Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park offers fans a comfortable experience to watch a ballgame with a great, yet distant view of downtown Philadelphia. The scoreboard in left field, the largest video screen in the National League and 20th biggest in the world, frames the city well. 

The stadium, both inside and out, is spacious, built as part of a sports complex in a less populous area of southern Philadelphia that also hosts football, hockey and basketball. Ashburn Alley, a street similar to Yawkey Way in Boston or Eutaw in Baltimore, opens before the rest of the stadium and offers fans a chance to learn about former Phillies greats as well as partake in a wide variety of food options, including Bull's BBQ, a restaurant co-owned by former Philly Greg "The Bull" Luzinski (photo below). 

In the game, Jimmy Rollins homered twice and AJ Burnett pitched very well. The Phillies beat the Nationals 6-2. It was their fifth victory in a row but came after losing 10 of their previous 11 games. The Phillies have been unable to find consistency this year and I was lucky enough to see one of the games in which they were able to find success at the plate and in the field. 

Final Score: Phillies 6, Nationals 2

A ten-foot tall statue of Phillies great Mike Schmidt stands in front of the third base gate. 

A ten-foot tall statue of Phillies great Mike Schmidt stands in front of the third base gate. 

Ted Schearer, far left, goes early to batting practice to catch balls for his grandkids. 

Ted Schearer, far left, goes early to batting practice to catch balls for his grandkids. 

The team store. 

The team store. 

Greg "The Bull" Luzinski, two-time MVP runner-up and longtime Phillies outfielder, spends time near his restaurant to sign autographs for fans at Bull's BBQ in right field. 

Greg "The Bull" Luzinski, two-time MVP runner-up and longtime Phillies outfielder, spends time near his restaurant to sign autographs for fans at Bull's BBQ in right field. 

Ephraim went to the game with his mom Jenna and dad Ed. They plan to visit all the MLB stadiums by the time Ephraim finishes high school. 

Ephraim went to the game with his mom Jenna and dad Ed. They plan to visit all the MLB stadiums by the time Ephraim finishes high school. 

Beer vendor Nick. 

Beer vendor Nick. 

Jay watches the game in the upper deck. He came to the game with his dad Wes. 

Jay watches the game in the upper deck. He came to the game with his dad Wes. 

Cash, left, and Jaden get a caricature drawing at the game. 

Cash, left, and Jaden get a caricature drawing at the game. 

Ryan Howard bats while the Phillie Phanatic tries to distract the pitcher. 

Ryan Howard bats while the Phillie Phanatic tries to distract the pitcher. 

Fans do the wave. 

Fans do the wave. 

Wayne, a 23-year Marine veteran, attended his second ball game ever and his nephew Dashon attended his first. "It's the only place that you can act like a kid and nobody will care," Wayne said. 

Wayne, a 23-year Marine veteran, attended his second ball game ever and his nephew Dashon attended his first. "It's the only place that you can act like a kid and nobody will care," Wayne said. 

Post-game train back to downtown Philadelphia. 

Post-game train back to downtown Philadelphia.