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Baseball: They’re Still Playing?

October 15, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Every so often this month I realize the baseball season is still going on. I’ve watched so little postseason baseball this year, thanks to my obsession with the election. After watching tonight’s presidential debate and some of the post-debate coverage, I realized that if I didn’t turn on the Phillies-Dodgers game, I ran the risk of missing the entire National League Championship Series. The Phillies led 3 game to 1 going into tonight’s game, and another Phillies victory would end the series, with the Phillies moving on to the World Series.

I made it. Just in time. I turned on the game in the top of the 9th, with the Phillies at bat and leading the game 5-1. That’s how the game ended. The Phillies go to their 6th World Series. (The others were in 1915, 1950, 1980, 1983, and 1993.)

Five years ago, we made an overnight trip to Philadelphia from New York to see the Phillies play in Veterans Stadium during its last season. This is one of several trips we made to cities to see baseball stadiums in their final seasons. We went to Detroit in 1999 to see the Tigers in historic Tiger Stadium, to Milwaukee in 2000 to see the Brewers in County Stadium, to Montreal in 2002 to see the Expos in Olympic Stadium. (But the Expos held on one more year in Montreal before moving to Washington, D.C., so we were premature.) Some of the Phillies stars of today were on that 2003 team, so I feel some connection to the new National League Champions.

We took a few photos that night. Here’s one:

The Phillie Phanatic, Veterans Stadium, August 2003

The Phillie Phanatic, Veterans Stadium, August 2003

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