According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Phillies' stats will be tallied as home stats, but little else will feel like Philadelphia as the Phillies become strangers in their own home in a quirky series with the Blue Jays beginning tonight at 7:05.
ESPN baseball writer Tim Kurkjian provided a comprehensive preview of this unusual series. “In baseball annals, this is not a big deal, many games have had to be transferred from one city to another for a variety of reasons, be it weather, ballpark construction, etc.,” Kurkjian writes. “But this is the first time that an interleague game has been moved from one team's park to the opponent's park. The Blue Jays will wear their home uniforms, will bat second and the DH will be used. The Blue Jays will take batting practice first, as they would at home. The walk-up music that is played for each Blue Jays player before each home at-bat will be played, as will the walk-up music for each Phillies player. The attendance for the games will be credited as home games for the Blue Jays.”"It's really going to be strange," Brian Schneider told Kurkjian. "I looked at the times to show up Friday and we don't have to be on the field as early." Great read. Check it out here.