March 23, 2013 |
This weekend's "Pup Rally" and a 5K with a post-race party mark the start of Paint the Town Red Week, the Phillies' annual build-up to the first games at Citizens Bank Park. Leading this crimson tide of enthusiasm will, of course, be the Red Phanatic, who's expected at every event. Note that Thursday is the deadline to buy tickets for Friday's On Deck With the Phillies Reception. Phillies Charities 5K, Saturday. It's too late to sign up to be one of the 5,000 runners, but fans on hand at 9 a.m. on Phillies Drive at the park will get to see former pitcher Tommy Greene, ballgirls, Phoebe Phanatic and broadcaster/event emcee Jim Jackson, and pick up "Phillies beads and cheercards (while supplies last)
February 14, 2013
Clearwater, Fla., was not the only place the Phillies made a splash Wednesday. While the players opened spring training at Bright House Field, Paula Bryan of Wallingford was first in line at Citizens Bank Park as Phillies single-game tickets went on sale. Although the ticket office was not scheduled to open until 8:30 a.m., Bryan - with her lawn chair and bundled up in a heavy coat, scarf, and gloves - staked out her spot at 7 p.m. Tuesday. By 8 a.m. Wednesday, about 50 people had lined up behind Bryan, and the Phillies provided a few surprises.
June 1, 2012
ONCE, IN A simpler, less litigious time, fans at a baseball park could turn to their left, turn to their right, and someone would be sitting nearby listening to the game on the radio. It enhanced their enjoyment of the game even if their vision was 20/20, the on-air banter keeping them company through the slow but pleasurable pace of a summer game. And if they were visually impaired? It allowed them, for those 2 or 3 hours, to share an experience with their sighted friends or, in the cases of people such as my wife, with their husbands, sons and daughters.
October 7, 2011 |
The Phanatic, ballgirls, broadcasters, former players and some media notables will be touring downtown in a trolley today, pumping up Phillies fans and handing out thousands of rally towels and cheer cards. The excursion was to begin by noon at Citizens Bank Park, head up Broad Street, loop around Rittenhouse Square, then take Chestnut toward Old City, before hitting Front and Broad Streets on the return trip home. It's all to build excitement for the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
October 3, 2011 |
WAY BACK on April 1, on the road to their 102-win season, the Phillies played their home opener. It was a game in which they hit the ball - but always right at the Astros and often for easy outs. And, until the final inning, the game lacked the anticipated energy of a home opener and that of a team picked by most to be in the World Series. Down 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, they put together a come-from-behind win with a John Mayberry walk-off single that confirmed what we all expected - that our team would be playing for a World Championship and that they would, in the end, be able to do what it takes to win. For me and countless other fans, that first win - and this entire season - has been transformative.
April 18, 2011 |
Editor's note: Inquirer staff writer Mike Jensen doesn't blog, doesn't tweet, doesn't Facebook. If he's got something to say, he'll think out loud on Page 2. Rain helps Philly fans With the Sixers and Flyers both playing crucial first-round playoff games Monday night, it raises the question: Didn't the NHL and NBA use to cooperate on this stuff for playoff games, trying to avoid forcing viewers in a city to choose? It's just good business sense for the leagues not to divide markets.
April 1, 2011 |
TELEVISION Game broadcasts: Comcast SportsNet is scheduled to air 105 games (all in high definition). Games aired at 7 p.m. will replay at 10:30. MyPHL17 will air 45 games, nine games will be on Fox and three on ESPN. Six games will be simultaneously broadcast on MLB Network. Flyers and Sixers playoff games could change the schedule and the Phillies could be shown on more national broadcasts. Broadcast team: Tom McCarthy returns to do play-by-play, and Gary "Sarge" Matthews and Chris Wheeler will serve as color commentators.
March 14, 2011 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The 130-mile bus trip and the split-squad games the day before and another long trip to Kissimmee coming up and the hour of sleep lost to daylight saving time making the necessary early wake-up call that much more daunting provided all the pretext necessary. So the Phillies sent a traveling squad to Hammond Stadium full of players who have one thing in common: All still have something to prove. Major League Baseball suggests a minimum of four regulars for all spring-training exhibitions, a good rule of thumb considering the price of exhibition tickets.
February 20, 2011 |
The Walnut Street Theatre is going for baroque, as its main-stage mounting of Amadeus has broken the 202-year-old theater's box-office record for a straight play (nonmusical). Its $341,109 in ticket sales sent Amadeus past the 2008-09 production of Tennessee Williams ' A Streetcar Named Desire ($314,840). Add to that the theater's 50,000-plus subscribers. The Walnut added a March 6 performance of the Peter Shaffer -written Tony winner, which presents the tortured relationship between composers Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart . Media notes Heather Marter , 22, a 2007 grad of Delran High and a broadcast journalism major at Monmouth University, is in the cast of Real World: Las Vegas , which will premiere March 9 at 10 p.m. on MTV. The Dennis & Michele midday show on WKXW (New Jersey 101.5)
September 29, 2010 |
When your paycheck comes from the team you are broadcasting for, Larry Andersen concedes that it can be a fine line between being "honest" and "too honest" in your analysis of the game. But in 13 years in the Phillies booth, Andersen has walked that fine line with a light touch that has endeared him to what can be a demanding public. In a survey conducted by the Daily News in conjunction with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University, Andersen was chosen by the fans as the No. 1 color commentator in Philadelphia.