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Watch Comcast's original report on the Vet demolition 10 years ago today

Watch Comcast's original report on the Vet demolition 10 years ago today

I can't remember where I was the day the Vet came down. All I can recall is that I was out of town and therefore unable to make it down to South Philly to watch the 700 level meet its end. Maybe I was a little disappointed for missing out on the destruction of Veterans Stadium in person, though to be honest, probably not.

It was ten years ago today that Mayor John Street and the Phillie Phanatic blew Veterans Stadium to the ground. Now we've got Citizens Bank Park and the Linc across the street.

Sure, there's probably a small part of all of us that miss the place. Not for the sightlines or amenities, but for the memories. A lot of us probably saw our first sporting event there, probably taken along to a game with your dad and an uncle, being wowed at the size of the place and the excitement inside it. And then remember being annoyed for having to walk up so many damn ramps.

Pretty sure the Vet is where I learned what stale beer and drunk people smelled like.

I even played quarterback for a CYO game in the seventh grade at the Vet. There was a great photo of me alone on the turf from like 100 yards away. I don't know if that still exists.

I remember the first time I saw a fight between an Eagles fan and a Redskins fan and the one guy was so fat that his pants fell down while he was fighting. My dad made fun of him, if I remember correctly. I remember sitting up in the 700 level for Phillies games as my friend Jimmy's dad worked as an usher. Freebies all day. I remember Barry Sanders getting tore up in the playoffs and I remember the final Birds playoff push at the Vet. I remember seeing the Rolling Stones there. I remember a lot.

The Vet is gone. I can't say I miss it all that much. We've still got the memories.

And I'm happy The 700 Level lives on.

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
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Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

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J.P. Crawford on critics: 'I'm just trying to shut them up'

J.P. Crawford on critics: 'I'm just trying to shut them up'

J.P. Crawford doesn't have anything to say.

But he is hungry to stop others from talking.

Crawford is fully aware of some national minor-league baseball experts souring on his major-league potential. Earlier this month, it happened twice. On the At the Yard podcast by CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, Baseball America editor John Manuel said he no longer viewed Crawford as an "impact player." And ESPN's Keith Law wrote that he had "nothing but negative reports on him from scouts and execs."

Since then, Crawford has started to look like the Phillies' top prospect, which many deemed him as entering the 2017 season.

A little motivated by the critics?

"Yeah, definitely, the haters out there, all of us are going to read stuff on social media and what not," Crawford said Thursday on CSN's Philly Sports Talk. "I'm just trying to shut them up."

The 22-year-old shortstop prospect is doing his part, hitting .316 with four home runs, three doubles, two triples, 12 RBIs and 15 runs scored in 15 games since July 9. Dating back to May 25, Crawford has raised his batting average from .175 to .229, while walking as many times as he has struck out (33). His hot stretch through July even saw him hit an inside-the-park grand slam on Wednesday night.

"You don't really see that too often, practically ever," Crawford said. "Just to clear the bases and help my team win a game, that's always the best feeling."

A good feeling for Crawford is being comfortable in the box instead of complicating his mindset and approach, which he admitted was the result of his early funk.

"Especially when you're not doing so well, you're always thinking about something, like where your hands should be or timing, this and that, instead of just having fun out there," Crawford said.

"I was scuffling around the first couple months, and this month, just got comfortable again, try not to do too much — just be myself.

"Go out here every day and try to get better in someway — swinging-wise, defensively, I just try to get better every day and help my team win that night."

The victories are piling as the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs are 64-41 and 35-18 at Coca-Cola Park, where Crawford is slowing becoming a must-see attraction again.