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Philadelphia Phillies Tickets
Philadelphia Phillies Tickets
The Philadelphia Phillies is the oldest professional sports team that has had the same name in the same city. The Phillies, who call Citizens Bank Park on the south side of town home, have been victorious in only two World Series, 1980 and 2008. The team won its first of seven National League pennants in 1915. And though the Phillies have had some bleak periods, Philadelphia fans remain loyal to their home team. Among the Phillies all-time popular players are Jim Bunning, Robin Roberts, Napolean Lajoie, Johnny Callison, Steve Carlton, and Mike Schmidt.
Citizens Bank Park, Home to the Philadelphia Phillies
Citizens Bank Park officially opened on April 3, 2004, and the Phillies played their first regular season game there on April 12th. The Cincinnati Reds ruined the coming out party by a score of 4 to 1. Citizens Bank Park (CBP) replaced legendary Veterans Stadium, which was demolished. It has a dirt and grass playing surface and numerous concession stands with Philadelphia-style cheesesteaks, hoagies, and other delights of the region. 2010 saw the Phillies break attendance records with an average attendance of 45,028, including 81 sellouts. A total of 3,647,249 fans visited CBP that year.
Philadelphia Phillies and the National League East
The Philadelphia Phillies are one of five teams that make up the NL East. The other teams include the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, and Washington Nationals. The Phillies have won the division title eleven times, including a string of victories from 2007 through 2011. They have also won seven National League pennants and two World Series championships. The Phillies have had an intense rivalry with the NL Central division Pittsburgh Pirates since the late 1800s. The Phillies are noted for their vocal fans who enjoy showing opposing teams their contempt. When these teams play, its usually a good ol fashion grudge match.
Philadelphia Phillies 2012 Team Outlook
The Philadelphia Phillies, led by one of the best starting rotations in recent memory, finished the regular season with the best record in baseball; however, they were unceremoniously dispatched by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League divisional series. Regardless, the core of this team, with the notable exception of Roy Oswalt, should return this year, which will make the Phillies a formidable competitor once again. As such, the Phillies have made only one significant offseason move: signing closer Jonathan Papelbon to a $50 million contract. The rest of their acquisitions have been low-cost veterans who will be used to fill out the rest of the roster. Although the Ryan Howard injury could really hurt the Phillies early in the season, they should still have enough firepower to reach the playoffs in 2012.