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.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is slated to remain with the club through the end of the 2018 season, general manager Ross Atkins told reporters on Friday. The news follows a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, who cast some doubt on the veteran skipper’s future with the team several weeks ago when he said the Jays “seem destined to move on from John Gibbons.”
While it appears Gibbons’ job is safe for the next six weeks, that’s not saying much — especially as the club currently sits 30.5 games back of the division lead and will prepare to continue restructuring a sub-.500 roster come fall. As recently as last week, he hinted that he wasn’t feeling particularly eager to oversee a full rebuild. Per Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun:
Truthfully, a full breakdown, you know I have to admit I don’t know if I’m interested in that,” Gibbons said prior to Friday’s 7-0 blowout loss to the Tampa Rays. “But we’ll see. I’m still here. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
Over 11 cumulative seasons from 2004-2008 and 2013-2018, the 56-year-old manager has guided the team to a winning record just five times, most recently when they earned back-to-back playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016. He still has another year remaining on his contract, which was recently lengthened to include the 2018 and 2019 seasons and includes an option for 2020 as well.
Atkins also revealed that the club is prepared to reevaluate Gibbons’ role during the offseason, though it’s not yet clear whether they intend to keep him on for the next two years as originally planned, reassign him to another role within the organization, or terminate his agreement with the team altogether.