PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For many, Opening Day is nearly a holiday.

Joe Schneberger is a familiar face at the ballpark, selling programs at every game for decades.

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“41 years,” he said.

The game is perhaps the only sign of spring at the moment.

“Aside from it being very, cold — there’s a warm feeling,” said longtime fan Jerry Ventresca of Ambler.

Tens of thousands of fans packed Citizens Bank Park on Thursday for the Phillies home opener against the Miami Marlins.

“As a kid, I always got to come to the park so it’s great to bring my kids and their cousins for Opening Day and having a great time together,” said Meredith Becker of Cherry Hill.

It’s a family tradition that only continues to build their love of the sport.

13-year-old Richie Burger learned to play baseball from his dad.

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“He’s been playing forever so it carries on to me basically,” the Northeast Philadelphia native said.

Considering how successful of a year it’s been for Philadelphia sports, fans say it’s the Phillies’ turn now.

“After the Eagles won, I keep saying, ‘Pinch me!’ It’s nice to be in the city of champions,” Ventresca said.

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