April 28, 2013 |
READING - A lot of things have changed in the decade since Carlos Ruiz last played a game here. The 62-year-old ballpark is still the oldest in the Double A Eastern League, but instead of the Phillies, the team is now named the Fightin Phils and has a boxing ostrich as a mascot - as well as two real ones - Ruth and Judy. But if Ruiz were going to have his two-game tuneup at any place in the Phillies' system, Reading would be the place. It was 2004 in Reading when the then-25-year-old catcher from Panama first caught the eye of the organization as a serious major league prospect.
April 21, 2013 |
WITH A RUNNER on base and two outs in the seventh inning, a large portion of the 45,092 people at Citizens Bank Park rose from their seats and let out a hearty applause. Since the news had just broke in Boston that one of the Boston Marathon bombers had been caught, one observer did a quick sweep of the ballpark with his eyes to see whether it had been announced on a video screen at the ballpark. But, no, this wasn't about the manhunt that had almost all of America glued to its televisions from the early morning until after sunset.
March 31, 2013 |
It's corny. I'll be the first to concede it. It plays into a story line that has been passed from generation to generation for more than 100 years. But you know what? There is something that just makes baseball a little bit different. No sport, not the all-powerful National Football League, not the National Basketball Association or the National Hockey League, has the unique vibe that is given off when the start of Major League Baseball is just around the corner. The explanation for this doesn't always come easy - sometimes you get a blank stare.
March 31, 2013
We have surveyed what's new and exclusive to the Citizens Bank Park Majestic Clubhouse Store this season. And we can assure you of this: The "Hug-A-Phanatic" plush ($29.99) will be the runaway hit in the Daddy I Need That category. It's big. It's plush. It's the Phanatic. And beyond that, it's interactive. A child puts her hands into the Phanatic's own fuzzy green paws, and whenever she claps he claps. Genius. Our own SportsWeek mascot Jessica Berkery (left in photo), got the hang of it in, oh, a second and was last seen leaving the Daily News premises with the Hug-A-Phanatic glued to her person.
March 28, 2013 |
The Phillies' top minor-league affiliate announced Tuesday it is set to debut a "urinal gaming system" at its ballpark in Allentown next week. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs tapped a British company to install the system in men's restrooms at Coca-Cola Park. A display is mounted above each urinal. When a fan approaches, the urinal switches into gaming mode. Aiming left or right controls play on the screen. Upon completion (an average of over 50 seconds), users get a score and code to enter.
March 16, 2013 |
Stanley M. Cole, 89, a principal in the firm of EwingCole and chief architect of Citizens Bank Park, died Tuesday, March 12, of complications from pneumonia at Paoli Hospital. Joseph T. Kelly, chairman and chief executive of EwingCole, remembered Mr. Cole as "a great leader and a good person. We are all indebted to Stan for the opportunities he helped provide for us. He will be sorely missed. " Mr. Cole began his career in 1948 after graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in architecture and engineering.
February 13, 2013 |
At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the annual scramble begins for seats to individual Phillies games at Citizen Bank Park. For weeks, the only options have ranged from Three Game Packs to full season ticket plans. Opening Day (4:05 p.m. April 5 against Kansas City) will be the only date off-limits tomorrow, available just through a Six Game Pack and an online drawing. Tickets will be sold online through www.phillies.com/tickets , by calling 215-463-1000, or at the ticket windows on the west side of the ballpark.
October 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Gio Gonzalez, who seven seasons ago was an undeveloped kid who pitched for the Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate, is now a composed man about to throw the first postseason pitch for a Washington baseball team since the Senators' Jack Russell in the 1933 World Series. With Stephen Strasburg locked away in the Nationals' arm-protection program, Gonzalez is scheduled to start Game 1 of Washington's division series Sunday after earning Cy Young Award consideration with a 21-8 record and 2.89 ERA during the regular season.
August 29, 2012 |
GOOGLE THE nation's name and this is what you get: "Uganda Little League" lands just ahead of "Uganda Genocide," a contrast that immediately reminds you that this story of 11 well-traveled Little Leaguers is too big to get your head around, and too beautiful too. But let's give it a shot anyway. Lugazi, the Ugandan Little League team that won enough games and handed in enough forms this summer to make it to Williamsport, was at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night, the guests of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
August 21, 2012 |
A typical crowd at Citizens Bank Park is so saturated with team merchandise that it sometimes looks as if a red-and-white flavored scene has been staged for a Phillies commercial. The ballpark's parking lots, where Phillies flags flutter like the banners of a great army, are filled with cars bearing team decals, license-plate frames, antenna pennants. Thousands of fans who emerge from those vehicles are wearing team jerseys or T-shirts, and many are additionally equipped with club-related products from their tops (the familiar red hats or the newest sensations, Phanatic dangle caps)