Recently, PhoulBallz.com received word from a source close to the Blue Jays organization that, due to the conflicting schedule with the G20 Summit, there were discussions in progress to cancel one of the dates (likely Sunday) for the Phillies/Blue Jays series, scheduled June 25th-27th, and play two games on one of the other already scheduled dates (Saturday, if the Sunday date was nixed), to reduce congestion and security issues during the G20 event. The wheels were in motion on that plan, but it had not been finalized.
The main issue is that Toronto's Rogers Centre is inside the security perimeter for the G20 Summit, which is a meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from around the world.
This scheduling conflict has been known for months. There is great anticipation among Toronto fans for this series, as it will mark the return of long-time fan favorite Roy Halladay, who Toronto traded to the Phillies last December. Toronto has NO desire to lose the ticket and concession earnings for this series, so expect the Blue Jays to fight any move of the series as best they can. I don't believe that the Blue Jays baseball team can stand up to a New World Order, so the move may very well be a sure thing.
Internet buzz picked up today as reports leaked that the Phillies were preparing to host games that weekend, by cancelling private events scheduled for Citizens Bank Park over the weekend of 6/25-6/27. The switch would give the Phillies 3 more regular season home games than the evenly distributed 81 games that all other Major League clubs are allocated.
Todd Zolecki, beat reporter for Phillies.com, tried to research the possibility of the series' move, today, after TheFightins.com reported the switch was official (then subsequently pulled the report), but did not obtain any confirmation. What is official is that the Blue Jays have a conflict, and the Phillies seem to be preparing, in case a venue switch is required.
Updates on this story will be posted when they are available.
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