Took the guys down to The Bank in Philly the other day for the Giants. Nice day. Day game. Giants going for the 4 game road sweep. And, we were regular patrons and not working the game with the Jackie Robinson statue. I’ve never had a bad time out at the game. The boys enjoyed the Phan Phun Zone, which is very similar, but a smidge better than the one in Washington.
My Phillies guy was shocked to see the whole family decked out in Giants stuff. He was awesome and turned up at our seats with some backpacks for the boys and 2 bobblehead Phanatics and a Phanatic DVD. It was really nice to get the treatment and I’m sure some folks in the section were like: “…what’s so special about Giant guy?”
It was fun talking to my guy and hearing some stories about his world–the Phillies. He was startled that morning because he saw Cole Hamels with a packed bag and thought, “trade”, and after he stuck it to the Giants, I was wishing the same thing. He also confirmed what I always thought, which was, that Hunter Pence was/is one of the nicest guys to ever get dressed. He was great with the programs and the kids stuff that they do down there and that is just nice to know. He is my current favorite ballplayer. The little things are the big things.
The Bank is a nice place. One of my favorites along with PNC and AT&T. I’d put it 3rd behind those two. Just. And the first row of the upper is a decent seat–like the old mezz in the Vet–you’re not that far up yet.
The Giants? It’s scary how much Pagan drove that offense. I’m not an Uggla guy. I want to see more Joe Panik out there but when Panik sprained his ankle, what choice did they have? I like Blanco higher up the lineup, but he only hits when down. Peavey? Well, if Uggla doesn’t kick one, he’s 3-3 there and that’s not bad. He could be a smart addition–time will tell. I think Cain is probably toast this year. So after Bum and Huddy, you are into some question marks. Love Vogey but he can take damage. I went from thinking they can’t lose to “will they make the playoffs?” Nothing more sickening than the Dodgers’ payroll, so you have to pull for them. I think besides Jeter-fatigue, I have Dodger-fatigue as well. The national guys love to bloviate about them and ignore the Giants. We’ll see. Pirates tonight. Joe Panik at 2nd. Bring it!