Let’s set the scene: I was nine-years-old and starting the fourth grade. It was September 24th, 1992, the Phillies were playing the Cubs. For – at least – the third year in a row, my family had a 16-game plan to the Vet. I had a spelling test the next day.
After Ruben Amaro made an out to end the 7th inning (look it up), we decided to leave. After all, my Dad wanted me to start the big fourth grade (…) off on the right foot. It was one of the few times (still is) that we left a game early.
Over the course of the next three innings (went 10), we would miss the following: Juan Bell’s inside-the-park home run, Dave Hollins charging the mound, and Ricky Jordan hitting a walk-off single. A classic Premature Ejectulation if there ever was one.
Even at the ripe (easy, ladies), young age of nine, thanks to watching Bob Dernier’s walk-off version (still for my money Harry's greatest call ever) on a constant loop, I was always fascinated with the inside-the-parker. And fights. I love fights, too. Needless to say, I was crushed – angry – that we left. This is why I never (ok, very rarely) leave games early. You never know what might happen.
Well, fast-forward 19 years. I’ve seen – in person – an All-Star game (’96), two no-hitters (Mulholland and Doc), three World Series, a pennant clincher (’09), at least two cycles (Gregg Jefferies and Alex Ochoa), someone steal home (Jayson Werth), a Stanley Cup Finals game (’97), a host of NBA and NFL games (including division clinchers and playoffs), my team clinch a Final Four birth on a buzzer beater (Scottie Reynolds), and a myriad other incredible sports moments. Hell, I updated the Phillies webpage the night they won the World Series.
Still no inside-the-park home run or bench-clearing brawl. And I dnt splel god, ehtier.
Last night, sitting with my Dad in our season ticket seats, I watched Chase Utley take care of one of those. He is the man.
Here’s video of Chase’s inside-the-park home run and Chase calling Wheels “Muff” after the game. Here's Scott Franzke's call.
Shane Victorino with the Superfly Jimmy Snuka, who sat in the press box for most of the game… next to Paul Hagen. I just imagine that scene in Beetlejuice where Michael Keaton sat next to the reserved guy with the weird head. Hmm… this one:
Jim Salisbury thinks Amaro needs to make a move.
The Phillies are interested in Carlos Quentin.
Joe Blanton is unlikely to return this year and other mostly inconsequential tidbits.
The Pirates and, in turn, Phillies got absolutely jobbed last night.
And finally, hipsters at baseball games:
Thanks to (@TheLink222) for the pic.