Historic Win

It was a long night at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday but the end result was another Phillies win of historic proportions.

It was the 90th win for the fourth straight season, a first in Phillies history.  The 90th win came in game #138, the earliest the Phillies have ever done that.

It also marks the 20th time the Phillies have been a position for a series sweep this season.  That’s unheard of.

Part of the long night was the 1-hour, 52-minute delay at the start of the game.  The last time a team is in a city, the decision to start the game rests with the umpires and not the home team. 

MLB strives to have every team complete a 162-game schedule.  That’s part of a championship season.  So every effort is made to play the games. 

Phillies Offer Tickets
Late in Tuesday night’s game, the Phillies issued the following press release:
“We sincerely appreciate our fans’ patience and understanding and we thank them for their incredible and continued support,” said Vice President of Sales and Ticket Operations, John Weber. “As a token of our appreciation, all fans holding tickets to tonight’s game may exchange their tickets for a complimentary 2012 ticket to one of six dates.” 
Tickets may be exchanged for the Pavilion, Pavilion Deck or Terrace Deck seating area to one of the following six games during the 2012 season:
* On Deck Series Games against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, April 2nd or Tuesday, April 3rd (both games are scheduled to begin at 7:05)
* Any of 4 Monday home games between April 30th and May 21st (opponents and times TBD)
Fans should maintain possession of tonight’s tickets (listed as September 6th & game 73) until mid-January 2012 when On Deck Series Games go on sale, or mid-February 2012 when individual tickets go on sale.
Exchanges can be done at the Citizens Bank Park Ticket Windows. All exchanges are subject to availability and will be done on a ticket-for-ticket basis.
Playoff Time
RHP David Bush will be on the mound tonight (7:05) when the IronPigs host Pawtucket in game 1 of the best-of-five first round playoffs.  The Red Sox took the season series, 10-6.

Reading opens its best-of-five first round Thursday night in Manchester, NH, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, managed by Phillies Alumnus Sal Fasano.  Mark Parent, another former Phillies catcher, is the Reading manager.

Alumni Views
What changes would you like to see in Major League Baseball? That question was posed to Phillies Alumni. 

Grant Jackson (LHP, 1965-70)
“As a former pitcher, eliminate the DH and let me face the pitcher in the box.  Wouldn’t want to see more replays or more wildcard teams.  Keep the first round at the best-of-five.”



1 Comment

Larry, any idea when the Commissioner’s Office will rule on the appeal from Sunday? Also, in your opinion, will the ruling be affected by the facts that (a) there are no days off to resume the game, and (b) it is unlikely to affect anything in the standings?

I’d just be satisfied if an unfair loss was wiped off the Phils’ record, even if it were only to be made up “if necessary”. Hopefully if Bud Selig thinks that the Phillies did get robbed, he will take that action rather than reject the appeal for the reasons I mentioned.

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