Monday, March 01, 2004

Tick ... Tick ... Tick ... | A few weeks removed from seeing Citizens Bank Park from above, I was able twice last week to get a ground-level view of the new stadium. The Phillies promise -- they really, really promise -- that the place will be playable by the team's April 3 exhibition game, but it's hard to share their enthusiasm for that timetable when you see the facility up close. Don't get me wrong -- it's going to be gorgeous. The imposing brick exterior gives the park an old-time look, with sleek glass and steel touches providing a nice modern contrast. It's just that, well, when you peer into the glass or look through the openings in the brick into the park's interior, it sure looks like there's a lot of significant work yet to be done. You'd think that since we've all been waiting so long, opening the place on time wouldn't have been an issue. ...


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