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October 7, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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March 23, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies have made minor adjustments to their broadcasting rotation this year that will once again center on Hall of Famer Harry Kalas calling the first three and last three innings on television. The biggest change has Scott Graham joining the television broadcasts for the middle three innings of play-by-play. "I think this is great for Scott," Kalas said by phone from Clearwater, Fla. "He has proven himself, and I'm sure he will do a great job. " Graham, who had a heavy television schedule this winter broadcasting college basketball for the Atlantic Ten Network, CN8, and ESPN, said he would be looking forward to the season regardless of his duties.
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December 5, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Harry Kalas is back. The Phillies announced yesterday that Kalas has signed a three-year contract to remain in their broadcast booth. Larry Andersen, Chris Wheeler and Scott Franzke also are back. Scott Graham's contract wasn't renewed, and the Phillies have hired former Phillies outfielder Gary Matthews to take his place. The Phillies also are looking to hire a pregame and postgame host, which is the job Franzke held last season. Kalas, 70, has been in the Phillies' broadcast booth since 1971.
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December 7, 2006 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
In a business known for lack of security, Scott Graham had never been fired. Until now. After nine seasons with the Phillies, including seven primarily doing radio play-by-play, Graham's contract was not renewed. During the winter, Graham, 41, will continue calling college basketball for CN8 and ESPN. He also does voice-overs for NFL Films. After that? "We're looking at the landscape to see what's best," Graham said yesterday from his South Jersey home. "That process is going to take a while.
SPORTS
August 27, 2010
Why Phillies fans should worry: As if it wasn't bad enough that the offense has gone stagnant again, the next three games are in San Diego against the best pitching staff in the majors in spacious Petco Park. Then they go to Dodger Stadium, where they're 3-8 during the regular season over the last 3 years. Then they have to parachute into Denver for a make-up game against the Rockies. Then they come home and, after playing 17 straight games without a day off, play seven games in 6 days.
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October 26, 2008 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Phillies won it all and wanted to sell a recording of how it happened in 1980, Harry Kalas called the last out. It just wasn't the real thing. Kalas re-created the greatest moment in Phillies history since the Phils' broadcast team wasn't on the air to announce it in real time. In those years, Major League Baseball had only a national radio broadcast for the World Series. "I was familiar with re-creation," Kalas said before Game 2 of the World Series in St. Petersburg.
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January 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies broadcasters share a small office nestled behind the booths on the press level at Citizens Bank Park, and the loudest laughter before a game is found there. The seven men trade stories and jokes. The longest-tenured among them, Chris Wheeler, was the only one raised as a Phillies fan. "He has lived and died with this team for his entire life," Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy said. "Being able to do these games was a special treat for him. " Wheeler, after 37 years, was removed from the Phillies broadcast booth Wednesday by Comcast SportsNet.
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November 28, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Harry Kalas has no plans to leave the broadcast booth anytime soon, and that seems to be fine with the Phillies. "They've indicated I can be there as long as I want and as long as I'm still enjoying it," Kalas said yesterday. "I'm taking it year by year. We'll see how I feel. I have no timetable, really. " Still, it appears the Phillies are grooming his successor. They announced yesterday that Tom McCarthy, who spent the last two seasons as the play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets on WFAN-AM (660)
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April 18, 2011 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Since the Phillies completed their second consecutive 89-loss season in September, the whispers of clubhouse discontent grew louder with each passing month. Manager Ryne Sandberg acknowledged last month there were issues, and veteran outfielder Domonic Brown brought it up on Monday. Yesterday, the first day of full-squad workouts in Clearwater, the second-year manager did what all major league managers do before the official start of a season. He gathered the team in the clubhouse for a meeting at 9:45 a.m. and delivered a speech about what he expects this spring and summer.
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January 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SCOTT FRANZKE juggled one newborn as he handled a midafternoon phone call yesterday afternoon, while his wife, Lori, was nearby with the other. The Franzkes, who also have a 3-year-old son, welcomed twin girls to their household last month. The Phillies radio play-by-play man welcomes the challenges of caring for two babies and a toddler like any proud father. Professionally, Franzke has had hurdles to overcome, too, perhaps none greater than arriving in the rabid sports city of Philadelphia in 2006.
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January 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies broadcasters share a small office nestled behind the booths on the press level at Citizens Bank Park, and the loudest laughter before a game is found there. The seven men trade stories and jokes. The longest-tenured among them, Chris Wheeler, was the only one raised as a Phillies fan. "He has lived and died with this team for his entire life," Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy said. "Being able to do these games was a special treat for him. " Wheeler, after 37 years, was removed from the Phillies broadcast booth Wednesday by Comcast SportsNet.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
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)
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
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October 7, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 3, 2011 | BY DANIEL F. McELHATTON
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.
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April 18, 2011 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
April 1, 2011 | By Jeff Janiczek
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.
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