By ANDREW HOUGHTON
For ESPN MISSOULA
The Philadelphia Phillies opened the 2001 season on April 2 in Miami against the Marlins.
For most of the roster, it was a welcome chance to start the season away from the icy spring in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where temperatures were hovering in the 40s.
For 29-year-old rookie reliever Eddie Oropesa
, it was the biggest stroke of luck on his winding, nearly decade-long journey to the majors.