This used to be a ballpark… people came to. Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
BEST MOVE OF THE OFFSEASON!
Michael Klein of Philly.com reports that the Phillies will begin serving liquor and wine (don’t order wine at a baseball game, tool) at general concession stands this season:
But in a first this season, the Phillies and Aramark will sell cocktails and wine in the general concession areas at Citizens Bank Park. If you think that the idea of a “Phillies bar” is coming from somewhere out of left field – well, you’re correct. It will be located behind Section 142, expanding an existing beer bar. Wine and cocktails cannot be brought out to seats. The cocktail list has not been finalized.
Over-under on how long this lasts until horrific left field incident forces Phillies to backtrack: three weeks.
Liquor has always been available at the High & Inside Pub behind home in the second level (great underrated, temperature-controlled drinking spot that’s not too crowded except for during rain delays) and, as noted by Klein, non-Aramark restaurants, McFadden’s (which is its own planet), Harry The K’s, and premium seating areas. Now the mongrels in left will get their chance to spend $12 on a Bacardi and Sprite.
Klein, who says there will be a media event tonight to show off new foodstuffs*, also reports that Wayback Burgers will be available at various spots, and I can confirm that they are in fact awful cheeseburgers (if my experience at the one in Horsham is any indication). But the big kicker, and this is so money it doesn’t even know it, is that THE SOUTH PHILLY DOG will be getting a slight, call it, modification:
A South Philly Dog topped with roasted red peppers, sharp provolone and broccoli rabe will be sold at Section 134. (A previous South Philly Dog was offered with long hots rather than the peppers.)
Shut. It. Down. Most underrated food item as CBP, which, I think?, has come and gone from the menu over the last few years. Highly recommended.
*I know I take a lot of shots at the Phillies, but it baffles me how they don’t invite the city’s most-read sports blog, which focuses on exactly this sort of thing, or just blogs in general, to an event like this. It would be instant non-negative pub and maybe, just maybe, buy them some goodwill for like a week or something. PR 101. They do it so wrong it’s not even funny. All things and more young hearts and minds could learn as part of the CB Internship Program For Students Who Can’t Read Good and Want to Do Other Stuff Good Too.