May 21, 2012 |
The Phillies fan in a Roy Halladay jersey turns his back to rightfield, where former Phillie Jayson Werth plays for the Washington Nationals. The fan resembles those you might see walking around Citizens Bank Park or Northern Liberties or Xfinity Live! on a game night, the type who became emblematic of Phillies euphoria amid the team's late-aught success, before the winning begat sky-high expectations — and equally high levels of anxiety about being in last place after the first six weeks of this season.
May 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Sports fans love a phenom. They enjoy the buildup and want to see if the player can match the seemingly unbearable hype. That explains so much interest in Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who is now hitting .261 with no home runs, three RBIs, and a .378 on-base percentage in barely a week as a big-leaguer. Forget the small sample size of statistics. Harper has been in the public consciousness since appearing on the Sports Illustrated cover at the age of 16. Now just 19, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Harper is a player people can't stop watching.
May 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - This was desperately billed as a rivalry in the nation's capital. Signage around Nationals Park was changed to read "Natitude Park" as part of a marketing campaign designed to attract more home than visiting fans to see baseball. It was a success; Nationals fans filled the place to watch their first-place team. They stood and cheered in the 11th inning as Wilson Ramos spread his arms, carrying a 4.5-game lead over the Phillies into the night. It ended as a 4-3 Nationals victory while the message "OUR PARK" was flashed on the scoreboard.
May 4, 2012 |
WE'RE GOING. We're getting into our cars and onto trains or buses and we're going. The Washington Nationals only think they can keep Phillies fans from swarming into Nationals Park with the ticket campaign that they inaugurated earlier this year: "Take Back the Park. " Think again. Philadelphia will be well-represented when the Phillies visit Washington for a three-game series beginning Friday night. We know this because you told us on our Facebook page. Luck Nucky: "I'm already booked!"
May 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Our Park. The Series. That was the only message being advertised Wednesday as the Washington Nationals took batting practice in their home ballpark along the Anacostia River. The plea for ticket sales, visible on every last bit of electronic advertising space in Nationals Park, had nothing to do with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team Washington was playing in a three-game series that concluded Thursday night. It was all about the long-awaited weekend series against the Phillies - the team whose fans have piled into buses and invaded the nation's capital in recent years.
March 21, 2012 |
Gene A. Woock, 75, of Fairmount, a resource specialist with the National Park Service, died Wednesday, March 14, of leukemia at home. Mr. Woock was with the National Park Service in Philadelphia from 1990 until retiring in 2002. His projects included developing hiking and biking trails over abandoned rail beds, his wife, Patricia Pronz Woock, said. Before moving to Philadelphia, Mr. Woock studied water management for two years on a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and then was on the staff of the university's Sea Grant Institute for 10 years.
March 18, 2012 |
The mountain road was under construction and we had been stopped for nearly 30 minutes. With the car in park and the emergency brake engaged, I got out and wandered with my camera. Cait and Richie followed. I snapped a few unexciting photos and looked around for those famous trees. "You have to see the trees," we had been told. "There's nothing in the world like them. " Until now we had seen only dogwoods and birches, all of which seemed pretty tame. A nearby ranger directed us back to the car, saying the line would start moving soon.
March 2, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - One of the perks of living in Philadelphia is the luxury of showing up to work every day without being surrounded by tens of thousands of New Yorkers. So imagine how Ty Wigginton felt one day in Baltimore when he sent a fly ball sailing over the outfield wall, only to be greeted as if he had finished the last of the corned beef. "I can remember hitting a home run one time that gave us the lead at home," Wigginton said yesterday, "and then hearing boos.
February 26, 2012
VIERA, Fla. - Sick and tired of watching their ballpark overflow with Phillies fans, the Washington Nationals implemented a ticket plan earlier this month that ticked off a lot of people in the Philadelphia area. The Nationals' idea was to limit sales to their own fans for an early-May three-game series between the teams in the nation's capital. We'll have to wait and see how that idea works. Look for plenty of Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee jerseys in attendance at Nationals Park anyway.