Unfortunately, the Phillies' season is over, and instead of gearing up for Game 4 of the NLCS on Thursday night, Philly fans were now left searching for alternative forms of entertainment. Aside from the fact that none of us would voluntarily have the Phillies getting their golf games in order right now, there's something to be said for enjoying a night away from the stadium or the TV. Particularly if that night is spent in one of Philly's finest retail establishments, listening to one of the city's most celebrated musicians play some music.
That was the scene last night at the Mitchell & Ness party at their 12th and Chestnut flagship store where Questlove was DJing for a packed house.
And, apparently, an off-night with no responsibilities is a very welcomed occurrence for athletes too. A night after the Flyers won their home opener on Wednesday, a decent contingent of the orange and black came out for the party. Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, Wayne Simmonds, Max Talbot, and Scott Hartnell were all spotted enjoying Questlove's tunes on their night off. As Matt P. pointed out, the most acceptable Player Wearing Another Team's Gear sighting was JVR rocking an old school Hartford Whalers hat.
The Philadelphia Union were also well represented, with Sebastien Le Toux, Michael and Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp, and Danny Califf among the event's attendees.
There was a good mix of media and other Philly personalities, and the athletes were seemingly able to just hang out and not be bothered by too many requests for photos and the like. We certainly didn't want to bug them, although Matt ran into Califf for a moment while the two were waiting in line. Matt's impression was that Califf was incredibly nice, a sharp change from how he appears when contesting crosses into the box. Mild-mannered and enthusiastic about the opportunity to play soccer in Philly, Califf agreed that fans are pumped for the team's successes so far this year, but by no means content just yet. He seemed genuinely excited and appreciative to be playing in front of a demanding fanbase.
Overall though, despite sports being a general unifying theme of the popular Philly brand's party, it wasn't the focus of the night by any means. Sean McKinney, President of Mitchell & Ness, told us that might not have been the case had the Phillies been playing. The M&N team had plans for flat screens to be everywhere if the Phils were in the NLCS, which certainly would have been a great party as well.
But, with no Phillies to celebrate, this was still a fun night with some interesting people and great music.
Questlove photo by The700Level.com, Danny Califf photo by Mitchell & Ness