Getting Ready for the NLDS
With three games left in the regular season, the wheels are in motion for the National League Division Series. The Phillies are in but still await the enemy. A bundle of employees behind the scene are hopeful that will be determined soon.
Games 1, 2 and 3, if necessary, could be played at Citizens Bank Park next week. Schedule calls for games on Wednesday and Thursday, and October 13. Other two games are somewhere October 10 and 11. Game times? To Be Determined.
Frank Coppenbarger handles all the team travel. He’s got charter flights, hotels and busses lined up for three NL cities, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Denver. He’s also set up for other postseason series.
Chris Long schedules the pre-game field festivities: anthem singers, musical groups, ceremonial first balls, seventh-inning stretch singers, etc. Her biggest dilemma? When, where and what time are the games.
Once the season is over, head groundskeeper Mike Boekholder, will need to paint NLDS logos on the field before the first game. When, where and what time are joined by weather concerns. Tough to paint in the rain.
Tina Urban oversaw the design and manufacture of 42 colorful postseason banners that have been mounted on light poles surrounding Citizens Bank Park. Christine Negley oversees the Phillies Division Series Magazine that will be available for home games.
Media accommodations come under the supervision of Bonnie Clark, head of the communications department. NLDS media numbers are larger than opening day. Those numbers grow significantly with each successive postseason series.
TBS, who will handle the national telecast of the NLDS, is standing by, waiting to move their trucks to some ballpark.
Merchandise is busy unpacking boxes of “NL East Champions” paraphernalia for the Majestic Clubhouse Store and the Mitchell & Ness Alley Store. The Majestic Store has added tents to help accommodate Phillies fans hungry for postseason merchandise.
The events team is planning a rally that will take place prior to the first game on Citizens Bank Way. Once again, when, where, what time.
Scott Brandreth, in addition to overseeing the merchandise empire, has ordered 140,000 rally towels. The advertising department has lined up sponsors for the first two games, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Liscio’s Bakery & Holy Family University.
Then, there’s a little matter that needs attention: What 25 Phillies are on the NLDS roster? Deadline is 10 a.m. of the first game day. Don’t tell anyone but Jimmy Rollins will make it.
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