Once or twice a year, Ross takes me on the pilgrimage to Philly. Now, we live west of Harrisburg…normally a good two hours down the Turnpike to Citizens Bank Park. Since it was such a gorgeous day AND the American Idol tour had their concert in the Wachovia Center, we decided that we’d forgo the Turnpike and take a trip down Route 30.
It was a pleasant trip…you see things when you take a “less beaten” path. Like:
Yes, folks this is Amish country. Speaking of which, we were delayed a few minutes as we were caught behind an Amish buggy for about 3 miles. 🙂 (I could mention that a few years ago our car was actually sideswiped by an Amish buggy, but that’s a story for another day.)
Eventually we arrived in Philly and were there just after the gates opened. FIRST thing we did was head to the new statue of Harry Kalas.
It was dedicated (albeit delayed) Tuesday. I personally think it was an amazing likeness. So well done. Since were were some of the first there, the people taking pictures all took turns and I was lucky enough to get some very nice pictures (like the one at the top of the page) and the bonus is that there is no one else in the picture.
Of course we had to head to Harry the K’s restaurant for dinner. Where else would we eat after visiting the icon’s statue?
The Phils were taking batting practice. We were sitting just inside the patio at Harry the K’s and had to keep our heads up as Hunter Pence shelled the patio with long bombs. Almost half a dozen hit within a few feet of the patio, it was almost as if Pence was laying siege to Harry’s.
I had a cheesesteak, a pretty good one. Had I not had a Campo’s or Tony Luke’s steak the last few times I was at the park, it would have been the best I’d ever had.
After dinner, we wandered out to:
I made it a point to see John Kruk’s newly dedicated plaque.
We stopped by the bullpen to watch Cliff Lee warm up. I was surprised to see the normally clean-shaven Lee sporting facial hair…could it be that he’s getting a head start on his play-off beard?
We wandered out to our seats in Pence-ylvania, in the 200 level in right field. Just before ascending the stairs our eyes caught sight of a shirt I JUST HAD TO HAVE….
I also saw one of the strangest items…a Chase Utley hand puppet. The dolls, ok, I can see a little one sleeping with Chase Utley (!?!) but a hand puppet? I mean really, to use the puppet you had to put your hand…WHERE!?!
Ross and I took our seats and watched the players take the field. Michael Schwimer was just called up to the Phils from Lehigh Valley and he was given the honor of wearing the “rookie backpack and boa”. Schwimer wears Hello Kitty well.
Our seats were just above Ross’ new favorite player, Hunter Pence.
The game was amazing. Jimmy Rollins started off by hitting a homer on the very first pitch. Arizona came back in the 2nd to tie it 2-2. It stayed tied until Wilson Valdez hit a double to drive in 2 RBIs and the Phils were off to the races. The final was 9-2…
As the sun set over Citizens Bank Park. I was so happy to be there and I just smiled to myself and thought… I LOVE BASEBALL.