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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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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
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.
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.
SPORTS
December 16, 2011 | BY ZACH BERMAN, bermanz@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Come Jan. 2, when the Flyers and Rangers play the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies' home ballpark will be transformed into an homage to outdoor hockey. The NHL's signature regular-season event will appear seamlessly integrated into a facility specifically erected to provide an optimal baseball-viewing experience. The bulk of the preparation responsibilities fall on the shoulders of Don Renzulli, the NHL's senior vice president of events. In April, he started overseeing biweekly logistical planning meetings with about 50 people in the largest conference room on the 14th floor in the NHL's New York offices.
SPORTS
April 1, 2006 | By Rob Parent INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sometime during his formative years in Roxborough, perhaps Phillies president David Montgomery played a game or two of wall-ball. At least that's the way it looked yesterday at the newly angled Citizens Bank Park, with Montgomery chairing a contingent of Phillies brass standing in the left-field corner of the park, and bouncing a baseball off the wall in various locations. No one was taking score, but they were taking notes. Soon enough, they'll see the new way the ball bounces in left field themselves.
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July 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week ago Monday, during his now-infamous pre-All-Star Game sound-off regarding his desire to be traded, Jonathan Papelbon was asked if he had pondered the possibility he might be stuck with the Phillies. "Of course," he said that afternoon in Cincinnati. "That thought definitely goes through my mind. Like I said, man, it's one step at a time. I can't think that far ahead. " But as the July 31 trade deadline nears, the possibility lingers that the veteran closer might remain with baseball's worst team until at least the offseason.
SPORTS
July 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY is not a candidate to move to a new team before Major League Baseball's trade deadline, which arrives a week from tomorrow, on July 31. He hasn't played in a game in a month while rehabbing from a right ankle injury, and he's been mired in a funk at the plate for more than a year. But during his current hiatus, Utley might have found a flaw in his swing that was related to his injury. If he returns within the next couple of weeks, and shows something offensively, Utley could potentially move to a new team before Sept.
SPORTS
July 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A WEEK FROM today the Phillies will alter the shape of their franchise, move their rebuild into the highest of high gears and shake the very foundation of Citizens Bank Park when they ship Cole Hamels to a contending team prior to the trade deadline. Or they'll hold onto Hamels, and revisit the market this winter. Which is the smarter play? Which of those options gets the front office to the finish line first, with "finish line" meaning "fielding a perennial contending team"?
SPORTS
July 23, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In Baton Rouge, the place to go when the big game is on is Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar on Burbank Drive, within staggering-home distance of the campus at Louisiana State University, and J.P. Kelly was there Tuesday night. Kelly is the athletic director at Catholic High School, Aaron Nola's alma mater. He knows Nola well, and he was not going to miss the chance to see the kid's first major-league start. Few in Baton Rouge were. A local sports-talk station had set up a 24-hour countdown clock that expired when Nola threw his first pitch Tuesday.
SPORTS
July 23, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
RUBEN AMARO JR. found an empty chair next to the rookie pitcher's locker and waited for him to return. When Aaron Nola joined him, he received a few warm words and a hearty handshake from the Phillies' general manager. Maikel Franco followed, offering a fist bump to the 22-year-old righthander. Then relievers Luis Garcia, Hector Neris and Justin De Fratus, with a handshake, a hug, or a slap on the behind for the Louisianan Kid. Aaron Nola was as good as advertised in his major league debut.
SPORTS
July 23, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MAIKEL FRANCO might not return to the Phillies' lineup until they arrive at Wrigley Field on Friday, but at least he isn't destined for the disabled list. A night removed from exiting a game against the Tampa Bay Rays with right elbow soreness, Franco limited his pregame activity yesterday to shagging balls in the outfield during batting practice. Before he took the field, Franco said he felt better and was eager to return to the lineup today, when the Phillies wrap up their homestand with a matinee against Tampa at Citizens Bank Park.
SPORTS
July 23, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tampa Bay used six pitchers Tuesday night. The visiting bullpen was one of the busiest places in the ballpark. And each pitcher who entered proved to be just as mystifying to the Phillies in their 1-0 loss at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies mustered only four hits. One of them was by pitcher Aaron Nola. It was the sixth time this season that the Phillies recorded four hits or fewer. The righthander's major-league debut was spoiled by a lack of run support. The Phillies were held scoreless for the 11th time this season and third time this month.
SPORTS
July 23, 2015
   Maikel Franco stretched with his teammates before batting practice, per usual, Tuesday afternoon and shagged fly balls in the outfield while his fellow position players took their hacks.    But for the first time since his May 15 promotion from triple-A Lehigh Valley, Franco did not play. The Phillies' rookie third baseman was given Tuesday night off after experiencing right elbow soreness late in Monday's win.       He could sit out Wednesday's matinee, too, mostly as a precaution ahead of an off day Thursday.
SPORTS
July 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cameron Rupp lowered his catcher's mitt as Steven Souza Jr. braced for the 2-2 pitch. For the first time all night, two Tampa Bay Rays were on base, and Aaron Nola was one strike from escaping the jam. Nola, long touted for pinpoint command of his three pitches, delivered a curveball down in the strike zone and a shade outside. Souza flailed at it for an inning-ending strikeout, punctuated with a fist pump by Rupp. It was telling that a 22-pitch fifth inning was the most laborious of the evening for Nola, who backed up the anticipation surrounding his major-league debut with six impressive frames of one-run baseball on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
SPORTS
July 22, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
This is going to be something to see and that is seldom said around here anymore. For a five-year span, Citizens Bank Park trumped the Jersey Shore, the Poconos and every other site in our area as the place to be in the searing heat of summer. From the parking lot tailgates to the congested strolls out on Ashburn Alley, the ballpark was a happening as much as it was a place for a great baseball game. That is all gone now. Only the diehards and those with free or deeply discounted tickets plop into the blue seats to watch a team that has trouble hitting, pitching and fielding most nights.
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