July 10, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: I got a chance to catch up with Joe Beddia, the busy man at Pizza Beddia, which Bon Appétit named the best pizza in America. Much has changed for the tiny pizza shop in Fishtown. But much has not. The waits are even more insane. And it's not like Beddia is known as a speedy pie-tosser. Better get used to it, for now. Such an honor for an iconoclast like Beddia, even well-deserved, sounds like the definition of a mixed blessing: "It's always good to see good work appreciated, but it's been a little overwhelming.
June 5, 2015 |
LET'S FACE IT: Going to a Phillies game these days isn't quite as much phun as it used to be. OK, it's a bummer. But the Pharoah of Phillies Phood takes seriously the responsibility that comes with being the public taste buds of the Phillies Nation. Which is why I recently left Phood Phair, my palatial estate on the banks of Pennypack Creek, and spent some time at (a half-empty) Citizens Bank Park, taste-testing some of the new offerings for this season. While the Phools - er, the Phils - recently did a major hype job on the new offerings, El Phoodito wasn't impressed all that much.
April 27, 2015 |
John Weber saw something more than nearly 30,000 empty blue seats when he surveyed Citizens Bank Park during the Phillies' tedious, 9-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon. The man in charge of ballpark ticket sales also saw the past, and it jarred pleasant memories. "How amazing was it that we sold out 257 straight games and our fans came out on days like this one?" Weber said Friday during a telephone interview. "They supported us on so many days like that, and I give them all the credit in the world.
April 15, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - Matt Caton maneuvered around the wood skewer impaling a thick slice of maple-coated bacon. He took a bite. "Awesome," he said, chewing happily Sunday on the newest offering at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs' stadium. Caton knows that a health-focused organization tried to get the team, the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, to ban bacon last year. He didn't know that the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is back again this season. "Stop complaining and enjoy it with a baseball game," Caton said as the IronPigs battled the Pawtucket Red Sox. That's easy to do in a bacon-infused ballpark that features a mascot named Chris P. Bacon, and sells chocolate-covered bacon and bacon-scented T-shirts.
April 8, 2015 |
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, all the preseason prognostications promising a long season of fairly painful baseball, optimism abounded in South Philadelphia on Monday. Take Paula Waters, who threw her arms into the air upon entering Citizens Bank Park minutes before Cole Hamels' first pitch against the Boston Red Sox. "We're finally here," Waters shouted in delight after she got through the slog of a security line - metal detectors are new this year - and through the gates for opening day. The thing is: No matter how bad the Phillies are - or are expected to be - 45,549 fans still flocked to the ballpark to christen the season with a sense of exhilaration.
August 8, 2014 |
By the time Grady Sizemore crossed the plate early Wednesday morning to mercifully end the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Astros in 15 innings, the effort of the man who started the game more than five hours before was all but forgotten. But Ryne Sandberg did not want Kyle Kendrick's strong work to go unnoticed. Kendrick pitched through seven innings for the first time in more than a month. He allowed one run, his best outing in 10 starts. Kendrick threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 25 batters.
July 7, 2014 |
MILWAUKEE - It was the best of times, it was the wurst of times. One minute I'm high-fiving cheering people in the stands, and the next thing I know, I'm a bum. Ah, the life of an athlete - or at least one wearing a giant foam costume for a day. Klement's, the well-known Milwaukee sausage maker, sponsors the nightly "Sausage Races" at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, always in the middle of the sixth inning. This night, I was in it. With one out in the sixth, I donned "Frank," the Hot Dog outfit.
June 26, 2014 |
A crinkled 1989 Topps No. 570 is the lone item tacked to Tony Gwynn Jr.'s locker at Citizens Bank Park. A ballpark employee in right field handed Gwynn the baseball card about a month ago, and there is his young father, frozen in time with a Jheri curl as the game's best hitter, to watch over his only son. Gwynn returned to work Tuesday night after a week of mourning the death of his Hall of Fame father. He pinch-hit in the eighth inning of a 7-4 Phillies win over Miami. The Philadelphia fans greeted the 31-year-old outfielder with a standing ovation.
May 21, 2014 |
WHEN THE GATES to Citizens Bank Park opened yesterday at 4:30 p.m., fans began to flood the stadium as they would for a normal Phillies game. But instead of finding their seat and catching the end of batting practice, they lined up to meet the players who take that very field. The Phillies held their annual Phestival at the ballpark, where about 7,000 fans got the chance to help raise money in the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Yankees great giving his famous speech after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and the 30th year of the Phillies' partnership with the ALS Association.
April 9, 2014
Traffic information can be found at www.511pa.com , www.511nj.org or by calling 511 before or after the game. Mass transit: www.septa.org.ncq Tickets: Standing-room-only tickets go on sale at noon at the first-base ticket windows. Citizens Bank Way party, beginning at 1 p.m. and free for fans, includes a live performance by Go Go Gadjet. Phillies batting practice begins at 1:13 p.m. Gates open at 1:35 p.m. All fans will receive a Citizens Bank Park commemorative banner.