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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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March 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - All was quiet on the Florida front yesterday morning. The Phillies enjoyed their last day off until Easter Sunday, the day before they open the 2015 regular season at Citizens Bank Park against the Boston Red Sox. Two weeks from today, the team will break camp and head north. Although spring training officially began a month ago, there are still many unanswered questions as the exhibition season nears its end and the regular season approaches. 1 Where will Cole Hamels be on Opening Day?
SPORTS
March 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TAMPA, Fla. - After his second start of the spring, Aaron Harang walked alongside a member of the Phillies' training staff in the inner sanctum of George M. Steinbrenner Field last night. Harang, who turns 37 in May, has had to adjust his workouts in the last month. More stretching, more flexibility exercises. Despite having logged just five Grapefruit League innings, and enduring back issues twice in the last month, Harang remains confident he can be slotted into his projected spot after Cole Hamels in the second game of the Phillies season, in 3 weeks at Citizens Bank Park.
SPORTS
March 18, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - With Cliff Lee out for the foreseeable future after being placed on the 60-day disabled list yesterday afternoon, 3 weeks before Opening Day, the Phillies were in need of some good news on the starting rotation front. They got some earlier in the day. Aaron Harang threw a bullpen session yesterday morning and gave himself the green light to jump back into the spring starting rotation Thursday night in Tampa against the New York Yankees (7:05, ESPN). The righthander has already had two of his spring starts scratched with back issues.
SPORTS
March 10, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Chase Utley was not on the team bus for the 96-mile trip yesterday morning to Charlotte Sports Park, spring home of the Tampa Bay Rays. This wasn't surprising, though, since many veterans are given days off for lengthy spring-training road trips. And, of course, because Utley has yet to play a game in the first week of the exhibition season. Utley entered camp rehabbing from a sprained right ankle, an injury he suffered while fielding ground balls in January.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Last spring, Ken Giles was the kid in the back corner of the clubhouse with the filthiest fastball in the Grapefruit League. Since he had never played above Class A, though, Giles was sent to minor league camp midway through March. But then he would become a cult hero in Baseballtown, striking out 51 percent of the batters he faced during a monthlong stay at Double A Reading. And then he moved along to Allentown, where Triple A hitters were sent into fits with his triple-digit heat.
SPORTS
March 4, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In advance of today's Grapefruit League opener, let's take a look at some things that we've learned about this team over the first couple weeks of spring training. 1 Here's a fun game: Take a pencil and a piece of paper and attempt to construct the Phillies' Opening Day batting order. I'll wait. (Waits). Now let's compare answers. Here's the best I could do: 1. Ben Revere CF 2. Carlos Ruiz C 3. Chase Utley 2B 4. Ryan Howard 1B 5. Darin Ruf LF 6. Cody Asche 3B 7. Domonic Brown RF 8. Freddy Galvis SS If you are anything like me, this exercise served to reinforce one of the long-standing quirks of the Phillies' lineup: Man, is it lefthanded.
SPORTS
February 28, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The two most assumable things when the gates swung open at Citizens Bank Park in April of 2004 were that no elite pitchers would ever want to come to Philadelphia and the Phillies would never finish last in baseball in home runs. In the ballpark's infancy, lots of guys pitched and moaned about the close proximity of the left-field flower beds to home plate. Recently named Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz infamously called the ballpark a "joke" and "the worst decision ever made" because of how easy it was to hit a home run there.
SPORTS
February 25, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard was the can't-miss at-bat. When the Phillies first baseman stepped to the plate, you had to watch because his power potential was so intoxicating. You never knew when a baseball might crash into the bricks in center field at Citizens Bank Park. Now, he is the guy that nobody wants. You would not have known that Monday at Bright House Field. The television news cameras all focused on the Big Piece's every movement as he reported for work the day before the Phillies' first full-squad workout of spring training.
SPORTS
February 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After playing catch and running through pitcher's fielding practice on the second day of camp yesterday, Jonathan Papelbon changed into his street clothes and asked a media relations representative a question. "Can I wear this?" the veteran closer said, pulling a T-shirt out from his locker. When Papelbon arrived in the cafeteria-slash-news conference room at Bright House Field a few minutes later, when he talked to reporters for the first time in 2015, the closer wore his trademark smirk.
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