Last night, the Beloved and I took in a ballgame at Petco Park to see the visiting World Champion Philadelphia Phillies (I never really get tired of saying that or typing that…) taking on the hometown Padres.
Now, I don’t usually mind the Padres and enjoy going to the park to see a game and will usually root for them, but last night I was bedecked in my Phillies gear (as were a LOT of people) to cheer on the Fightins. In fact, the stadium was pretty empty – in our section (which were pretty good seats…) there were seven people. Four were cheering for the Phils.
They Powers That Be must have known there’d be a strong contingent of Phans there, because they Phillie Phanatic even made an appearance.
They showed why they are one of the best hitting teams in baseball – jumping on a variety of Padre pitchers, clobbering their way to a 10-1 lead — and scoring in more innings than they did not. RF Raul Ibanez went 3-for-5 with a double, 2 HRs and 5 RBIs on his 37th birthday. In fact, the only blemish was a 4-run hemorrhage by demoted-starter-now-reliever Chan Ho Park in the 7th.
All in all a great night.