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Phillies to Honor Atlanta’s Chipper Jones on Friday

The Philadelphia Phillies will honor a rival who has terrorized them for nearly two decades.

On Friday before their series with the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies will honor Chipper Jones, who plans on retiring at the end of the season. The Phillies join a handful of teams who already have honored Jones for his illustrious career, all while playing for one team.

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, the two longest tenured Phillies, are expected to take part in the ceremony.

Jones, who turned 40 this year, is a career .332/.442/.599 hitter against the Phillies with 49 homers and 151 RBIs in 243 games.


Hockey Invades the Bank

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

For one week, Citizens Bank Park was turned into a Winter Wonderland filled with hockey action.

The action featured Philadelphia hockey in it’s most beautiful and elegant form, which was in front of 45,000-plus diehard Flyers fans for the whole world to see.

The past week was the fifth annual NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic. For the third time it was held in the confines of a true American landmark: a ball park. After Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park, Citizens Bank Park played host to the growing winter sensation the NHL created with the Heritage Classic in Canada almost a decado ago.

The fantastic week of hockey, which we will recap with a little help from “The Checking Line – Flyers Edition“, began on New Years Eve and concluded this past Friday, January 6.

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Citizens Bank Park to host legendary concert next July

The Wall standing erect at the Wells Fargo Center on November 11, 2011 (photo by John Russo)

Is there any Pink Floyd/Phillies fans out there?

Music legend Roger Waters is returning to North America with another leg of his “The Wall” tour, this time hitting up some outdoor venues while he’s at it. On of the destinations is Citizens Bank Park on July 14, 2012.

Last November, Waters did a three-night stand at the Wells Fargo Center that sold out every night (read a review from last year’s show here). Imagine the atmosphere for this type of show in an outdoor setting.

“This new production of ‘The Wall’ is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years,” Waters wrote on his website before the tour began.

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Nine Flyers taking BP before Phils game

I wonder out of this bunch would be the best hitter?

I’m going to put my money on Scott Hartnell for power and I can see Claude Giroux being a feisty little slap hitter.

James van Riemsdyk and Matt Carle are the only USA-born players on the Flyers but that won’t make much of a difference, especially because Sidney Crosby, a notorious Canadian, hit a bomb at PNC Park during batting practice once.

Kind of cool. I hope to see some pictures of the BP on Twitter.

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So we had an earthquake…

BREAKING — Joe Blanton tripped and fell. All is good.

All kidding aside, we just felt the rumblings from an earthquake in Richmond, VA. The folks down there felt a 5.9 magnitude quake, nothing serious but big enough to feel 400+ miles away.

And with all being well, a couple interesting tweets to make you smile. Apparently, the Mets don’t care if Citizens Bank Park collapses…

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CBP to host NHL’s Winter Classic

The Flyers' Claude Giroux battles in the corner for a loose puck with Boston's Matt Hunwick in the 2009 Winter Classic at Fenway Park. Also pictured is Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The National Hockey League is bringing the Winter Classic to Philadelphia.

Playing in their second Winter Classic in three years, the Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers on January 2, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park according to league officials.

With the National Football League schedule showing games on January 1, the annual date of the Winter Classic, the NHL has decided to move it back one day in order to not compete with the NFL.

And with the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Washington Redskins that week, Lincoln Financial Field was unavailable.

The NHL wanted Philadelphia, a sports town like no other. NBC also wanted New York, their target market. That’s what brought the game to CBP.

The first winter classic has gone back and forth between football and baseball stadiums. In it’s first year, the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The following two years were in Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park, where the Flyers were hosted by the Boston Bruins. Last season, the game was played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

The official announcement will be made later this month.

Two Years of Silence

This is the symphony that will never be forgotten by Phillies fans. His voice may have been slow and deep, capable of putting some to sleep, but it was legendary.

He was Philadelphia Phillies baseball.

The summer soundtrack of leather-popping pitches and the reverberation of a packed baseball stadium was narrated by Harry Kalas.

It’s been exactly two years since the Phillies lost their voice and they’ll never find an equal replacement; but why would they want to? The memories of his epic “long drive” calls are best left in the memory bank.

He talked into a microphone and television speakers oozed with passion for the game.

A couple years later, the famous calls, as well as the classy personality that Kalas carried with him is remembered on the left-center field wall in Citizens Bank Park. Someday soon, a fan-made statue will be outside the stadium, memorializing his legacy.

Citizens Bank Park's Outfield Memorial of Harry Kalas

Whenever I get an opportunity to head out to a Phillies game, I look over towards left field at Harry the K’s and reflect on Harry. The “HK” reminds me of my childhood. The two letters whisper in my ear and tell me that there is more to baseball than bats and gloves.

Baseball gives children role models to respect. It provides athletes with an opportunity to learn.

Harry Kalas still gives us high hopes.

One microphone. One voice.

He was Philadelphia Phillies baseball.