5.27.2010

Red Sox vs. Phillies

Before moving to Pennsylvania, many people asked me why Philly is our favorite city. I could never put it into words. I don't want to be sacrilegious, but I thought of it like a testimony. I knew it was true but sometimes it was tricky to explain. Well, friends, I have figured it out. Philly has an awesome culture and spirit. Everyone is always outside roaming the streets and talking to complete strangers. It is an older city and has the historic sites (Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, etc.). It has old buildings (City Hall, Masonic Temple, etc.). It was the first capitol of the United States. It has the food culture (Pat's vs. Geno's Philly Cheese Steaks, water ice, hoagies, soft pretzels). Tons of movies have been filmed here and posters of them line the halls of the Philadelphia airport (The Sixth Sense, Rocky, The Age of Innocence). Tons of famous people are from Philadelphia (Bill Cosby, Bob Saget, Richard Gere, Kevin Bacon, Will Smith, Tara Lipinski). Kobe Bryant was also born here which would make us like it a little less except Kobe trash-talked Philly so everyone hates him. The Philadelphia Zoo was America's first zoo. University of Pennsylvania is in Philly and we love our Ivy League rivals. We have both been singing about Philly since we were wee ones ("In west Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground where I spent most of my days..."). See? How could you not love Philadelphia?

We went to a Red Sox-Phillies game the day after we moved to Allentown. We had great seats, too! We were seventh row right on the first base line. Sam got a lot of grief for his Red Sox shirt and hat. Luckily Alex was super cute in his Red Sox onesie and the hecklers let us go most of the time.

Unfortunately, the Red Sox lost that night (1-5). They won the next two games of the weekend series though. While walking to our car, a Phillies fan patted Sam on the back and said, "Better luck next time." Sam responded, "Yeah, tomorrow." Then the guy said, "That's... that's not what I meant." I bet he was thinking about Sam when the Red Sox killed the Phillies the next night (5-0), and the next night (8-3). Sam likes to think of both teams as his now. He claims the Red Sox as his American League team and the Phillies as his National League team.

1 comment:

Jake and Becky Veigel Family said...

Yeah! It's great you were brave enough to cheer for the opposing team. But we're with you--Go Red Sox!! B

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