. . . followed by 6 lousy innings of baseball.
That summarizes the quality of play during the Phillies-Rockies game yesterday. But the energy during those first three innings – before Kaz Matsui’s 4th inning grand slam off reliever Kyle Lohse sucked the life out of the ballpark – was unlike any I had ever experienced. Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff home run, and the crowd was so loud I didn’t even hear the fireworks or the ringing of the huge Liberty Bell. And then his 3rd inning two-run triple . . . wow. A baseball crowd unlike any I had ever experienced – even better than the Yankees-Red Sox game I attended at Yankee Stadium a year ago . . . Whodathunkit? A great baseball crowd in Philadelphia? Yes, it is possible.
This was my first ever Phillies playoff game, and it might be my last in a long time. Despite the loss, it was a great day, one I’ll remember for a long time. My dad and I have been going to baseball games for as long as I can remember, and since high school it has been "our thing," our time to get together, to talk, to be together, to share in something together that connects generations – he wore his father’s Phillies jacket when he came down to RFK two weeks ago to see the Phillies play the Nationals . . . Thanks Dad. It was a great day.
And then to top it off, my best friend Josh met us for dinner following the game at Nifty-Fifties, our old high school hangout. What memories we have together. I might not be able to handle those spicy cheese chicken nuggets like I used to, but it was still awesome. Thanks Josh for making the trek . . .
The Phillies didn’t have a good day, but I did. And that’s all that really counts.