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

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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 »

Everyone Freak Out: Bruce Springsteen to Play Citizens Bank Park

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If you missed the Boss on The River Tour when it came to the Wells Fargo Center back in February, you have a second shot at scoring tickets.

This morning, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced a September 7th show at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, one of eight new stops. The tour, which started in January, celebrates the 35th anniversary of the 1980 album The River (think “The Ties That Bind” and “Hungry Heart”). At the Philadelphia show, the band will play a selection of River songs sprinkled with a few Springsteen classics.

So far, the tour’s shows have been running over three hours. Clips have been magical; the Boss has as much energy as ever.  Read more »

Paul McCartney to Play Citizens Bank Park This Summer

Last night at the Phillies game, the team kept playing Paul McCartney songs. “Back in the USSR,” “Band on the Run”, “Day Tripper”, “Drive My Car.” And that was just in the first two innings. We had to search Twitter to make sure Paul McCartney hadn’t died and this was a tribute.

Fortunately, Sir Paul McCartney is still alive. But the playlist at the game last night was intentional: Today, the Phillies and McCartney announced he will play Citizens Bank Park on July 12th. Read more »

You Can Go to Almost Every Phillies Home Game in April for $50 Total

Citizens Bank Park, July 2015

Photo | Dan McQuade

The Phillies are coming off a 99-loss season. They probably won’t be good this year — again. But a night at the ballpark is still a fun time, even if the Phillies are losing. And, this year, the Phillies are offering a heck of a deal for the first month of the season: Every game in April, besides Opening Day, for fifty bucks.

The Phillies’ “Spring Pass” will get you into 12 April Games — every game except Opening Day. Your seats will change from game to game, but they will be in the Terrace, Terrace Deck, Pavilion, Pavilion Deck, or Outfield sections. Read more »

Pretty Much No One Attended Today’s Phillies Game

Phillies right fielder Jeff Francoeur hits a double during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on October 1, 2015.

Phillies right fielder Jeff Francoeur hits a double during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on October 1, 2015.

In advance of heavy rain predicted ahead of Hurricane Joaquin, the Phillies game was moved to noon today. Since the Phillies have 97 losses and the game was moved just last night, attendance today was small. Very small. It was the smallest attendance in the history of Citizens Bank Park: 13,238.

Of course, that number is not real. Your own eyes can look at photographs and see that literally no one was at this game. Read more »

Phillies on Pace to Draw Fewest Fans Since They Played at The Vet

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SO LONELY: Empty upper-deck seats at the start of Tuesday night’s Phillies game against the Marlins. (Photo | Dan McQuade)

It was the top of the first inning. The Marlins had a man on with two outs. Mike Morse fouled off a pitch; there were now two strikes. The big screen at the Phillies game exhorted the fans: “Get loud!” There was scattered applause.

We are just seven home games into the 2015 season. Citizens Bank Park feels different. The opening day crowd of 45,549 seems so long ago already. Last night was Dollar Dog Night, yet there were few long lines for discounted dogs. (Tony Luke’s and Campo’s were still packed, however; I am convinced CBP’s cheesesteak outposts have long lines even when the stadium is closed.)

Despite the gorgeous weather last night, the attendance for the Phillies’ 7-3 win over the Marlins — for Dollar Dog Night and Jackie Robinson Day (observed) — was just 21,993. Read more »

Citizens Bank Park Is MLB’s Best Stadium for Getting a Home Run Ball

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Photo | Jeff Fusco

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 2014

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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!

Photos and video of the Best of Philly 2014 Party after the jump »

How Citizens Bank Park Rates in Craft Beer

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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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