Monday, July 02, 2007

No sweep, that's good up Houston

We were at the game yesterday at Citizen's Bank Park and all I could think about was the Phils possibly being swept at home. The Mets fans were thick around the park, many making the trip to see their own favorite team play on this beautiful afternoon. It was great to see how many fans the Mets actually draw to see them play in Philly. The Met fans couldn't wait to get to the cheesesteaks and crab fries out in Ashburn Alley.

The game started and Kyle Kendrick looked a little shaky at first but he settled down to pitch a great game. Good enough to keep the Phils into the game. That is all you can ask for from a pitcher, especially a rookie just up from the minors. The Phils pulled away and Kyle picked up his third win for the Phillies, Aaron Rowand noted that he had some 'poise' on the mound like Cole Hamels did when he came up.

The Phils have fallen back in the standings a few games, but that's ok for now. I'd love to see them get a marquee name before the trading deadline like a Dontrelle Willis perhaps. He may be the missing piece of the puzzle. I hope the Phillies get on a win streak again starting tonight, because they will fall out of contention if they don't watch themselves.

Here's some facts from the ballpark where the Phillies play tonight at 8:05pm:

1. Minute Maid Ballpark the home of the Houston Astros opened in 2000
2. HOK Sports Facilities Group was the architect, they were the same company who helped design Citizen's Bank Park
3. It's only 315 feet to the homerun mark in left field, but the wall out there is 19 feet high!
4. The capacity is 40,950 at Minute Maid Ballpark
5. Union Station is a train station that is integrated right into the ballpark, over 60 percent of the fans arrive via Union Station in fact. The entrance way from the train station features old style decor from the early 1900's.

Rich Baxter / Fightin' Phils 2007 blog

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