On to DC

Doc, in his 12 years in the majors, had never pitched in a postseason game.  He came to Philadelphia in a big trade last winter with the hope that string would end.  It is fitting that he takes the mound tonight with the Phillies needing one more win to claim the NL East Division crown for the fourth straight year.

Everybody, Charlie, the players and fans, wanted another celebration on the Citizens Bank Park field on Sunday but the Mets spoiled the plans.  For some reason, the Mets have Hamels’ number.  He struggled with his command and the offense couldn’t come through with a clutch hit (1-for-13 with runners in scoring position).

So, the team boarded an AMTRAK charter train after the game and headed south to Washington, DC.  The equipment truck, normally loaded with personal suite cases as well as all the necessary game equipment and medical supplies, had some extra baggage: cartons of champagne.

Clinching History
Any clinching will have to take place on the road.  We’ve been spoiled because each of the last three seasons, the clinching celebration happened at Citizens Bank Park.

Winning the division title will be the 10th for the Phillies since the NL went to divisional play 41 years ago.  The clinching for the first six all came on the road: twice each in Montreal, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

The Washington Nationals came about when the Expos moved out of Montreal.  Four times, the Phillies have clinched against the Expos/Nationals–1976 and 1980 in Montreal and 2007 and 2008 against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

Late during Sunday’s broadcast when it was obvious the big moment shifted from Citizens Bank Park to Nationals Park, broadcaster Scott Franzke said, “The ticket office at Nationals Park will have a spike in business.” 

I-95 and AMTRAK will also be busy as Phillies faithful flock to DC. 

Record Attendance
Thanks to the passion of Phillies fans for a sold-out season at Citizens Bank Park.  Attendance records were smashed this season, both total and average pre game. 81 sellouts pushed the streak to 123 straight.

The Phillies ranked #1 in attendance in the NL. 




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