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August 27, 2007 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jim Thome first walked onto the field at Citizens Bank Park, he had a sensation akin to that of a very hungry man entering a bakery and picking up the scent of a buttercream layer cake. Something was in the air, and he knew he was going to like it. Thome, who hit 47 home runs in 2003, the Phillies' last year at the Vet, still remembers that first batting practice, on April 3, 2004, as the ball club prepared to open its brand-new stadium with an exhibition game. "The ball carried really well," Thome recalled on a June visit with his current team, the Chicago White Sox. Really well.
NEWS
November 22, 2011
The rematch of last season's Flyers Cup AAA championship will take place at Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 4 as part of the Winter Classic festivities. Malvern Prep announced on Tuesday that it would face La Salle at 5 p.m. at the home of the Phillies. The game will be followed by Neumann University vs. Penn State. In last year's Flyers Cup, the Explorers downed Malvern Prep, 3-2, in overtime at the Wells Fargo Center, before falling to Pittsburgh's Upper St. Clair in the state final.
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May 14, 2014 | By Jake Kaplan, Daily News Staff Writer
IN THE 2 1/2 years since he last played with the Phillies, Raul Ibanez has been a playoff hero for the Yankees, experienced a third stint with the Mariners and, at the age of 41, signed a 1-year deal with the Angels. He has not, however, been back to Citizens Bank Park. The Yankees didn't visit South Philly in 2012, nor did the Mariners last season, so tonight is Ibanez's first game back in town since he left. He's looking forward to it. "I think it will be great to get back there," he said before a recent game against Washington at Nationals Park.
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April 2, 2013 | BY KIMBERLY SLAVEN, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHILLIES play the Kansas City Royals on Friday in the 2013 home opener. Here's a guide to the 2013 season down at Citizens Bank Park. NEW FOOD * Federal Donuts (Ashburn Alley): Indulge in Philly's latest food sensation: fried chicken and doughnuts. * Alley Brewing Company (Ashburn Alley): A beer garden has finally made its way to the ballpark, featuring Alley Brewing Company Lager, made exclusively for Citizens Bank Park. * Gluten-Free Stand (Behind Section 136)
SPORTS
June 27, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO - These days, the chatter about Citizens Bank Park as a bandbox is muted because the home team cannot hit for power. The ballpark gained its reputation more than a decade ago when robust Phillies lineups dumped high flies into flower beds. Pitchers from opposing teams complained; the effect became exaggerated. But earlier this month, when potent Toronto and Arizona lineups came to Philadelphia and bashed 17 homers in six games, it served as a reminder of how Citizens Bank Park has become such a disadvantage for the home team.
SPORTS
March 29, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
The Phillies will play two exhibition games this weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park. Friday's game begins at 7:05 p.m. Ashburn Alley opens at 4:35 p.m. and gates open at 5:35. Friday's game will be on The Comcast Network. Saturday's game is 1:05 p.m., with Ashburn Alley opening at 10:35 a.m. and gates opening at 11:05 a.m. Saturday's game will be on PHL17. Both games will be on WPHT (1210-AM) and WIP (94.1-FM). Tickets are available for both games, at www.phillies.com or by calling 215-463-1000.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Home of the Phillies will become home of the Dragons on Saturday. For the first time in about two decades, Drexel University will hold a universitywide commencement ceremony, and its venue will be Citizens Bank Park. It's also a first for the park; the Phillies home field has never been used for a university graduation before. Instead of seeing Ryan Howard hit a home run, graduates and their families will get advice from commencement speaker Donna Shalala, former U.S. secretary of health and human services.
SPORTS
October 6, 2008
Expect the price for tickets to the National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park, at least on the secondary market, to jump more than 50 percent from their average for the previous series. StubHub suggested last Thursday that the average price for a Phillies ticket for the NLCS would be $222. Tickets into the NLDS at the park averaged around $145. Dodgers tickets, as of last Thursday's report, figured to sell for an average of $142. Tickets to see the Rays, if they advance, will average $105.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2012 | Chuck Darrow
Outlet: Hatfield Grill, behind sections 135 and 136. We went: Pregame, 6:13 p.m. Wait: None. Order: The No. 2, a double cheeseburger with a side of fries. Cost: $8.50. Phindings: As the Phoodmeister strolled the concourse at Citizens Bank Park earlier this week, he pondered a heretofore unpondered question: Can you get a decent hamburger in our red-spattered slice of baseball heaven? We sought our answer at the establishment named, of course, for the venerable purveyor of meat.
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August 16, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Paredes has been the most obscure Phillies player since joining the team on June 1. The outfielder rarely played. And when he did, it was not memorable. That changed on Sunday in a 7-6 win over Colorado. Paredes started his morning in the team's hot tub, hoping to warm up on a day that would reach 95 degrees at first pitch. It was the hottest game at Citizens Bank Park since 2013. Paredes said he arrived at the ballpark with a chill because of the strong air conditioner at his home.
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August 16, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Adam Morgan returned to triple A last month as a pitcher who appeared to be losing his footing with the Phillies. He was being shuffled between the team's starting rotation and the bullpen. The lefthander lacked an identity, which he may have rediscovered in the minor leagues. Morgan excelled with the IronPigs, registering a 2.75 ERA in five outings before rejoining the Phillies on Sunday. But the game did not quite grant him the chance to showcase his growth, as he left the game in the fourth inning after being hit on the left arm by a line drive.
SPORTS
August 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Ryan Howard dropped his bat, stood at home plate and watched. He watched his grand slam rocket over the right-center-field wall, watched it crash into Citizens Bank Park's visiting bullpen, and watched it trigger a 10-6 win over the Colorado Rockies. The watch was vintage Howard. And his recent run may be enough for Howard to find himself playing for a contender for the final stretch of the season. The grand slam - Howard's 14th of his career - is the first baseman's seventh homer in his last 27 games.
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August 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
LOS ANGELES - On the night Michael Mariot was born, a baseball game flashed on the TV inside his mother's West Hills, Calif., hospital room. It was Oct. 20, 1988. Soon before Diana Mariot gave birth to her son, the Dodgers won the World Series and Vin Scully described every moment. "I thought it was pretty special," Michael Mariot said, "that I was born to his voice. " So the Phillies reliever joined two of his teammates and third-base coach Juan Samuel, a former Dodger, on a pregame excursion Wednesday morning.
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August 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
LOS ANGELES - Jeremy Hellickson threw a pitch in the fifth inning Wednesday afternoon, grabbed his back, and this is how a mediocre trip to the West Coast almost became destructive. The Phillies won as many games as they lost in California, but they will return home with some fears about their starting rotation. They beat the Dodgers, 6-2, because Freddy Galvis bashed his first homer against a lefthander in almost two years. That generated a happy flight home. It could have been worse; Hellickson left the game after the fifth with tightness in his back, but he expects to make his next scheduled start.
SPORTS
August 10, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
LOS ANGELES - Every night, Chase Utley said, he sees one or two Phillies jerseys in the stands. The native Californian plays here, so far from the first 13 years of his major-league career that made him an adopted son of Philadelphia. But the jerseys are a reminder. So is a certain phrase he uttered after a parade one October afternoon. "I hear it here at this stadium," Utley said Monday as he grabbed the top of the home dugout at Dodger Stadium, hours before he faced his old team for the first time.
SPORTS
August 9, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO - Carlos Ruiz has thought about what it will be like when Chase Utley, wearing a white Dodgers uniform, steps into the batter's box Monday to face the Phillies. The two men were teammates for a decade. Utley, one of the most iconic players in Phillies history, carries a certain level of respect. It has been almost a year since the Phillies traded him to Los Angeles. And, still, it will be jarring to see him play against his former team. "If I'm kneeling down waiting for a pitch, I don't even know how I'm going to look at him," Ruiz said.
SPORTS
August 9, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia barely saw Alex Rodriguez during a 22-year career that he tearfully announced Sunday will come to an official close Friday night at Yankee Stadium. We did, however, see him enough to loathe him in much the same way they do in Boston, Baltimore and all of the New York Yankees' rival cities. In fact, Phillies fans have more reason to dislike him than all the other cities combined. Brian Cashman reminded us why Sunday. When asked about the man the Yankees will pay $20 million not to play next season, the team's general manager removed his 2009 World Series ring to make a point.
SPORTS
August 8, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO - Twenty two pitches into his major-league career, Jake Thompson glanced at the Phillies dugout and saw his new pitching coach, Bob McClure, coming toward him. Thompson, 22 and wide-eyed, arrived here as a touted prospect. The game humbled him within minutes. "Kind of typical," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said, "for a guy in his debut. " Thompson's introduction Saturday night, a 9-7 loss to the Padres, was not memorable. He allowed four first-inning runs to a mediocre San Diego lineup and could not survive five innings.
NEWS
August 7, 2016
Hours before the first pitch, Wes Whittington pushed open a steel-mesh fence at the bottom of the centerfield light tower and climbed 29 steps up a narrow metal ladder into the sky above Citizens Bank Park. He could see the skyline in the space between each step. He jokes these days that it seems like someone has added more steps to the ladder. Whittington took his seat inside his glass-enclosed perch just above Harry the K's restaurant. It was time to go to work - time to watch the people who've come out to watch the ballgame.
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