So July came and went. I can't believe that we are already halfway through August!!! Only like, 7 weeks of the regular season left, and division races are pretty freaking close in 5 out of 6 divisions of the MLB. Pretty exciting.
This is the 1st weekend in about 2 months I have not attended a Phillies game in person. It was kind of weird to not be at a ballpark for a few hours. At the same time it was kind of nice to actually have nothing on the agenda and just relax and get some stuff done around the house - like actually unpack our CDs (we moved over 2 years ago).
Anyway - as I wait for the 3rd and final game in this Phillies/Mets series to happen tonight, I figured I'd throw up a few more photos and what not from my July Phillies adventures. Enjoy!
PHILLIES PHOTO DAY - JULY 24, 2010
This was the first year I actually had tickets for Photo day! I was really excited - no 100 degree + heat index was going to keep me away from possibly getting photos with some Phillies players. Mr. ChickPhilA was in San Diego at ComiCon, so I took my mom with me, who was also really excited.
I didn't know what to expect when we got there - it actually wasn't as crazy as I thought it would be. We got there when gates opened and went right down onto the field, found a good spot near the Southwest sign in left center and waited. And waited. And waited. In the meantime, I did buy a Phillies yearbook from the roaming vendors - free leftover Charlie Manuel bat with purchase!! yes please!!
Finally, the broadcast team started making the rounds. I was really kind of excited for this - to see LA and Scott in particular. LA and Sarge were playing by the rules - not coming over to the rope to take photos with people, but they were looking ever so stylish. So was the Phanatic's Mom - with her Chanel outfit:
I was actually able to get a photo with Scott, though - I was pretty excited to meet him:
Most of the players were stopping for pics, but I was so excited just to shake their hand, say a few words...any my mom kept forgetting to snap photos during it ha ha. I was able to get a few good close shots of the guys though. Chase, Jayson, Ryan, Chooch:
There were a few people that I actually did get to take photos with. Chad Durbin, Vance Worley (had a funny convo. with him actually - it was towards the end of the photo time, and most people had already filtered out. No one knew who he was, it was kind of funny. When he came around I said to him, "It's a bit different here than in Reading, huh?" He laughed and said, "Oh man, you have no idea, this is unreal." Later that day, of course, he would make his MLB debut and pitch a scoreless inning for the Phills, then be sent down to AAA - it was neat to have that moment with him on such a momentous day for him). Last but not least - I was able to chat with and get a photo with Charlie - tooo coooool!!! That made the whole standing out in the sun all afternoon totally worth it.
So my 1st Phillies photo day was a success. Hope to go again next year (and not be so "starstruck" perhaps...).
Later on - More photos from our Baseball road trip to Chicago!