Inside Citizens Bank Park
What’s going on at Citizens Bank Park?
Pretty quiet. All the work and plans for the postseason have been bagged. The 102-win season is still special. Expectations weren’t met as far as October baseball but it sure beats the 97-loss season in 2000. Talk about a quiet offseason 11 years ago.
Clubhouse is a mess with boxes everywhere. Most player lockers have been completely cleaned out. Personal belongings of the players have been boxed for shipment to their homes. Bats are being boxed. Jerseys are going to Community Outreach. Pants are being boxed. All the player nameplates are still in place.
Normal winter maintenance of the playing field is taking a back seat with the NHL Winter Classic hockey game on January 2. At some point, a hockey rink and ice will be installed. A new playing surface will follow the hockey game. Guess what, the Majestic Clubhouse Store has sold one hockey puck so far.
NLDS logos on the field are still there but fading, thanks to Mother Nature. The 2011 Postseason Party structure at the foot of Citizens Bank Way was dismantled Tuesday.
Carpenters, plumbers, cleaners will be cleaning and winterizing the ballpark.
Video Dan Stephenson is working overtime in his studio next to the Media Room putting together the video yearbook. Cliff Lee will be the narrator. Title? “Still working on that,” said Video.
Special Events department is now booking events for the ballpark during the offseason in the Diamond Club, Hall of Fame Club, Executive Dining Room, Media Room, etc. Bookings were on hold for this month. Call 215 218-5100.
Public and private tours of Citizens Bank Park will resume October 21. For information, call 215 463-1000.
Charlie met with the media in the Media Room at 12 noon Tuesday and answered questions for 27 minutes. Seven TV cameras and three-dozen media members were there.
**Reading manager Mark Parent is leaving to accept a coaching job in the major leagues with the White Sox.
**C Tuffy Gosewisch is playing for Team USA in the Baseball World Cup. Roly deArmas is one of the coaches.
**For the first time, the Phillies led all MLB teams in cable TV ratings during the season.
**Warm thought: spring training tickets will go on sale January 12.
Alumni Postseason Memories
What is your favorite memory of postseason baseball as a child? . . . What is the biggest change from the regular season? . . . What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
Richie Hebner (1B, 1977-78)
“I remember rushing home from school to watch the World Series on TV. They were day games back then. Now, you’re lucky to watch five innings before 11 p.m.
“To me the playoffs are more important than the World Series. I remember Sparky Anderson once said, ‘If you lose the World Series, people will remember you. If you don’t get there, they won’t.’ When you get to the World Series, you kind of take a deep breath and say, OK, let’s play.
“I hit two home runs in the playoffs in 1971 to help the Pirates get to the World Series. I hit a home run off Jim Palmer of the Orioles in the World Series. I really wanted the ball but it went into the stands and never got it.”