The Phillies never gave up the lead that Schwarber provided and they opened the 2022 season with a 9-5 win over the Oakland A's in front of a sellout crowd of 44,232 at Citizens Bank Park.
The leadoff spot was a big problem for the Phils in 2021. They had a .302 on-base percentage there, second-worst in the majors.
Management went out and signed Schwarber to a four-year, million contract with the idea he'd bring on-base skill and power to the spot.
In addition to his leadoff homer, which came on a 3-2 pitch from Oakland starter Frankie Montas, Schwarber walked and singled home a run in five trips to the plate.
"What a way to introduce yourself," said teammate Rhys Hoskins, who had two hits and two RBIs