Griffey Jr. In Town
June 25, 2007
First, Barry Bonds came parading in with his 746 home runs. He was followed the next week by Jim Thome and his 480 homers. Now. Ken Griffey Jr. brings his 584 total to town for three games starting tomorrow night.
That’s the start and end of June at Citizens Bank Park. Well, the end really is this weekend when the New York Mets come to town for the second time this year.
Griffey has been hot this month. He hit a pair yesterday to conclude an emotional weekend in Seattle, his first there since being traded by the Mariners in 1999. He’s now two behind Frank Robinson for sixth place (586) on the all-time list.
Last week, Sammy Sosa became the fifth player to reach 600 home runs and Griffey will be the next, but not the next three days.
Since he spent most of his career in Seattle and then in the NL Central Division, Griffey hasn’t faced the Phillies that much. When the two teams met in a three-game series in Great American Ball Park this April, he was ill. He did pinch-hit in the third game and drove in a run.
For his career, he has three homers off the Phillies, the fewest against any team (other than Seattle). Two of the homers, however, have come at Citizens Bank Park, both coming in 2005.
On Wednesday, the 10 millionth fan will come through the gates since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004.
The symbolic 10,000,000th fan will be honored pre-game on the field and receive a trip to Clearwater, FL, via Southwest Airlines, front row seats on Wednesday, a dozen roses and a partial season ticket plan for 2008.
Tickets are available for tomorrow and Wednesday night and the 1:35 afternoon game (Mets) on Friday. All other dates on this homestand are sold out. A limited number of standing room tickets will be sold the day of each sell out.
Because of the fireworks setup, the ticket windows on the North side of Citizens Bank Park (Phillies Drive) will be closed from tomorrow through Friday.
Tickets are on sale 24/7 on phillies.com and fans can print their tickets at home. For those fans who have ordered tickets via a credit card, two ticket kiosks are set up outside the First Base Gate. Fans can use the credit card to print tickets, a new convenience.
Time Running Short
Online All-Star balloting ends at midnight this Thursday: www.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2007/ballot_reg.jsp.