Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Phillies get 3 extra home games: series with Toronto moved to Philly

If you've ever wanted to see the Phillies play with a DH at Citizens Bank Park, now is your chance! In a story originally broken by The Fightins and later confirmed by the Phillies, the Interleague series between the Blue Jays and Phillies that was originally supposed to be played in Toronto has been moved to Philadelphia due to the G20 Summit, a meeting of world leaders. Because the G20 Summit presents major security issues, the Blue Jays and MLB decided that moving the series, to be played from June 25-27, to Philly would alleviate any problems.

Despite being played at Citizens Bank, the Blue Jays will still be considered the home team and the game will follow AL rules, meaning the Phillies will be in their road jerseys and will use a DH. Of course, even though the Blue Jays will be considered the home team, you can bet the stadium will be filled with Phillies fans as I wouldn't count on many Jays fans making the trip to Philly. There lies the real advantage for the Phillies as they get three extra home games out of this deal. With that comes not only the competitive advantage over the rest of the league but also the extra money they are certain to make even if Toronto takes most of the gate money. Pretty sweet deal for the Phillies and it should be a fun series to watch.

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