Lack of Onions Has Phillies Fans Crying

Lack of Onions Has Phillies Fans Crying

Phillies fans welcomed the opportunity to come back to Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies take on the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets in the first two home series of the season over the past week. But one thing many fans didn't welcome were a number of changes around our favorite ball park at the concessions stands.

Many beer prices have gone up a couple of quarters per beer, with the cheapest beer in the ballpark a hefty $7.75, and a number of "third tier" beers being offered at $8.75 a pop. Adding the extra selection is an attempt to increase the park's "credibility as a beer flavor haven." We agree that more choices are always tastier, but heftier prices are always tougher to swallow. According to Fan Cost Experience, CBP is one of the priciest venues in all of baseball to grab a frosty beer.

Another major change many fans may have noticed is the lack of onions at Citizens Bank Park. With dollar dog nights becoming a staple over the past few seasons, adding some freshly chopped onions to your dog makes for a delicious ball park snack.

We reached out to Aramark to ask where their onions have gone. Turns out they haven't disappeared completely, they're just tougher to find.

"We went into this year with the objective of
adding variety by offering brown mustard, relish, hot sauce, honey
mustard, BBQ sauce and salsa to the standard ketchup and yellow mustard
set up," JC Campbell, Division Manager at Aramark started out.

"Although not all the new varieties are available in every
location, they are strategically placed and paired up with the ever
growing menu. We have also doubled our napkin dispensers on the carts to
better serve the needs of the guests. Over the years, we have seen a
decline in onion usage at the carts so the natural progression was to
move away from the onion stations to make room for the new flavors.
Knowing that the onion still had a place here, we have added them to
stand 106 at the point of sale. We will replicate at South Philly Market
stands on all 3 levels. We plan on having the onions in all South Philly Market locations
at the start of the next home stand."

At least there are more napkins now to catch all of that extra relish and hot sauce.

So, no need to cry over the lack of onions on your Hatfield Frank. You're just going to have to travel a bit further to find them.

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.