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Phillies Breakfast Links: April 13, 2009

The indispensible Korea Times' perspective on Chan Ho Park's disastrous outing yesterday.

David Gregory will emcee the Nats' home opener today versus the Phillies.  Wow, good get there, guys.

Some are expecting a largely empty park in DC today.

But don't worry, the Nationals' President is recruiting Phillies fans to drive down today:

The Nationals' home opener is Monday against the Phillies, and seats still remain for the game at Nationals Park. That has caused Nationals president Stan Kasten to try a rather unique marketing approach this past week.

While being a guest on a talk show on Philadelphia radio station ESPN 950 AM, Kasten invited Phillies' fans to make the trip to the nation's capital for the opener. He even guaranteed the visiting fans would not be harassed. "We have an Opening Day here, and we'd love for all our Philly fans to come down, because I know it's going to be so hard to get tickets in Philadelphia this year," said Kasten. "It'll be much easier if you drive down the road and come see them in Washington. I have gone to enough games in three different sports in Philly to tell you that I haven't always felt welcome in your parks, OK? But you can root for whoever you want. You will be welcome when you come to Nationals Park."

Apparently this is not an April Fools prank...

Cole Hamels insists there is nothing wrongwith his arm as he prepares for his next start.  Don't be a hero, Cole.

Matt Stairs is a pinch-hitting specimen.

In the minors, Scranton-Wilkes Barre pounded the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 14-4, and the Lakewood Blueclaws were trounced by the Delmarva Shorebirds, 14-5.  Catching prospect extraordinaire Travis D'Arnaud hit a home run for the Blueclaws.