CBP Phun Phact

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One of the great moments in Citizens Bank Park’s first 10 seasons was a nose-breaking catch by Aaron Rowand against the Mets in 2006.

Check out http://www.phillies-com/alumni for more memorable moments at CBP during the 2005-6-7 seasons. Look for the image of Rowand and Pat Burrell, the first Phillies to hit back-to-back home runs in the postseason (2007).

The page also includes Phlashback Moments dating back to the Phillies first game ever, which was on this date in 1883. Other May 1 moments include a no-hitter and the 100th anniversary game in which Tony Perez starred.

All Wet
Yesterday was a wipe out day for baseball along the east coast.

The Phillies finished April with 3 rainouts at home, the most in the first month since 1997. Speaking of finishing April, a year ago they were 12-15.

Last night’s washout will be played on Monday, June 2, previously a day off. That makes it a 5-game series against the Mets. It will be the second 5-game set in the history of Citizens Bank Park. The other came in 2006 against the Marlins. Phillies took that series, 3-2.

Number of the Day
10—That’s how many years the Phillies have been in first place on May 1. Four times they reached the postseason.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley travel day to Gwinnett, GA.

Reading ended a 5-game losing streak, 3-2, in Portland . . . LF Albert Cartwright, 3-4-, 2B, RBI . . RF Cam Perkins, 10th 2B . . . 3B Carlos Alonso, 2-5 . . . Cesar Hernandez played SS, 1-4 . . . WP: Severino Gonzalez (3-1), 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 SO . . . SV: Ken Giles (7), allowed 1 run (2nd of season) in 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO (final out).

Clearwater lost its 6th in a row, 7-6, to Brevard County in 11 innings . . . RF Brian Pointer, 1st HR . . . 3B Harold Martinez, 2B, 2nd HR, 3 RBI.

Lakewood was rained out at Lexington, KY.

So, May 1
Dennis Orlandini sent an e-mail yesterday morning: “I see that your new book’s in-store date is tomorrow (May 1). Quite appropriately for someone who has spent a half-century with the club the release date to the public is on the anniversary of the Phillies first-ever game.” Well, the release date was purely incidental. Triumph Books and I hadn’t thought about it.

Four weeks from today (May 22), a book signing at Barnes & Noble, Cherry Hill (NJ) Mall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. More signing dates to come.

Oh, the name of the book……If These Walls Could Talk. Friend Larry Bowa wrote the foreword.

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