August 2, 2013 |
BRAD LIDGE jogged in from the bullpen at Citizens Bank Park as "Soldiers" blared from the speakers. Carlos Ruiz was ready behind the plate. Prior to last night's game, Lidge threw the ceremonial first pitch on the eve of the first day of the Phillies Alumni Weekend. Lidge, 36, who recorded 100 saves as a Phillies including running off a perfect 41 in a row in 2008, officially retired as a Phillie earlier in the day. "I always knew in my mind I'd be coming back to Philly somehow, some way," Lidge said.
June 14, 2010 |
While inspecting a container of bananas at the Port of Wilmington, customs agents discovered two brick-like objects hidden in the ventilation system. Then they found two dozen more. Inside those bundles were about 63 pounds of cocaine with a street value estimated at about $2 million, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The seizure was made June 6 by tactical operations officers from Wilmington and Philadelphia. The refrigerated container was aboard the M/V Dole Chile, part of the Western Hemisphere fleet of produce giant Dole.
March 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. airports, including Los Angeles International and O'Hare International in Chicago, are already experiencing delays in customs waiting lines as a result of automatic federal spending cuts, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday. Napolitano, who spoke at a Politico-sponsored event on the 10th anniversary of DHS, said delays will become worse. The Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection agencies, which are part of the Homeland Security Department, are in the process of issuing furlough notices and have cut overtime for employees.
September 25, 2015 |
A SHIPPING container seized by customs agents last week at the Port of Philadelphia contained Costa Rican pumpkins, fruit . . . and 363 pounds of cocaine. The drugs, with a street value of more than $6 million, were packaged in 384 thin slits laminated to the inside flaps of the fruit case boxes. The container of fruit was brought to port by the M/V Santa Maria, and was meant to travel to a distributor in the Bronx, federal officials said. During a routine inspection of the shipping container, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
October 3, 2010 |
On Oct. 19, Jose Melendez-Perez, the Joint Terrorism Task Force agent whose vigilance kept the intended 20th 9/11 hijacker out of the United States, will try to save his job. One month before 9/11, Melendez-Perez was doing secondary screening at Orlando International Airport when a young Saudi traveler arrived without correctly filling out his required paperwork. Right away, Mohamed al-Kahtani's cold stare gave Melendez-Perez the creeps. His street smarts were initially the reason he peppered Kahtani with questions.
February 20, 2010 |
Federal agents are cracking down on imports of a synthetic marijuana that has started appearing in the Philadelphia area. It is not illegal in any state to possess the substance, but Food and Drug Administration regulations bar its import and sale because it is not a tested and approved drug. Eighty-five parcels arriving from Amsterdam at a UPS facility at Philadelphia International Airport were detained and then seized after tests proved positive for the drug, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
September 27, 2010
The Phillies set a franchise record for attendance with 3,647,249 fans at Citizens Bank Park for the 81 home games this season. The Phillies have exceeded 3 million for four consecutive seasons and in five of the seven seasons at CBP. Every home game was sold out, with the team's sellout streak at 123 games. PHILLIES HOME ATTENDANCE: 2004 80 3,250,092 40,626 2005 80 2,665,304 33,316 2006 79 2,701,815 34,200 2007 81 3,108,325 38,374 2008 81 3,422,583 42,254 2009 81 3,600,693 44,453 2010 81 3,647,249 45,028 Includes home games only.
February 25, 2009
On Pat the Bat It won't be quite the same as Pat the Bat's return to Citizens Bank Park during the On Deck Series, but Burrell will likely be the Rays' DH to start Saturday's game in Clearwater against the Phils. - http://www.the700 I, for one, would give PtB the longest, loudest standing ovation possible. (That is, if I were in attendance.) - http://www.the700 Makes me sick to think of him somewhere else.
September 21, 2010
So the long-anticipated Phillies-Braves series got started Monday night. Are you like me? Do you have trouble working up a healthy antipathy for the Braves? The Mets, no sweat. The Cardinals, easy. The Marlins, not a problem. Even the Dodgers are easy to despise. The Braves, not so much. Oh, I could probably work up some hatred. The Braves complained about the CBP dimensions, and they play in a city that's largely an embarrassment when it comes to sports. Plus, Southerners use Coke when referring to any and all sodas.
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.