Driving down Broad Street in South Philly today, you almost forget about the giant eyesore where you spent so many wonderful Sundays. Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field now host the games we give our hearts to. All it takes is a glimpse of a picture, a snippet of video, or the smell of a toilet to spark the memories you have of the old ball park. I attended the second to last Phillies game there and also attended the second to last Eagles game there. I had tickets to the final Birds game at the Vet, but had to be in Boston for that whole college thing. It turned out to be a decent game to skip.
My first memory of the Vet is, of course, not of a game itself, but rather a fight between an extremely overweight Giant fan and an Eagles fan of similar stature. The Giants fan was so drunk while getting pummeled that his pants fell to his ankles. That's comedy central for a young kid. I recall vividly the playoff game where the Birds pounded my all time favorite football player, Barry Sanders and the Detroit Lions. I recall fondly the days when Mr. Tolomeo would throw us in the back of his pick up and sneak us in to sit up in the 700 level for Phillies games. Going over the I-95 bridge in the back of a truck was a truly frightening experience as a kid.
Here's to the Vet, and, of course, to the original 700 level.
Leave it up to the shitty Mayor of Philly to botch this one up.
The final seventh inning stretch after the jump.
and a glimpse of how it used to be:
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.