I have been busy with work the last little while, and part of that work involved a bit of travel. As expected, my internet connection has been unreliable at best and I haven't bothered trying to post on the blog, let alone maintain the post-a-day pace I kept up from January through March. Yesterday I had an unexpected half-day off, and got on board with a couple of friends to see Philadelphia. We saw the Liberty Bell, ran up the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, saw the Zoo, and attended an actual baseball game. While waiting in line to see the Liberty Bell (I thought it would be bigger), I had the sudden flash of inspiration to see if the Phillies were playing. As it turned out, they were at home against the Nationals, with Aaron Nola and Max Scherzer set to face off at 7:05 PM. To my surprise, my companions were open to the idea of attending a game, so after seeing the Zoo and the Rocky statue we went to the park a little early and got some seats with a decent view of the field.
The game wasn't that great, as the Nationals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and continued piling on runs en route to an 8-1 victory over the home team. There were plenty of good moments, though. I got to see Bryce Harper, one of the game's current best players, hit a home run. I got to see Max Scherzer, a Cy Young-winner, pitch a good game. Scherzer even helped out on offense, knocking in a couple of runs with an RBI double. The Phillies' lone run came on a Cameron Rupp home run, so I got to see them 'ring' that big lit-up bell in the background of my photo. The Phillie Phanatic's antics were fun to watch. The Philadelphia fans lived up to their reputation, soundly booing Harper and Jayson Werth every time they made an appearance. One guy in our section got a little too inappropriate with his Harper remarks and the staff invited him to leave. The guy clearly crossed the line, and it was good to see the staff keeping it under control. Most of the fans in our section were friendly and sociable, so that one jerk seemed to be the exception.
This was the first MLB game I've been able to attend since I went to an Astros-Reds game with my dad and my grandpa when I was 7 or so. It was a great experience, and I'm glad the Phillies happened to have a home game that lined up with my time off.