Philadelphia — The streak of competitive games and blistering heat ended abruptly at four Friday night.
The Tampa Bay rays and Philadelphia Phillies were rained out, but not after a nearly three-hour postponement where the Phillies organization raked in hundreds of thousands in concession money (from myself included, who tried the signature dog). The rainout was a true shame, especially for Philly pitcher Cliff Lee, who will have to wait even longer to try for his first victory of the season.
Citizens Bank Park, which is nestled in near Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles) and Wells Fargo Center (Flyers, 76ers) in the city of brotherly love, may be the second best baseball stadium so far on the trip.
The nine-year-old stadium has plenty for both baseball and casual fans alike (see pic) — similar to Comerica Park — and plenty of seats to fill. In fact, among stadiums with 40,000 or more seats, Citizens Bank Park has the longest active sellout streak at more than 230 games.
Observations from Day 4:
Bars: Not five minutes after umpires postponed the game, the rain stopped and didn’t return for the rest of the night, which still left plenty of time to explore Old City Philadelphia, near the Delaware River. It’s a little rough around the edges and has plenty of dive bars. There’s even Mac’s Old Tavern, owned by “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” stars Rob and Kaitlin McElhenney (Mac and Dee).
Parking: The most expensive lot near the stadium charged $20, but most charged $15. Some of the lowest rates I’ve seen.