If you’ve been around here for a while, you may be familiar with my “Things that I Didn’t Know Were on My Bucket List” series. Even while depressed, I have to admit that my life is pretty sweet, and I have some great memories to show for it. While I don’t believe in having a “bucket list” per se, it’s safe to say that I’ve had plenty of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This time, I’m sharing the experiences that were sports-themed.
Okay, so I’ll be honest, they’re all about the Philadelphia Phillies.
I may not be the biggest baseball fan, but I definitely prefer baseball to any other sport, and I’m far more invested in baseball than any others. Plus, with the fact that they’re going to the world series this year, how could I pass up the opportunity to write about them?
Back when I was in high school, the Philadelphia Phillies won the world series, and I was super invested in the team for a few years. Seriously, I have several Phillies shirts from that time, multiple bobble heads, and a handful of Chase Utley posters (yeah, I was more of a Chase Utley fan than a Phillies fan…). My dad even changed his name in my phone to Chase Utley. Yes, I left it that way, and that’s still how he comes up in my phone.
Way back when the Phillies dream team featured Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jason Werth, and Shane “the flyin’ Hawaiian” Victorino, I did some pretty cool things…
Shane Victorino Foundation Fashion Show
The summer before my senior year of college, my dad scored tickets for the Shane Victorino Foundation Phillies fashion show where all of the players and their families dressed up and strode down the catwalk.
Exclusive party? Fashion? Phillies players? Sign me up!
My dad and I enjoyed an awesome night surrounded by some of our favorite baseball players of all time. I even got a picture with the flyin’ Hawaiian himself. Fun fact: he was always my late Gommy’s favorite player, and she actually had this picture framed in her living room!
Jimmy Rollins Annual BaseBowl Tournament
Speaking of fun, a few years before the fashion show, my dad got us into the Jimmy Rollins’ BaseBowl tournament. Once again, combining multiple things I loved: bowling and the Phillies. My dad couldn’t help but smile (and probably cringe slightly) at my audacity when Jimmy Rollins came around to our lane to say hi and I asked him for a hug. Fun fact: he said yes!
And no, I didn’t just rock the scarf belt, I invented the scarf belt…
World Series Game
I was a sophomore in high school when the Phillies went to the world series back in 2008. I had kept up with the Phillies religiously that year, so I was thrilled to see our Fightin’ Phils advance to the biggest baseball games of the year. We were lucky enough to go and see one of the games and I was pumped!
In case you didn’t already know this, Philly fans are WILD. Between cheering so loudly that you lose your voice when the Phillies play well to the players hyping up the fans to the personal attacks levied against players of the opposing team, the atmosphere is always electric…and rather mob-like.
Even with that amazing energy, the weather made it a bit challenging to enjoy it fully. The game was delayed for hours, and we sat in the freezing rain watching the game until the wee hours of the morning. As much as I love baseball, after all of the waiting and shivering, all I could think about was crawling into my warm bed. The fact that the Phillies won made up for that, of course.
The Morning After the World Series
So this memory had to come last not only because it’s about the Phillies winning the world series, but because it’s my absolute favorite. The Phillies won the world series on October 29, 2008. It was a Wednesday night (I just looked that up), so I had school the next day and my dad had work. But there was no way we were going to either without some swag.
My dad and I went out early in the morning in search of some Philadelphia Phillies world series merch. Much like “spontaneous nighttime adventure magic,” this was like “spontaneous early morning adventure magic.” Despite the early hour, we were giddy with the excitement of getting swag to celebrate such a memorable win.
After scouring for places that were open that early in the morning and places that were carrying world series merch (that weren’t already out!), we ended up at Forman Mills. We left the store with awesome t-shirts to wear that day and a fun story to tell.
Here’s to hoping we get to do it again this year!