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CBP’s Pistachio Girl Needs Your Votes for Best Ballpark Vendor


Over at MLB.com’s Cut4, they’re holding a fan vote to see who is the top food/drink vendor in all of Major League Baseball. Fans will vote for the best candidate today and tomorrow, and each day’s winner will face off on Friday for the crown. In today’s vote, two Citizens Bank Park vendors are in the running: Beer Pirate and Pistachio Girl. We’re sorry to throw our support behind just one of them, but Beer Pirate is already out of it.

Pistachio Girl, if you don’t know, is suffering from a bit of an injustice:

Fans at Citizens Bank Park know Emily Youcis as “Pistachio Girl” or — informally — as “PISTAAAAAAAAACHIOOOOOOS!” The legend of “Pistachio Girl” has spawned a Facebook fan page and a bevy of YouTube highlight clips.

The irony of Youcis’ nickname is that Citizens Bank Park no longer sells pistachios, so Pistachio Girl has spent the 2015 season selling Cracker Jacks and lemon water ice [wood-er ahys]. But the people have spoken … and started a Change.org petition to bring pistachios back to the ballpark and restore Youcis’ claim to fame.

Pistachio Girl can’t even sell pistachios anymore, so we gotta make sure she trumps this lemonade nobody from Arizona. You can vote over here. Continue reading


The Phillies are on Pace for Their Lowest Season-Long Attendance Since 2002

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies, a team that just a few years ago was the pride of the city, are a total afterthought. They are currently on pace to win 60 games, but if you calculate their pythagorean win percentage (the team’s winning percentage given their runs scored and runs allowed), they are set to finish around 48-114. Understandably, that’s keeping fans away.

Through 12 home games this year, the Phils have drawn 305,434 fans. That’s an average of 25,453 per game (down 4,152 from last year and 19,988 from the CBP high in 2011). And if you remove the home opener from the equation — and the 45,549 fans who showed up — this season’s average drops to 23,626. That trend would bring the Phillies to their lowest attendance total since 2002’s 1,618,467 fans at an average of 20,231 per game average.

The Phillies are still far from the league’s bottom. The Cleveland Indians draw 15,821 per game, only filling 36.4% of their park, while the Phils at least fill 58% of CBP (54% if you remove the opener). That’s still better than nine teams. But if the year’s attendance keeps up with the current trend and drops more and more, it could fail to top 2,000,000 for the season. While it may seem likely that the Phils will have more sparsely attended games than near-sellouts with this team, attendance will pick up when it gets warmer and fans look past the team on the field and just look forward to a nice day at the ballpark. Still, even if attendance drops dramatically, it won’t be as bad as the team’s record, which could be their worst since 1981 1972 (cutting out strike shortened years).

For now, the days of a consistently-filled ballpark are long gone. Now is the era of more leg room, quicker trips to the bathroom, more audible heckles, and (slightly) shorter lines for crab fries. Two positives, however: You’ll start to see better and better deals on tickets, and you’ll be more visible in your new shirt.


Draft Beers Are Actually Very Affordable at Citizens Bank Park, Relatively Speaking

beer per ounce

At Citizens Bank Park, a non-premium domestic draft beer will run you $7.75. That’s tied for the most expensive in baseball, but it’s actually one of the most affordable. That’s because, according to Business Insider, those CBP drafts are 21 ounces, which put their price per ounce at $0.37, 9th best in the league. The Phillies also join the Dodgers and Twins in being the only teams that sell their standard draft beers larger than 16 ounces. Though it’s worth pointing out that this data is based on numbers reported by the teams, so the Phils may have fudged that 21 ounce number a bit. Either way, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anything as offensive as the Red Sox charging $7.75 for a 12-ounce beer.

Kyle: I’d pay $7.75 for a 12-ounce beer to be a fan of a team that wasn’t an embarrassment to organized competition.


The Hot Dog Council Had a Bracket of Ballpark Dogs and the Phillies Lost in the First round


The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, a real thing, put together a bracket to find the best classic and unique hot dogs in the major leagues. The matchups were all done in Facebook polls, which are a mess, but the Phillies’ Cheesesteak Dog lost out in the first round to a goddamn corn dog from Arizona. What the hell. This season already sucks.

But at least the Council was nice enough to use CBP in their hot dog statistics for the year:

“The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) estimates that baseball fans will consume more than 18.5 million hot dogs and nearly 4.2 million sausages during the 2015 Major League season. The combined hot dog and sausage total could stretch from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to Chase Field in Phoenix. The hot dog total alone would reach as high as 7,827 Empire State Buildings.”

Phoenix? Just gotta rub that first round loss in, don’t you, Hot Dog and Sausage Council?



And Now, Lee Porter’s 2015 Comprehensive Citizens Bank Park Beer List


Just like last season (and the one before that) web series producer and food blogger Lee Porter has completed the noble deed of charting every beer at Citizens Bank Park and where they can be found. What’s different this year? The reign of the big can continues, and some crafts have vanished:

As last year/season proved, whether it’s craft beer or domestic, it seems like can beer is all the rage. Similar to last season, you’re going to see mega cans everywhere and anywhere in 2015, and not just the standard domestic stuff either. Anheuser-Busch’s premium brands (especially Goose Island) once again dominate this year in can form. New additions to the large can family at CBP: Dos Equis, Goose Island IPA, Sam Adams Summer Ale and Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, the refreshing, Hefeweizen-meets-grapefruit-juice brew.

There are some head-scratching omissions from the craft beer offerings, including Allagash, Brooklyn, Lagunitas and 21st Amendment. All appear to be gone, and beer vendors confirmed so much. If these return later, we’ll be sure to let you know, as we update our Locator throughout the season. Changes to CBP’s beer lineup throughout the season are quite common, although it is unusual to see so many omissions this early on.

What does this all mean for you, the loyal Phillies/beer fan? Well, at first glance, due to the addition of even more mega cans, there appears to be even less 12 ounce bottles and thus fewer local beers at Brewerytown locations. Secondly, rest assured, most ALL of the mainstay local breweries are still represented in draft form throughout the ballpark, including some new additions.

The brew locator once again comes with a smart search, allowing you to quickly figure out where your favorite beer is. For example, if you’re weird and your favorite beer is Rolling Rock, the only place you can find it is the CF Hatfield & Alley Store “Grab Some Buds” kiosk. Bookmark it. Screenshot it. Do your research before every game. Because while we joke about how bad the Phillies are going to be this year — so, so bad — you still don’t want to lap the ballpark every time you want that beer you like.


CBP Now Has Metal Detectors at Every Gate

After launching the metal detector program at the Right Field Gate last season, Citizens Bank Park will feature walk-through metal detectors at every gate this season. It’s all part of the league-wide program that will put them in every park this year.

The Phillies now recommend that you “allow for extra time when entering Citizens Bank Park,” as the detectors will increase the line and entry time from last year’s average of, like, 15 seconds or something. But you get to keep your belt on:

Unlike the standard procedures of the Transportation Security Administration, fans will not be required to remove shoes or belts. Those who cannot pass through a metal detector will be checked with a hand-held device.

All cell phones, cameras, keys and other large metal items will need to be removed prior to passing through the metal detectors. Guests will place these items in a screening bowl alongside each individual machine in close proximity and in clear sight. Once through the metal detector, fans can easily and quickly gather their items and proceed inside the ballpark.

It’s gonna slow you down, but at least Jonathan Papelbon will feel safe.

Kyle: I’d assume that the net time to enter, based on attendance and security, will still decrease. Seriously. But when the Phillies are good again in 10 years, this is going to be a real problem.


Please Add Nats Beat Writer Mark Zuckerman to Your Shit Lists

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

We’re lucky here in Philadelphia. Our baseball team may be disappointing, depressing, and rage-inducing, but the game is still nice to look at due to — in my biased opinion — one of the best ballparks in the league. That is not the case, however, according to Nationals beat writer Mark Zuckerman, who placed CBP at #15 on his list of the best ballparks in the majors:

15. CITIZENS BANK PARK, Philadelphia
Opened: 2004
Capacity: 43,651
Comment: We’re now entering the indistinguishable middle of the pack. All of these ballparks have some similarities, none of them especially exciting. Call them the modern-day cookie cutters. Philadelphia has probably the best of this group, notable for the dark red brick and two-tiered bullpen behind the center-field fence. But there’s not a whole lot else that defines Citizens Bank Park. Aside from the Phanatic (who is great) and the local fan base (which is not).

Oh, yeah, Phils fans have nothing on those legendary, loyal Nationals fans. Zuckerman’s top 10 was pretty standard, with the top three spots going to the universally loved PNC Park, AT&T Park, and Camden Yards. The top ten are rounded out by the home fields of the Cubs, Padres, Mariners, Twins, Dodgers, Royals, and Red Sox.

Zuckerman doesn’t exactly love where his home team pays either, putting Nationals Park one spot behind CBP. Here’s what he says:

16. NATIONALS PARK, Washington
Opened: 2008
Capacity: 41,418
Comment: Look, you may not like or agree with this. Nationals Park, to its credit, is a very fan-friendly ballpark, with wide concourses and good field views from just about any seat. But it simply has no defining characteristic, no distinct charm. Think about it this way: What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Nationals Park? It’s tough to come up with something. The big video board? The Red Porch area? The cherry blossoms that bloom for only a week or so in early-April? The distant view of the Capitol dome from a handful of sections in the upper deck? I just wish there was something that stood about this place. A quirk in the outfield fence. A view of the Anacostia River. A view of more of the city. A unique bullpen. Something. Anything. Instead, we’re left with a very nice — but wholly indistinguishable — ballpark in the nation’s capital.

You can check out the rest of his list here, but it’s nice to know even a rival can admit CBP is at least the best park in the NL East. Additionally, only the O.co Coliseum (truly one of the worst buildings of any kind in all of America) ranks worst than that hellhole down in Tampa. And I don’t even know if I’d go that far.


Phillies Retro Weekend Brings Throwback Vendors, Jim Bunning Tribute, and… uh… Scott Eyre

(L to R: A babe, Luke Wilson, the Cigarette Smoking Man, a High School history teacher) image via Imgur

(L to R: A babe, Luke Wilson, the Cigarette Smoking Man, a High School history teacher)

This coming weekend is the Phillies’ now-yearly Retro Weekend, this time taking everything back to 1964. The Phils and Cubs will wear 1964 throwbacks, and both vendors and grounds crew members will be dressed in some sort of retro attire. It won’t look exactly like above, since that’s not from ’64, but we’d dig it if everyone rocked that far-right jumpsuit. There will also be celebrity look-a-likes, a Beatles tribute act, and plenty of other nonsense to distract you from the product on the field.

Saturday, as part of the impossibly clever “Citizens Bank Park Saturdays,” Scott Eyre will throw out the first pitch. Scott Eyre, a pitcher whose 44.1 innings pitched in a Phillies uniform (while he was 36 and 37 years old) equals about seven percent of his career total. Actually, you know what, honoring a mediocre (yet important!) middle reliever befits this season.

And on Sunday, the Father’s Appreciation Day and Jim Bunning Tribute game actually sounds like a pretty great day at the ballpark. You’ve got a dad-fedora giveaway, Bunning throwing out the first pitch to honor his Father’s Day perfect game 50 years ago, there will be appearances from Dick Allen, Cookie Rojas and John Herrnstein, and the national anthem will be sung by Art Garfunkel. It’s not Paul Simon, but at least you’ll be able to see Garfunkel from the terrace deck.

[Editor’s note: Tickets available at Crossing Broad Tickets. Jim’s still learning how to shill.]

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