Most of my baseball-watching life has been spent watching the Phillies play at Citizens Bank Park. I was 10 years old when they played their first game there. So, while I have memories of games at Veteran’s Stadium, the vast majority of my Phillies memories take place at Citizen’s Bank Park.
It is now in its 19th season hosting Phillies games. Citizens Bank Park opened in the year 2004. And it has probably been host to some of the best years of Phillies baseball. It has hosted 3 World Series, whereas it took Veteran’s Stadium 30+ years to host 3 World Series. The Phillies have made the playoffs 6 times while playing there. They made it 7 times at The Vet despite 11 extra seasons there. And it hosted perhaps the greatest era in Phillies history, the 2007-2011 Phillies. The only competition for that era of Phillies baseball is the Mike Schmidt/Steve Carlton teams in the late 70s and Early 80s.
Not only that, it’s just an objectively great place to watch a Baseball game. To start, there is not a bad seat in the house. Whether you are sitting in the 3rd deck, behind the foul pole, or have a Standing Room only ticket. Pretty much everywhere has a good view.
And there has been many an iconic moment there too. That tends to happen when it takes part in 3 World Series. Also when it is home to great hitters like Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Bryce Harper, there are going to be some great moments. The same goes for having pitchers like Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee. But what are the best moments in Citizens Bank Park history? I tried to count down my favorite moments at our home ballpark over these last 19 seasons.