October 4, 2011 |
Nobody else could sell pistachios. Others tried. Just Pistachio Girl. She parted the seas, the standing-room-only crowds at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night, and bounced down the aisles, a cult figure. Art Ehlo, 58, a season-ticket holder down the third-base line, gave her a fist bump. "I've got pictures of her in my phone with me," he said. Debbie Brown, an usher in Section 136, took a photo. "She's fascinating," Brown said. "She's part of this ballpark. There's a whole page for her on Facebook, 'Fans of The CBP Pistachio Girl.' " More than 500 people "like" it. Pistachio Girl has no idea who started it. In Section 116, a desperate voice rang out, "I love you, Pistachio Girl!"
August 6, 2016 |
Everyone wore red on Thursday: the Phillies fans and the Unite Here pickets, in their union's trademark red T-shirts, who were marching by the hundreds outside Citizens Bank Park. Just like the Phillies, defeated after the San Francisco Giants scored a tie-breaking 10th-inning run, the ballpark's African American workers are losing, as well, said the union that represents them. That's because they tend to work disproportionately in the lowest-paying jobs, the union said. "It's a huge racial disparity," said Dermot Delude-Dix, a researcher with Unite Here Local 274, the hospitality workers union now in contract talks with Aramark, the Philadelphia-based global catering company that employs them at the ballpark.
April 14, 2000 |
The day after the old Schmidt's brewery site at 2nd Street and Girard Avenue was rejected as a stadium site by a mayoral transition subcommittee, City Council President Anna Verna said the location ought to be considered. "I think it should be looked at," Verna said in response to reporters' questions yesterday. "Listening to people from that community, they're literally begging for it. " There's just one problem. They're not all begging for it. Terry Youngblood, director of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, said yesterday she had placed a call to Verna to set the record straight.
May 3, 2000 |
Circle this date. It's the day when Mayor Street teaches us the difference between being accessible and being accountable. This is the day when he steps in it, the day when consensus-building gives way to edict-issuing. Today, the buck comes to a screeching halt. Because this is the day when the mayor officially ends his Center City trolley tour, thanks everyone involved in this important stadium decision, then politely disregards what most of them wanted. Mostly, they wanted him to take his stadium and put it elsewhere.
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 12, 1994 |
The Texas Rangers unveiled their new home, The Ballpark in Arlington, to rave reviews. But they'll have to wait for their first victory. Texas's new $189 million home mixes a blend of old-fashioned design and modern luxuries, and two of the stadium's most distinct aspects - a short rightfield and tight foul lines - came into play immediately as the Milwaukee Brewers posted a 4-3 victory yesterday. "Coming in here is just an exhilarating feeling," Texas closer Tom Henke said.
July 3, 1987 |
It's surprising that Jesse Jackson has become so easily satisfied. Months ago, Jackson was outraged that major-league baseball had so few blacks in top management positions. And he warned that if things didn't improve soon, there would be a boycott of baseball games on July 4, traditionally one of the biggest attendance days of the season. Now, with July 4 almost here, Jackson says he isn't going to hold a boycott after all. "There will not be a boycott on July 4," he said, "because the process is well under way. " Say, what?
April 7, 2001 |
Richie Sexson felt as if he had just won a championship after his tiebreaking home run made the Milwaukee Brewers winners in their Miller Park debut. "It's something I'll carry with me forever. It's going to be one of the high points of my career," said Sexson, whose solo shot in the eighth inning gave Milwaukee a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds last night. Sexson's home run off Dennys Reyes (0-2) traveled 435 feet and sent Bernie Brewer twisting down his swank toboggan-like yellow slide that replaced his outmoded one that was torn down with the rest of County Stadium.
February 27, 2001
Mark Alan Hughes' Op-ed column (Feb. 16) was well-balanced, and thus incongruous with the biggest public-private project in Philadelphia's history. For years, Philadelphia allegedly debated the site of our biggest public-private investment in city history - the new Phillies ballpark. Last spring, the mayor publicly alleged he was interested in "finding" a site like Baltimore's Camden Yards, while expressing a commitment to confronting urban blight. Civic advocates proposed the only site directly analogous - the old Schmidt's Brewery at 2nd Street and Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties, adjacent to our waterfront.
July 31, 2009
I OPENED my door this morning to retrieve my Daily News, anxious to see the front-page story. I was sure it would be about the senseless beating death of David Sale at Citizens Bank Park. Instead, I saw a picture of one of the Sexy Singles for 2009. What happened to news on the front page? By the way, I bring the Daily News into work every day so other people can enjoy it. Two of my co-workers made the same comment about the front page. Sexy Single trumps murder? Elaina Corrato, Philadelphia