Park Proves Himself
Well, he apparently felt something.
He looked like a completely different pitcher, allowing just one hit in six scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to the Mets. This probably keeps Park in the rotation for the immediate future because if you look at things right now, Park has the third-best ERA in the Phillies’ rotation: Brett Myers (2-2, 5.35 ERA), Jamie Moyer (3-1, 5.65 ERA), Park (0-1, 6.67 ERA), Joe Blanton (1-2, 6.84 ERA) and Cole Hamels (0-2, 7.27 ERA). Even if Park struggles in his next start, it would be hard to pull him after he pitched so well against the Mets.
But the leash on Park remains much shorter than on others in the rotation, so Park is going to be constantly fighting to keep his job with viable options (J.A. Happ, Kyle Kendrick and Carlos Carrasco) waiting in the wings.
Citi Field? Eh. Don’t get me wrong. It is waaaaaaaaaaay nicer than Shea Stadium. But I hated Shea Stadium. Shea made the Vet look palatial. But Citi Field is very enclosed. It feels very dark. I’m not a fan of the charcoal-colored walls. I don’t know, but I guess everything in New York gets so much hype that you expect to be blown away. And I wasn’t.
I’m spoiled. I’ve been to every ballpark in the big leagues except Toronto, Anaheim and the new Yankee Stadium, so I’ve seen some good ones. Wrigley Field and Fenway Park remain my favorites. But of the new ballparks, I think Citizens Bank Park is better than Citi Field. So is PNC Park in Pittsburgh, AT&T Park in San Francisco, Petco Park in San Diego and Camden Yards in Baltimore (the first of the “new” parks). And I would say Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Minute Maid Park in Houston, Coors Field in Denver and Safeco Field in Seattle are no worse.
It’s a nice ballpark, but I wouldn’t tell anybody, “Oh, you absolutely gotta check out Citi Field if you’re in New York and you’re a baseball fan.” I would say that about PNC or AT&T or Camden Yards.