Philadelphia Phillies tickets
Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, dating to 1883. The Phillies are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. Since 2004, the team's home has been Citizens Bank Park in the South Philadelphia section of the city. Philadelphia Phillies have won two World Series championships (against Kansas City in 1980 and Tampa Bay in 2008) and seven National League pennants, the first of which came in 1915. The franchise has also experienced long periods of struggle. The age of the team and its history of adversity has earned it the distinction of having lost the most games of any team in the history of American professional sports.
About Philadelphia Phillies
The franchise was founded in Philadelphia in 1883, replacing the team from Worcester, Massachusetts. The team has played at several stadiums in the city, beginning with Recreation Park and continuing at Baker Bowl; Shibe Park, which was later renamed Connie Mack Stadium in honor of the longtime Philadelphia Athletics manager; Veterans Stadium; and now Citizens Bank Park. The team’s heated rivalry with the New York Mets has been an issue of contention within the division in recent seasons. The team’s spring training facilities are located in Clearwater, Florida, where the single-A minor league affiliate Clearwater Threshers play at Bright House Field.
Phillies fans have earned a reputation over the years for their generally rowdy behavior. In the 1960s, radio announcers for visiting teams would frequently report on the numerous fights breaking out in Connie Mack Stadium. Immediately after the final game at the old park, many fans ran onto the field or dislodged parts of the ballpark to take home with them. Later, at Veterans Stadium, the notorious 700 Level gained a reputation for its “hostile taunting, fighting, public urination and general strangeness.”
To attract more fans, the Phillies franchise has used promotions. Prominent examples include the Hot Pants Patrol, a group of young ladies whose presence and uniforms were designed to attract male customers to the ballpark, Phil and Phyllis, the team’s original mascots, and the Phillie Phanatic, who has been called “baseball’s best mascot.” In Phillies fan culture, it is also not unusual to replace an “f” with a “ph” in words, such as the Phillie Phanatic, or the “Phold” of ’64.
As of 2009, the Phillies’ flagship radio station is WPHT (1210 AM). The Phillies’ television stations are Comcast SportsNet (CSN) and WPHL-TV (a My Network TV affiliate) with some early season games are shown on Comcast Network Philadelphia (formerly known as CN8) when there are conflicts on CSN with 76ers and Flyers games. CSN produces the games shown on the above-mentioned stations. Scott Franzke provides play-by-play on the radio, with Larry Andersen as the color commentator. Tom McCarthy calls play-by-play for the television broadcasts, with Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews providing color commentary.