October 6, 2010 |
Phillies fans are psyched to be a part of yet another rendition of Red October, but when it comes to hunting for tickets, it's Reds fans who have them beat. Just slightly. Ticket prices in Philadelphia for today's Game 1 at Citizens Bank Park held an average of $202 as of late yesterday, according to online ticket website StubHub. Prices ranged from $69 for seats in the Terrace Deck (400s) and as much as $900 for select seats in the Diamond Club, StubHub said. Roughly 2,700 tickets were available for sale on StubHub as of last night for Game 1. About 2,000 tickets were available for Friday's Game 2. However, Cincinnati fans, feeling the frenzy of the Reds' first postseason appearance since 1995, are willing to shell out just a bit more for Game 3 at Great American Ball Park.
October 4, 2010 |
ATLANTA - Sitting in the visitors' dugout at Turner Field, Scott Proefrock gazed across the sun-soaked field and focused his eyes high above the leftfield wall. With a nod of the head, he pointed to the 16 pennants plastered above the lower seating bowl, each of them bearing the year of a Braves division title. "The most difficult thing in sports is not to get good," the Phillies assistant general manager said. "It's to stay good. " At four in a row, the Phillies have a long way to go before they can equal the Braves' run of 14 consecutive division titles (1991-2005)
October 1, 2010 |
RED OCTOBER! Our time to howl! So keep sending your Phillies stories and photos to GOT HEART: On Sept. 7, Juan Lopez of Burlington Township, N.J., did what he's done for 18 years - took 400 fans from his community to the Phillies game. He and his son Nicholas, 12, sat with the special-needs members of their group to make sure they were comfortable. When Raul Ibanez hit a triple, the Phils' third-base coach, Sam Perlozzo, handed Nicholas the ball. Later, the Marlins' Hanley Ramirez threw Nicholas another one. An older fan sitting nearby told Nicholas that he had come to games for 30 years but never got a ball.
March 29, 2009 |
The last time a National League team repeated as World Series champion, Gerald Ford was in the White House, cookie-cutter multipurpose stadiums were still really cool, and a blackberry was something you popped into your mouth after rinsing with cool water. The Cincinnati Reds, with future Hall of Famers on the field and in the dugout, ruled baseball in 1975 and 1976. On a short list of the greatest teams ever, they carried a moniker that even today resonates with greatness. The Big Red Machine.
October 17, 2008
MY BOSS asked me to take a 28-year walk through Phillies World Series history - one is the loneliest number - and pick a Legends of the Fall Classic All-Star team. My apologies to centenarians who might remember the 1915 Grover Cleveland Alexander Phils. And to Greatest Generation members who count the 1950 Whiz Kids as special as 25 cents-a-gallon gas. But there are simply too many calendar pages between the Phillies of Rich Ashburn and Robin Roberts and the lonely 1980 title.
October 8, 2008 |
The Phillies have heard a little something about a championship drought in Philadelphia. It is something like 25 years or 250. It is just 25 - not too long considering the Earth is between several thousand and 4.5 billion years old, depending on whom you ask - though it certainly feels longer. But the Phillies, who will open the National League Championship Series tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park, don't feel the pressure to end the drought.
August 27, 1999 |
The good news about "The 13th Warrior" is that, sometimes, it looks like "Braveheart. " The bad news is that, sometimes, it looks like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," and is often just as funny, although it doesn't mean to be. "Warrior" stars Antonio Banderas as Ahmed, a learned Arab poet banned from Arabia (he was an adulterer) and sent as punishment to Europe, where men live primitively. The refined Ahmed is appalled by the "northmen" he encounters, and in its early moments, "The 13th Warrior" is an interesting twist on the usual message about tolerance: white people discovering that "heathen" cultures really aren't so barbaric.
March 20, 1998 |
Novelist Tom Clancy practically scoffed when a rival bidder threatened his purchase of the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL justified Clancy's confidence yesterday, upholding his right to buy the team. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue rejected a claim by Vikings president Roger Headrick that he had the right to match Clancy's offer of slightly more than $200 million. Clancy's purchase still must be approved by 23 of the 30 NFL owners. The matter is not likely to be discussed during next week's owners meetings at Orlando, Fla. The next owners meeting is May 19 and 20 at Miami.
February 4, 1998 |
In one of his novels, Tom Clancy got the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl and then destroyed them with a nuclear weapon. The best-selling author hopes to write a different ending to the Vikings' next Super Bowl trip now that the current owners have accepted his bid to buy the team. Clancy's NFL-record offer of slightly more than $200 million all but ended one of the league's most unusual ownership structures and allowed Clancy to fulfill a long-held ambition of buying an NFL team.
February 4, 1998 |
If the NFL approves, novelist Tom Clancy, already a minority owner of baseball's Baltimore Orioles, will become the new lead owner of football's Minnesota Vikings. "I just got a call that my bid has been accepted and I have bought the Minnesota Vikings," Clancy said yesterday from his home in Baltimore. Clancy, 50, the author of such military thrillers as The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger, said he intended to keep the team in Minnesota. He has an undisclosed number of limited partners and would not say how much they had bid. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the bid was $206 million, a National Football League record.