Who says you can't have fun at a Phillies game? Certainly the Phillies haven't been an exciting team for the most part this year, with their anemic offense. But my experience on Sunday proves that there are times when there is nothing better.
My oldest son took me to the Phillies game Sunday for an early Father's Day present. The seats were two rows behind the Reds dugout, closest to home plate...unbelievable seats.
The weather, which was ominous the entire day, gave us nothing more than a few moments of mist and mild temperatures...great for watching a game.
When we arrived, we headed to Tony Luke's for their delicious roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich. We wanted some Chickie and Pete's crab fries but the line was ridiculously long so we passed on that.
Ballpark food has sure changed over the years...it used to be hot dogs and not much else...now its practically gourmet (with prices to boot).
The game was a typical futile effort by the Phils until the 8th inning when they scored their first run and trailed 2-1. Matt asked if I wanted to leave early or stay...wisely I said let's stay. And we were rewarded with back-to-back home runs by Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis for a walk-off win. The crowd, including Matt and me, left the ballpark in a frenzy, high-fiving everyone in sight.
That is what is so great about baseball. The game can turn in a moment and leave you frustrated...or elated. And since I got to spend it with one of my kids, it was even better.
Sounds like a great Dad and Son day at the ballpark. Those are things memories are made of. I have fond memories of a trip to Philly my dad and I made to Connie Mack Stadium to see the Phillies back in 1961. We took a commuter train [they weren't called SEPTA back then] to Philly and later back to Wilmington. Had a great time at the game. I was ten, had my glove with me so I'd be prepared to catch any ball that came near me, none did. I remember eating hot dogs and soda. Yep, a trip to the ballpark is something special.
You can also experience a similar day at the ballpark, minus the gourmet food and parking fees, at the BlueRocks here in Wilmington. Much closer, less expense, but another great way to make memories with your kids, be they kids or adults at a ball park.
My oldest son is a extreme Flyers' fan. He and I went to a couple of Flyers games, back when he still played [he was in high school then], great memories. Definitely a different experience being there vs. watching on TV or listening to the game on the radio. My son is 31. He and I will have to make a trip to Philly next season to see a Flyers game, its been way too long. Thanks for the idea Big Don.
Tue, May 21, 2013 6:42am
I remember going up to Connie Mack Stadium many times as a kid (I lived in Delaware County, Pa) and it wasn't an easy trip up there. But I still remember, how, every time I caught my first glimpse of that beautiful field, how magical it was. It was like I was in the greatest place in the world. I was a huge Willie Mays fan and a couple of times my parents got tickets for the center field bleachers so I could be close to the greatest player in the game when the Giants came to town. Wonderful memories...and you're right, Mike. The memories are so much better when they involve your kids (mine are old enough that they can pay for everything these days!).
Tue, May 21, 2013 8:33am
Sounds like a pretty awesome Father's Day to me :)
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