The Phillies are 11-1 at Citizens Bank Park over the last two Octobers and will try to keep it going tonight when they play the first of three in Philadelphia.
One of the best moments in Phillies postseason history occurred when a raucous Citizens Bank Park crowd assisted in Brett Myers' base on balls against CC in Game 2 of the 2008 Division Series. To me, it was a moment that marked a turning point in the evolution of the Phillies fan. Where there was once a rift between the silent majority, intent on tracking the finer points of the game, and the vocal minority, holdovers from the Veterans Stadium 700 level, the success of the Phillies helped form a unified front between smart and loud. The compromise between between geek, jabrone and the team itself has become a force to be reckoned with, especially in the postseason. We'll see if the partisan crowd can disrupt the Yankees as much as it did with Vicente Padilla, Jonathan Broxton and the Dodgers in the last series.Abolish the pitch tracker: I'm all for the advancement of technology, but the pitch trackers used in both the Fox and TBS broadcasts have got to go. As a viewer, I'm bothered that we're meant to treat that little graphic square as if it's gospel, yet in reality, the strikezone is a subjective thing with variable properties, influenced by everything from previous pitches, to barking managers, to the pitcher's demeanor. That's the stuff that makes baseball great. The pitch tracker tells us "where it was," and says nothing about "what it was" or "what it meant." The graphic also provides no clear indication of where the pitch actually crosses the plate. So instead of enjoying the mano a mano battle between pitcher and hitter, the umpires are even more in focus, and strikeouts are less about pitchers making good pitches and more to do with umpires allegedly missing calls by two inches. I hate it.