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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.

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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.]

image via Imgur

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A Comprehensive Citizens Bank Park Beer List

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RUMOR ALERT: Phillies Blue Jay Series May be Moved to Philadelphia June 25-27

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It looks like the Phillies could have 84 home games.

It looks like the Phillies inter-league series, scheduled for June 25th-27th in Toronto, may be moving to Philadelphia (giving the Phillies 3 extra home games, for now).  The G20 Summit of world leaders (yeah, like that's more important than a baseball game) will be held in Toronto on June 26th and 27th, and it appears as if Toronto (and likely secret service) would like the city cleared of all major crowd gathering events.

A fan received an email (we have the email) from a Phillies representative when inquiring about an event at CBP, saying:

apparently there is a potential issue with our away series in Toronto for the June 25th – 27th dates and there is a small chance that Major League Baseball may move the series to Philadelphia.

It sounds like there is an international summit planned with different world leaders and they are trying to clear out any events in the city like this that will draw a large crowd, like sporting events. 

The Phillies employee went on to say she was 99% sure the series would be moved.

I have been informed this morning that it looks 99% certain that the Toronto games will be moved to Philadelphia due to some issues in Toronto, on June 25th, 26th and 27th.

Stay tuned for more info!

We have the email, but this is all we can show for now.

Todd Zolecki at MLB.com has more info.  TheFightins.com initially reported the story, we obtained the email.

This would suck for Blue Jays fans who wanted to see Doc again.


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Phillies Fan Gets Tased! New Video

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(Source:  Steven Falk, Philadelphia Inquirer)

This is definitely the most important thing this cop has ever done.  Look at the rotation in that muffin top, the eyes, perfect taser form, "Stop or My Mom Will Shoot" scowl, and Rosie O'Donnell series blue cargo pants.  Oh yeah, he's got it all.  Paul Blart eat your heart out.

This was the first time Philadelphia Police have ever tasered a fan at game.  All we know is that his name is Steve, he is 17 years old and from Boyertown.

Check out Raul Ibanez in the second video, for those of you who think that he may have lost a step, watch how quickly he gets out of the way when he sees the officer raise his hand.  Priceless.    

And is it just me, or from far away does it not look like he is being shot?  Not sure what I would have thought had I seen this in person.


Chris Wheeler tells us why its not cool to run on the field.

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Review: New Food at Citizen’s Bank Park

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Citizen's Bank Park was already heralded for it's food selection.  With Bulls BBQ, Tony Luke's, The Schmitter, and the many other great choices, CBP (and it's vendor, Aramark) did not need to expand upon the selection.  They did however, and what we are blessed with is three additional, fantastic choices.

On Opening Day, I had a chance to sample all three:  (in related news, I might have a tapeworm)

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What’s New on the Menu at Citizen’s Bank Park?

6a00e0098ae0f3883301347fbdb0fe970cWelcome Mike Zoltek, new contributor to Crossing Broad!



With opening week waiting in the wings, I could sit here
and spit out facts, opinions, all that nonsense, but we know all the trivial
details… Chase Utley is hot (if you’re a female, or in the man crush club), Roy
Halladay rules, and Ryan Howard is the MVP. That’s why I’m here to talk about a
more important topic, a topic everyone should know before attending a game at CBP,
and that is what to eat, where to eat it, and what’s new in 2010.

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