When you start a website with your old college roommate from Houston it’s tough to get together to watch a ballgame. Fortunately Ballpark Nerd CTO Zach Daenzer has Leadership Training in Baltimore this week and made it up North a few days early for a visit. We brought along Ballpark Nerd in Training Griffin to Citizens Bank Park for a match-up between the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies.
Taking a 4 year old to a Ballpark can be a challenge. Last season Griffin and I attended an October doubleheader at Citizens Bank. It felt like we had the Ballpark to ourselves. Griffin made it through the first game and six innings of the second before I called it a night. After attending those games I felt that a combination of a sunny day, with some Crab Fries, ice cream and the Phillies Hot Wheels cars I bought would keep him occupied throughout 9 innings.
The Phillies were coming off a Friday night win to snap a 7 game losing streak. Brewers SS Jonathan Villar opened the scoring with a lead off home run in the first, but the Phillies would soon take the lead on 2nd inning home runs by Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez. With the score 3-1 the Brewers chipped away to tie it up at 3 through the 8th inning. Phillies bullpen stalwart Hector Neris would surrender a tie breaking solo home run to Domingo Santana in the 8th. Dan O’Connor favorite Scooter Gennett would add a 2 RBI single in the 9th to put the game out of reach. Brewer 6 Phillies 3 in front of 25,177 fans.
I am sad to report that during the game Griffin ran down why the Phillie Phanatic is a better mascot than Mr. Met and why Citzens Bank Park is nicer than Citi Field. Being a Mets fan this was pretty funny. Apparently he likes the landscaping in Center Field, the opportunity to eat Crab Fries and it’s easier to move around the Ballpark. We are headed to Citi Field in a few weeks. I can’t wait to try and sway him to the Orange and Blue. And yes, that is a Phillies hat I am wearing. I am not going to be the guy who wears paraphernalia from a team who is not playing.