Did I actually head down to the Illadelph for an unprecedented third sporting event in as many weeks (and three different sports no less!)? Yes. Yes I did. And it was...glorious.
The atmosphere at CBP last night was, how do you say, "the exact opposite of the pervasive malaise that attended the Birds game on Sunday." Whoa. Very cleansing -- I had forgotten that you could actually have fun at these game things! All it takes it a little effort from the hometown team.
Three quick observations about the game:
1. The three-run home run offense is very popular. You gotta love that the Phils are defiantly anti-Sabermetrics. Walks? Putting the ball in play? Getting on base? Totally overrated. Just swing as hard as you can and the runs will come (especially in our wiffle-ball park). Cheers to the other number 5 for his continued redemption story in the playoffs. Maybe it's just because he wants to get paid, but Burrell seems determined, and that's a very good thing.
2. No Eagles jerseys last night. The message from the gear was unanimous -- I just didn't see any Eagles merch. At all. Just a million different variations on red with blue (and let us note that the Phils do an excellent job moving merch in that place).
3. The food remains the best ballpark food on Planet Earth. Who can challenge this statement? Who? Tell me where they have better ballpark food anywhere on the planet. I'll go there and let you know. And I'm pretty sure they won't be able to offer me a cheesesteak AND a roast pork sandwich (with the broccoli rabe).
(Actual Eagles content forthcoming later today.)