Power Meets Power
What is smaller than a band box? Sand box? Match box? Pill box?
Remember how the media and players bashed Citizens Bank Park when it opened in 2004. Through the first 19 games, a total of 57 home runs were hit.
Well, say hello to the new Yankee Stadium. Home runs are flying out of there at a record pace–71 in the first 19 games. Game #20 is tonight, Adam Eaton facing the red-hot Yankees.
ESPN.com has a website called Park Factor (compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road). When it comes to home runs, Yankee Stadium is ranked #1; Citizens Bank Park #13.
Could it be the ghost of Babe Ruth is angry that the historic Yankee Stadium has been replaced?
All these numbers point to a weekend series in New York as interleague play 2009 starts tomorrow night for us in the new Yankee Stadium.
Going into today, the Yankees led the major leagues with 64 home runs. The Phillies were atop the NL with 52. Phillies pitchers had given up 61 homers, Yankee arms, 56.
The weekend can be billed as power meets power.
Historically, the Phillies have struggled against the American League, including a franchise worst (12 seasons) 4-11 record in interleague play a year ago.
J-Roll stole his 300th base today. He’s the fourth to reach that plateau in our history:
OF Billy Hamilton: 508 (729 games)
OF-1B Ed Delahanty: 411 (1,555 games)
OF Sherry Magee: 387 (1,521 games)
Rollins: 300 (1,289 games)