phillychuck wrote:I think Scott Palmer's address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ask for a firing, or at least a public apology.
I've been to Citizens Bank Park close to 40 times since it has been opened. I often get the standing room tickets because I love to soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful area of the park known as Ashburn Alley, the section of the yard that gives CBP its unique feel, it's small feel, the welcoming feel that has invited me back so many times. But in watching the Phils-Nats game on TV tonight, I heard something distressing.
When Washington's Elijah Dukes hit a home run to Ashburn Alley (at least that's what I thought it was called), Tom McCarthy commented that Dukes hit his impressive homer to "Mike Piazza Territory." Now, I know Piazza is a local guy, and probably is a nice guy. But I didn't think that warranted renaming the ballpark's most unique feature after him. Mike was certainly a prolific home run hitter, but in nearly 30 career games at CBP, he hit a grand total of two. And he hit both of them as a hated New York Met. Mike, in fact, never hit a home run as a Philadelphia Phillie. Nor did he ever catch a game for them. Nor did he ever don the cap.
So I commend Elijah Dukes for hitting a ball to Mike Piazza Territory at Citizens Bank Park. I'm sure Ryan Howard will be disappointed by the name though -- Ryan'd drilled a dinger into that area on more than one occasion.
But if Mike Piazza Territory actually doesn't exist, as I hope and suspect, someone perhaps needs to tell Mr. McCarthy that he no longer calls games for the hated New York Mets. I don't expect Tom to openly root for the Phils. I expect Tom to be the rose-colored window into the Phillies that we looked through for 30 years from Harry Kalas and Mike Piazz..err... Whitey Ashburn. Tom does not need to live up to Harry's greatness. It's blantantly obvious that he'd be unsuccessful. But can it be more blatantly obvious at this point that he is not suited to be a broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies?
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