Busy media day at Citizens Bank Park. Ruben faced the media for 30 minutes starting at 11 this morning; clubhouse was open to media for the next 30 minutes; Doc (12:30) and Jayson (1) were in the Media Room in the afternoon.
Todd Zolecki will cover all of this on this site.
About one-third of the players came in Sunday and cleaned out their lockers. The clubhouse has a normal look when a season ends: filled boxes, empty boxes, packed bat bags, personal suite cases, a box where players toss their used equipment they won’t be needing.
The ground crew is working on the field, de-thatching, aerating, seeding, etc. Mother nature will wash away the logos painted on the field for the postseason. Red, white and blue bunting still hands from the Suite Level but it will be coming down.
A Fan’s View
Todd Stephenson sent a couple of e-mails to local sports columnists and copied the Phillies. Thought it was worth sharing:
“I can understand the players being upset. As a fan since the late 1970s, I’m disappointed, too but sometimes class and talent don’t prevail in a 7-game series. I hope you and your colleagues will concentrate on what the Phils accomplished from 2007-2010 (with a chance for more in 2011):
**1 WS Championship
**2 NL pennants
**4 first-place finishes
**A 6-3 record in postseason series
**In 2010, among other things, overcame a ton of injuries to win a tough division, had a perfect game, a postseason no-hitter, played hurt and packed the house.
**Came closer to defending their WS championship than any team since the 2001 Yankees who fell one game short of repeating.
Packing The House
All kinds of attendance records were set in 2010 at Citizens Bank Park.
Dan Goroff, the veteran Director of the Ticket Department, pointed out that if you add the on-deck series, the three Toronto games in June that were shifted to Citizens Bank Park, the regular season and the postseason, the total comes to 4,093,327.
Again, thanks to all you out there for your Phillies passion.
* 1 WS championship
* 2 NL pennants
* 4 first place finishes
* A 6-3 record in postseason series
* In 2010, among other things, overcame a ton of injuries to win a tough division, had a perfect game, a postseason no-hitter, played hurt, and packed the house; and
* Came closer to defending their WS championship than any team since the 2001 Yankees who fell one game short of repeating.