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Watch: Umpire Bob Davidson Ejects Fan During Phillies Game

Home plate umpire Bob Davidson points into the crowd at a unruly fan during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Home plate umpire Bob Davidson points into the crowd at a unruly fan during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Tuesday was an unusual night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. No, not because the Phillies managed to score 13 runs, although that happened, too. What was unusual about the game was the moment when umpire Bob Davidson ejected an unruly Phillies fan from the stadium. Read more »

I Went to Every Phillies Game in April and It Was Great

Citizens Bank Park - April 2016

Photo by Dan McQuade

When the Phillies return home tonight after a 10-game road trip, they’ll be playing their first home games since they swept Cleveland in a series that stretched from April into May. They’ll have rookie Tommy Joseph, who was promoted today, in the lineup for the first time. And it will be the first time this season I won’t be there.

This April, the Phillies were one of a few teams to offer a new gimmick: The Spring Pass. For just $50, you could get tickets to every April game besides Opening Day. I scored an Opening Day ticket on StubHub for $33, so that meant I paid about $6.38 a game to attend every Phillies game in April in the stands.

Here’s how the Spring Pass worked: For every game, you got a standing-room only ticket to gain access to the park. About an hour before the game, you click an option in the app to “claim” seats. Where these are depend on how crowded the game is. For some cold weeknight games in early April, I sat in the lower levels in the outfield. At the Sunday game that was the Phillie Phanatic’s birthday, I was banished to the 400 level. Mostly, I sat in the 300 level. Read more »

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