What A Crowd

May 16, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rowand, cf; Victorino, rf; Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Dobbs, 1b; Nunez, 3b; Ruiz, c; Hamels, p.

What a Game
There’s nothing more exciting that a walk-off home run, unless it is the opposing team that does it. Then it hits you in the middle of the stomach.  And, there’s nothing more exciting than Harry Kalas calling a walk-off home run.  In case you missed it, you can see and hear it on phillies.com.  Check the home page under “Sights and Sounds.”

Carlos Ruiz came into the season as an unheralded 28-year-old rookie, a product of the Phillies’ Latin American scouting program.  He hit .300 or better in three minor league seasons.  He is taking steps to be the Phillies catcher of the future.

Quote of the Day
“He’s (Carlos) aggressive.  He’s a great game-caller.  He’s a battler.  He likes having fun in the game and that’s what I like about him,” Brett Myers was quoted in Todd Zolecki’s article in the Inquirer this morning.

What a Crowd
Phillies had the largest crowd in the majors (41,258) yesterday, thanks to the largest walk-up (11,300) for the Phillies since the season opener (over 11,800) on April 5, 2002 at Veterans Stadium.

The walk-up crunch started around 4 in the afternoon and continued into the sixth inning. There are 37 ticket windows at three Citizens Back Park locations, First Base Gate, West (Citizens Bank Way) and North (Phillies Drive).  After 6 o’clock, over 1,000 tickets were sold every 15 minutes. 

Because of the anticipated large walk-ups and advance sales in which fans need to pick up their tickets at the Park, the Phillies are installing a pair of ticket kiosks that will be located outside the First Base Gate ticket windows.  The kiosks are similar to those found at airports.  All fans need is the credit card they used in ordering their tickets and the tickets can be printed, thus cutting down the lines at the will call windows.

Part of last night’s attraction was Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Night, a very popular promotion crafted by the Phillies marketing and promotion staff. 

Great promotions, exciting games, players with fan appeal and a terrific ballpark adds up to Citizens Bank Park being the place to be. 

Oops, I forgot to include Phillie Phanatic as an attraction.  He’ll sulk big time now.  Nothing worse than a sulking mascot.

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