Game 47 Was a big hit in Philly

Le Anne and Bert in front of statue on the Way to Citizens Bank Park

Le Anne and Bert in front of statue on the Way to Citizens Bank Park

Tuesday July 22
What a game last night. An inverted “great pitchers” battle. Vogelsong faced Lee, who was returning to action. an action there was indeed. 82 pitches for Vogie with no one out in the 4th. 90 pitches for Lee when he was relieved in the 6th. The Giants lead 6-4 after 6 which held up for the 7-4 final score, but it took more than 2 hours to play the 1st 5 innings and a near record night with a total of 29 hits, equally divided 15-14. As were 14 K’s. All those hits, but only a single homer, by the just recalled Duvall in his 1st game back.

A good long one to watch, which was never boring. It only seemed like one of our usual quiet run of scoreless innings, only after the relievers came in. With hardly half of the game played, before the bullpen took over. 12 pitchers were used- 7 for the Giants, 5 for the home team.

It really seemed more like a minor league try out.

And now for the ladies view- We began the trip to the park at Penn’s View hotel and walked to the train. It was less than 2 blocks to the 2nd street station and because of his age they allowed Bert in for free. We had a jovial discussion with a platform superintendent who had the sheriff close at hand in case Bert misbehaved. He told Bert he would have the kleenex waiting when we returned because the Giants were going to lose because Cliff Lee was pitching. We took the blue line to the orange line and then had about a 3 block walk to the stadium. We were able to enter 1.5 hours before game time and went to the Majestic store to get the passport stamped.

Passport stamp at Citizens Bank Park

Passport stamp at Citizens Bank Park

I then met up on the rail hoping to get an autograph, but the Giants were once again stingy, and I struck out. I met a Phillies family there with their daughter Taylor who was a big Giants fan. She was especially fond of the Panda, and despite her age she too struck out when it came to an autograph. There was a man on the other side in for a wedding. He had scored 4 autographs in Pittsburgh, but had no luck here. I then met Bert back at the seats and he was busy chatting with several Giants fans.

Laura, Cody, and Lexi with Bert

Laura, Cody, and Lexi with Bert

We then met our usher who shared info on Phillies food and her cheat sheets of happenings around the park. We got to try the Turkey Hill ice cream she suggested, but they didn’t have the Grand Slam flavor. We will try more of her suggestions the next couple of games.

Phillies usher providing insider tips.

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We had hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard. Bert's standard ball park fare.

We had hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard. Bert’s standard ball park fare.

It was Italian heritage night at the park, and they carried the theme from the That’s Amore for the kiss cam song, to the band, and dancers.

Celebrating Italian Heritage night

Celebrating Italian Heritage night

Morristown Verdi band

Morristown Verdi band

Naturally being short we both hope nobody tall or wide sits in front of us, but last night Bert had a big man in front of him. He reminded me of my Uncle Bud who was 6’7 and 350 pounds on a good day.

Big Phillies fan

Big Phillies fan

Next to us was a couple who had moved from California to Philadelphia and her name was Leann. I won’t say much about the game other than it was a lot of hits and a lot of sloppy play, but we managed a win.

Bert with Leann and her husband

Bert with Leann and her husband

On the way home we met some Gideon’s and they prayed for our safe travel. They naturally had a bible for us, and discussion including how the constitution and the traditional Jewish wedding are similar. I also met a Giants fan who had followed them since they were in NY.

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