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Phillies selling history, messing with their mojo

Mar 23, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

The Philadelphia Phillies are giving Citizens Bank Park a makeover, replacing the original playing surface – a surface on which the Phillies won three NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series – with brand new sod.

And they’re generously giving their fans a chance to purchase a piece of the old field, and (as they’re spinning it) team history. (From

The Phillies said the grass has been sectioned into 3 inch-by-3 inch pieces, freeze-dried, preserved and displayed in a UV-glass case with a photo of the field and highlights of the ballpark.

Cost is $79.99 for outfield or infield sections, or $119.99 for a piece of the painted Phillies logo section from behind home plate during the postseason. The logo pieces have been numbered from 1 to 2009.

Only $80 for a piece of sod? Maybe for another $80, they will throw in some champagne corks and cigar stubs from the 2008 championship celebration. And is it really a good idea to mess with the CBP mojo? In fact, it might makes sense from a superstitious standpoint for the Mets to buy every little 3-inch-by-3-inch section and reassembling it at Citi Field.

In that case, I could understand opening your wallets. But for everyone else, it might be wise to pass on grass.

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  1. smokehouse - Mar 23, 2010 at 5:42 AM

    What a sick idea. I wonder where they got that idea from? Could it be the evil empire.

  2. Jonny5 - Mar 23, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    That’s about 1,742,400 pcs of freeze dried turf x $80. Well lets just say after buying new turf they should have enough left over to sign Werth….. I wonder if Tim Mcgraw asked them to leave a large section around the mound un touched. Ya know as not to sell off pieces of his old man……

  3. Jack Meoffer - Mar 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    The more I see this in baseball it turns me off even more. The teams are so deperate for a buck they will do anything. And the fans ? You really need a piece of dirt and grass that in the end really needs nothing ? It’s garbage. I hope people are smart enough and don’t buy it and the Phillies should do what they should of done in the beginning. Just throw it out.

  4. BigTop - Mar 23, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Two thoughts on this:
    1) that sod was looking pretty bad by the end of the season. The outfield had bare spots all over the place (and not just where the outfielders stood). I was at Game 3 vs the Yankees and I thought it was borderline appalling that it looked so bad out there in a World Series game. At least it was still draining well after all that rain.
    2) I’d buy one, if I weren’t poor. I would put it right next to one of the seats from Veteran’s Stadium, which I also didn’t buy because I’m poor.

  5. BC - Mar 23, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Probably. I have a piece of the old Yankee Stadium foul pole with a certificate of authenticity hanging on my wall. (I didn’t buy it, it was a gift).

  6. madhatters - Mar 23, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    They re-sod very frequently and I’m surprised it took three years to do this field. In three years the stadium has held more than 6 concerts.
    Bad mojo would be changing uni’s; changing sod will be greatly appreciated by the players I’m sure.
    Nice try making a mountain out of a mole hill we’re still gonna beat up on the Braves

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