Play Ball!

Hoopla, headlines, talk, counter-talk……all is about to take a back seat as the word game shifts to the game on the field of Yankee Stadium.

When Citizens Bank Park opened, it got a quick label as being a band box.  Well, the new Yankee Stadium topped everything in its debut this year.

Consider 2009:
Yankee Stadium: 237 homers, 136 by home team, 101 by the enemy.
Citizens Bank Park: 207 total, 108 by Phillies, 99 by those other guys.

ESPN.com has a ballpark factor section.  Among the home run factors, Yankee Stadium is #1, 1.261.  Citizens Bank Park, #16, 1,005.

Phillies and Yankees met in May in the new place with the Phils winning two of three.  The three games produced 12 homers (6 by each), 9 doubles, 1 triple and 11 stolen bases (6-5 Phils edge).

Both parks may produce a lot of home runs. Both teams are packed with power hitters.  Yet, pitching wins games.  Time to Play Ball!

Postseason Memories
Darren Daulton
was a 25th round selection by the Phillies in 1980 who became a three-time All-Star catcher.  He played with the Phillies from 1983; 1985-97 when he was traded to the Florida Marlins.  His postseason career included 1993 with the Phillies and 1997 with the Marlins.  The 47-year-old resides in Clearwater, FL.

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“Watching the Yankees and Royals. Being a Kansas native, I was a big Royals fan.  George Brett, Amos Otis, Hal McRae, big John Mayberry stick out in my mind.  Obviously, Reggie Jackson was Mr. October.”

As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“The regular season was more of a long grind.  There is a different atmosphere in postseason….more emphasis on every pitch therefore magnifying every aspect of the game.  Everything connected to postseason is electrified.”

What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Obviously winning the World Championship with the Marlins in 1997 so I could retire.  With the Phillies, I was exhausted when we clinched the division in 1993 but really proud when we won the pennant. It was sort of a relief knowing we were going to the World Series against Toronto.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“In Florida right in the middle of a bunch of Rays fans.  It was really funny because they were all walking up to me and congratulating me!!  Almost felt like I was still in a Phillies uniform.”

Media Tour
Robin Roberts, a member of the 1950 Whiz Kids, was on the Today Show this morning, continuing a media tour for the Hall of Fame right-hander.

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