This past Sunday we had the good fortune to attend a Phillies baseball game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The three of us had never been to the "Bank" as apparently it is called, and the monkey boy had never been to a baseball game before, so we were all very excited. Decked out in our Phillies tee shirts (mine borrowed from a friend because, well, why would I own one?) we arrived at the stadium complex and discovered that there was so much more to do at there than just watch the game! Outside the stadium was a row of vendors giving away free things, like bags of Wonderful Pistachios and cups of Turkey Hill ice cream. The little guy was more than happy to enjoy ice cream at 11:30 in the morning!
My husband received our tickets from someone at work, so when we realized that they were seats in the Diamond Club, we were thrilled. We didn't know what to expect, but when we figured it out, Wow! Not only were our seats great, behind home plate on the third base side, but we had access to the "Diamond Club" which was an air conditioned lounge/bar/restaurant. It was wonderful being able to take a break from the sun and heat and sit indoors for a bit. They had the game on tvs there as well as the women's soccer game. Everyone was really friendly to us and doted on the monkey boy. He got his "first game" certificate and one of the staff gave him a little Phanatic figurine as a souvenir. He also enjoyed more ice cream, but in a Phillies cap this time. It was tasty after being so hot. We found a playground in the stadium, the Phanatic Fun Zone, that he had a blast climbing on. We walked around the entire stadium prior to the game and were amazed at how much is there. It really was beautiful! We watched a bit of the practice and warmup of the pitchers in the bullpen. Oh, and we watched the game too! The little guy and I wandered around a lot, as it was a long game. He seemed to enjoy it and took in all that there was to do. He finally was able to get his long awaited foam finger. Months ago we read a Curious George book about baseball and he must have seen someone with a foam finger in the book because that is all he kept asking us for months. After having no luck finding a Phillies one in the local stores (it was off-season) I found a generic red one at a party store. Well, now he has the authentic and classic Phillies one! He was really excited that now he has one for each hand. It's the little things that excite him!
The Phillies won the game, 14-1, against the Braves, which according to my husband was meaningful. It was a great game to see, since it was so high scoring. At least that is the impression I got from his feedback! (I'm so not a sports fan!) We did get to see one home run, so we saw the Liberty Bell lighted sign "ring" although in bright sunlight it did not have the same effect as if it were an evening game.