This is going to be a strange weekend at Citizens Bank Park. It is our home but we will be the visiting team, batting first and wearing road uniforms. Plus, the DH will be used.
Because we are the visiting team doesn’t mean we have switched clubhouses or dugouts or that the team is housed in a hotel for a couple of nights. But, with the Blue Jays being the home team, they get to take BP first.
The Phillies have had 77 consecutive sellouts. But, that streak will not be broken since it is considered a road series. Toronto’s average attendance is around 17,500, 13th in the A.L. So, their average attendance will take a boost. There are still some tickets available.
Also strange: we’re 7-5 in games played in Toronto’s Rogers Centre. So, those numbers will change even though we’re not there.
The Blue Jays are last in the A. L. in hitting and first in the most strikeouts. But, they lead the majors by a big margin with 111 home runs.
Should be a fun weekend.
Historically, we’ve straggled in interleague play. With three games left, we are 8-7. We’ve only had a winning record in interleague play four times (11-7, 1999; 10-8, 2002; 8-7, 2003 and 2007).
June hasn’t been a friendly month. We’re now at 10-10, although it seems as if we’ve lost more games this month than 10. Last year we were 11-15. Eight games are left this month.
An e-mail note from reader Dennis Orlandini: Dane Sardinha deserves a special mention in your Phillies Insider column. He homered in his first game as a Phillie (6/24), but that was also his first career major league home run. It comes after 84 at bats and 92 plate appearances spread out over five major league seasons. It’s always good to see a guy who doesn’t quit, but perseveres instead, who gets rewarded.
Dennis, you are right. That was a neat moment.
Enjoy summer’s first weekend!