As Todd Zolecki of MLB.com points out, the Phillies celebrated the 100th consecutive sellout of Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night before their game against the Giants.
The stadium has a capacity of 43,651 and 42,900 non-standing room tickets must be sold for a game to be considered a sellout. Since July 9, 2009, that has not been a problem, which is truly quite a feat.
“We’ve averaged over 3.1 million in the seven years at Citizens Bank
Park,” Phillies vice president of sales and ticket operations John Weber told MLB.com. “It’s always been about the ballpark, our homegrown
winning team and the fans. Those three components make our job so much
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel acknowledged the great fan support before Thursday’s game.
“I’d just like to say you’re the best fans I’ve ever seen in baseball,”
he said. “And your energy and the fact you pull for us every night is
going to help us get to the World Series again.”
The Phillies currently boast a 68-51 record and sit only two games back of the Braves in the National League East. They lead the hunt for the NL Wild Card.
Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas is drawing interest from at least four clubs, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Friday. The Brewers are the presumed frontrunners to land the infielder, but Heyman adds that the Angels may take the inside edge as Moustakas hails from the San Fernando Valley and has invested in charity efforts in California over the last year. The Phillies and Padres, on the other hand, have been involved to a lesser degree as they’re both thought to be in hot pursuit of fellow free agent third baseman/shortstop Manny Machado, though their interest in the veteran Moustakas could ramp right back up should they lose out on Machado in the weeks to come.
Moustakas, 30, declined a $15 million mutual option with the Brewers at the end of the 2018 season, and like many others left on the market, has yet to find a landing spot in advance of spring training. While he’s several years removed from his last All-Star performance, he ran a decent campaign with the Royals and Brewers last year, slashing a combined .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs, a .774 OPS, and 2.4 fWAR across 635 plate appearances.
He certainly appears to be a fit in Anaheim, where he could supplant Zack Cozart at the hot corner and balance out the Angels’ right-heavy lineup alongside Kole Calhoun, Justin Bour, and Tommy La Stella. Even if the Angels have serious interest in the third baseman, however, they’re likely to wait and see what kind of contract Machado (and the as-yet unsigned Bryce Harper) fetches before extending any serious offers of their own. They’re far from the only club to use the four-time All-Star as a litmus test this offseason, which has only fueled a growing unrest among MLB players who believe that more serious action — such as a midseason walk-out or a league-wide strike — will need to be taken over the next few months.