Product Description & Features
by Good Sports Art
- The new home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park™, opened in 2004 and appears poised to continue the tradition of winning in Philly.
- In each of their first 3 seasons at their new home the Phillies finished 2nd in the NL East Division while looking for a fresh flag to put on display. (see more details below)
Pictured here is the 2005 home opener at Citizens Bank Park against the Washington Nationals, attended by 44,080 of the Phillies faithful, who watched the hometown team win by an 8-4 score.
The batter is Washington Nationals centerfielder Brad Wilkerson. Pitching for the Phillies is Jon Lieber, Mike Lieberthal is behind the plate, the infield has Jim Thome at 1st, Placido Polanco at 2nd, Jimmy Rollins at short and David Bell at 3rd. Patrolling the outfield, from left to right, are Pat Burrell, Kenny Lofton and Bobby Abreau. The Phillies, born as the Philadelphia Quakers in 1883, have had a winner in each of their long term residences. Although their name was changed in 1885, their hometown has stayed the same since their inception. The Baker Bowl (1895-1938) brought the 1915 Phillies, the National League™ Champs. Shibe Park (1939-1970), also known as Connie Mack Stadium, delivered the 1950 Whiz Kids, again the NL champs. Veterans Stadium (1971-2003) boasted the NL East champs of '76, '77, '78, '80, '83 and '93 with the '80 team winning the World Series® championship and the '83 and '93 squads finished as NL champs. Phillies New Ballpark is based on an original painting measuring 36 inches by 54 inches