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Phillies road team, Blue Jays home team at Citizens Bank Park

Jun 25, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

The Jays come in to Philly tonight for a three game set . . . as the home team.

You’ll recall that this little switcheroo is the result of the G-20 summit taking place in Toronto. As a result, the series that was supposed to take place in the Rogers Centre is now in Philly with the Phillies as the “visiting team” and the Jays as the “home team.”

And they’re gonna do what they can to make that fiction a reality. The Phillies will be wearing their road grays and the Jays their home whites. The DH will be used. While there’s some confusion on this point, it seems that the Blue Jays will get the majority of the gate for the series, while the Phillies still retain the concessions.

Only two things are really undercutting the suspension of disbelief as to the location of the series: the facts that (a) the Phillies players get so sleep in their own beds and have breakfast with their families; and (b) there will be 40,000 screaming Phillies fans at the games. But, sure, other than that, root-root-root for the home team . . .

And yes, I realize that the Joe Carter pic is a low blow to Phillies fans. But that was 17 years ago and you guys are getting three gratuitous home games, so I think you deal with it. Jays fans need it.

  1. Philip P - Jun 25, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Do the Phillies get the vistor’s dugout & locker room too? I say the Phanatic should have to wear a Blue Jay’s uniform.

  2. Utley's hair - Jun 25, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    So, the Phightins get three “gratuitous” home games where the road players get to stay at home, and wake up with their families. Right. Like the Mutts-Yankers, Cubs-Sox, Dodgers-Angels, Giants-A’s each don’t get to do that for three extra games every year. Besides, it’s not the organization’s fault that Bud and his cohorts didn’t see fit to resolve this issue back before the schedules were finalized and instead waited until after the season started to fix it.

    As for the 40,000 screaming Phillies phans, we tend to travel to see our team play. We take advantage of the apathy of other teams’ fan bases to watch our team play. Don’t hate us for being loyal.

    Now, since the whole focal point of this series was going to be Doc anyway, why not swap out the pictures.

  3. nps6724 - Jun 25, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Just what the defending NL champs need in a tight pennant race, 3 extra home games.

  4. G2 - Jun 25, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    I would love to hear the whining if the phillies sweep this series and win the division by one game.
    and blah blah something about the mets and braves playing a far easier AL schedule.

  5. schmedley - Jun 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Ah, yes, 1993. Joe Carter beat us in the World Series. How did we get to the World Series? By upsetting your heavily favored Braves, Craig. Ahhh, that was sweet. Thanks for jarring that memory for me. 😉

  6. nps6724 - Jun 25, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    “As for the 40,000 screaming Phillies phans, we tend to travel to see our team play. We take advantage of the apathy of other teams’ fan bases to watch our team play. Don’t hate us for being loyal.”
    Unless Philly fans routinely make road games into home games due to crowd noise, this is pure BS. And I can’t say I’ve ever noticed a large enough group during any road series to back up this claim.

  7. Wizahdry - Jun 25, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Oh yeah that seams fair. Be funny if Philly gets swept….

  8. Jonny5 - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Ahhh, nice… Roy did a very good job tonight. That picture is kinda below the belt,nice dig. But for some reason it doesn’t bug me. I guess the whipping the Jays just got helps.

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