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The Wall Street Journal did an analysis of 1,000 random home runs from the 2014 major league baseball season and crunched the numbers: How many were caught and dropped, how many were hit in areas where fans could catch them and how many fights broke out over home run balls (three).
The Journal also noted which parks had the highest number of home runs that were retrieved by fans: And Citizens Bank Park tied for first. Eighty-five percent of home runs at CBP were caught or picked up by fans, tying it with AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco for the highest-total in the majors. It’s no surprise, as these are the finest stadiums on each coast. In contrast, fans at O.co Coliseum in Oakland get just 33 percent of homers.
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Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly Bash was held last night at Citizens Bank Park. The torrential rains didn’t put a damper on the annual party which celebrates the best of the best of Philadelphia, as selected annually in the August issue of the magazine.
Each year Philly Mag chooses interesting locations for their party. This year they held it on the 200 level corridor of Citizens Bank Park, transforming the venue into a day at the beach, complete with a boardwalk and sand. Besides the delicious food and spirits served, there were fun activities, including cornhole, Jenga, checkers, a baseball throw and dancing to the tunes of Speaker City. There were also tours of the stadium, including the trophy room, where the 2008 Phillies Championship trophy is kept.
To top off an already great night, there were fireworks!
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The Washington Post has compiled a piece on craft beer and Major League ballparks. It’s an interesting look at how many ballparks have embraced craft beer (Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark offers 130 different beers) and that the increase in craft beer sales haven’t really come at the expense of the big macro brewers.
As for the Phillies, they’re faring better in beer than on the field, though Citizens Bank Park is seeing strong competition across the land.
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By now you’ve probably taken a look at our annual Best of Philly issue—a rundown of our favorite spots to do everything from eat and drink to workout and museum hop. Now it’s time to celebrate the winners.
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On August 23rd, the 7th Annual BBQ at the Ballpark happens at the Jetro lot next to Citizens Bank Park. From 2 to 7 p.m., there will be barbecue, beer, and games. Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse will be serving the food while Conshohocken Brewing, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Philadelphia Brewing, Sly Fox Brewing, and Weyerbacher Brewing will be pouring the beer. Plus for the kid inside all of us, or the actual kid you bring, J-Dogs Amusements will be bringing the games.
This year, all proceeds will go to the Marianne E. Mebert Memorial Fund. The charity is close to the hearts of Rolling Barrel, as one of the co-founders recently lost their mother, Marianne Mebert, to Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Tickets will be $48.50 per person, $28.50 for designated drives, or $22.50 for kids under 12. To purchase tickets, click here.
BBQ at the Ballpark [Official]
Photo courtesy of the Phillies.
Monday night, the Phillies will honor Jimmy Rollins for setting the team record for hits. They’ll also be introducing a new feature to Citizens Bank Park: A phone charging station. No longer will you have to turn off your phone or put it in airplane mode in order to save your battery while at the ballpark. The Phillies will also be providing cords.
The charging station sits on the rooftop outside the TV booth in center field. (If you’re facing the skyline while on the rooftop, it will be on the left side.) What’s nice about the Phillies’ charging station is you’ll still be able to watch the game while your phone charges. And the rooftop is the perfect place for people-watching at CBP as well (if you’re into checking out thousands of people in t-shirts).
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The New York Mets didn’t just thrash the Phillies during their recent series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The team also set a record for most cheesesteaks eaten by a visiting team in a single day. That record is a whopping 103.
Dan McQuade has more over in News + Opinion.
Mets Eat Ridiculous Amount of Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia [Philadelphia Magazine]
Tonight, when the Phillies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park, there will be a new beer available at the ballpark. Sly Fox 360 is the beer and it will be available in 16-ounce wide-open lid cans. The can itself will be a matte gray with muted graphics for a stark and unusual look. but this isn’t some all-about-the-design of the can beer. Sly Fox 360 has been in the works for more than a year, making its debut at last year’s Craft Brewer’s Conference in Washington D.C. The 6.2% ABV beer is described as “a combination of Bravo, Cascade, Centennial and an experimental hop variety.”
Look for the beer at Citizen Bank Park’s craft beer stands this weekend, including Ashburn Alley’s Alley Brewing Co. The beer also won’t be exclusive to the ballpark, look for it showing up at area retailers in the coming weeks.
Sly Fox Beer [Official]
You couldn’t do this pose at the Phillies’ exhibition game late last month.
Did you enjoy an Anchor Steam at the ballpark last year? Or how about a nice 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon? Well, you might be out of luck this season: According to the first draft of Lee Porter’s 2014 Citizens Bank Park Brew Locator, they weren’t available at the ballpark during the exhibition game played last month.
In their place: More beers owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest brewer in the world. I hope you like Goose Island’s beers, because they’re literally all over the freaking ballpark now.
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Out at home? CBP attendance dropped last season. Photograph: Aero-Imaging, Inc./Newscom
The first 10 years of Citizens Bank Park, I think we can all agree, have been pretty great. Five division titles. Eight winning seasons. One magical night in October 2008. Many fans will claim 11th and Pattison as hallowed ground long after global warming turns it into a beach.
But do you remember when the decision to build in South Philly seemed like not just a defeat — but a complete failure of civic imagination? In the early days of the debate on replacing Veterans Stadium, folks were hot for a Camden Yards-style retro park smack-dab in the middle of downtown. Fans whimsically debated putting a new park at the old Schmidt’s brewery, near 30th Street Station, even on the waterfront. Politicians talked more realistically about two locations: North Broad at Spring Garden, and in Chinatown at 12th and Vine.
But each proposed site was eventually sunk by some combination of community or political NIMBYism and logistical or infrastructural clusterfuckery. So the new stadium arose in the shadow of the old one, in the expanse of parking lots and nothingness we call, as if it were an affliction, the “sports complex.”
When the Phils were the best team in town, it didn’t much matter where their stadium was. But last year, attendance dropped by half a million fans. And we may face another dismal August in South Philly. It’s worth asking: Did we blow it?
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