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.”