Phillies Show How They Feel About Mike Schmidt Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 December 2007

When the Philadelphia Phillies christened Citizens Bank Park on April 12, 2004, there were two iconic figures cast in metal for prosperity.  One was a gigantic Liberty Bell (50' high and 35' wide), which towers 100 feet above street level and comes to life after every Phillies home run.  The Bell and clapper swing side-to-side independently and its neon edges light up and pulsate. The Bell's ring is heard throughout Citizens Bank Park.

The other metal object that Phillies fans clamor to see is a 10-foot tall bronze sculpture of one of the franchise’s most dominate and charismatic players, Michael Jack Schmidt (548 career homers).

“My dreams started on a small playground near my home where I first learned how to hold a bat,” Schmidt said.  “My dreams came true here on this field. This game - baseball - is rich with strategy, talent, challenge, excitement and yes, tradition. But most of all, this game of baseball creates a bond - an indescribable bond, a bond that brings all of us together. All of us, not only teams but, families, friends, communities and, yes, even countries. At this very moment, I feel that bond and it will always be with me. I don't know where life will lead. but the Phillies and Philadelphia will forever hold a very special place in my heart.”
 





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