June 14, 2007
Oops, there is no game today!
Rich Hofmann’s column in today’s Daily News was centered around an interesting trio: Kyle Kendrick, Larry Andersen and Larry Christenson. What do they have in common? All three were in Citizens Bank Park yesterday, all three were high school quarterbacks and punters in the state of Washington and all three have pitched with the Phillies.
End of Interleague
Detroit and Cleveland are running nip and tuck for the AL Central lead. The Phillies end interleague play for 2007 with three games with the Tigers at Citizens Bank Park starting tomorrow night and then head for a three-game series in Cleveland that begins on Monday night.
Justin Velander, the 2006 AL Rookie of the Year, is scheduled to pitch Sunday afternoon game. He’s fresh from a no-hitter on Tuesday night. In the no-hitter, he reached 99 mph on the radar gun in the first eight innings and then hit 102 in the ninth, according to an Associated Press story. The story also said, “He mixed in a wildly breaking curve and an outstanding changeup.”
In the history of baseball, there’s been only one pitcher to toss back-to-back no-nos and his name begins with V…..Johnny Vander Meer.
Vander Meer, pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, had his no-hitters on June 11 (Boston Braves) and 15 (Brooklyn Dodgers) in 1938. Being the Senior Citizen of the Phillies, no I didn’t not see those games. I wasn’t even born but it was close.
There are about 6,000 tickets left for Friday night and less than 3,000 for Saturday night. Once those tickets are gone, the Phillies will sell Standing Room tickets.
Sunday’s Chevrolet’s Father’s Appreciation Day (straw hats for all men 15 and over) is sold out. A limited number of standing room tickets will go on sale at 9:00 that morning.
During the next homestand (June 26-July 1), the Phillies will reach an attendance milestone: the 10 millionth fan since Citizens Bank Park was opened in 2004. The Phillies will honor the symbolic 10,000,000th fan on the night the milestone is reached.
Since the Phillies were established in 1883, over 115 million fans have attended their games.