Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Good Times

The Vet was a massive eye-sore of steel that was rat infested had no character and oozed with mediocrity...not quite. The Vet was fricken awesome! Citizens Bank Park may be more pleasing aesthetically, has better viewing angles to the field, and tastier yum-yums, but it pales in comparison to the Vet. I miss the Vet. Fellow blogger, Corey, really stirred up some good time memories that I had at park back in the day. First off, tickets were a whole lot cheaper, and that's a good thing because I'm cheap. Secondly, the place was huge and could pack in nearly 60,000 fans on a bobblehead give-away, for tributes of past teams/players, or when those f'n Yankees came to town. Other great features were doubleheaders that didn't cost you 2 tickets. I remember cashing in on doublheaders all the time, getting 2 games for the price of 1. Now a days, doubleheaders are day/night where 2 tickets are needed to make more revenue. The Vet also had an angry feel to it, not happy and gay like the CIT...as Phillies fans and readers of this blog you know we're typically mad at something. The place wasn't very pleasing to the eye, but I'm there to watch the damn game not drool over the architecture. The Vet was where I saw my 1st professional baseball game. It is where I almost got booted from a mid-April freezing cold doubleheader in which only about 1,000 total fans were in attendance for yelling at the homeplate umpire on a botched call (Abreu was still safe!). The Vet is where I remember sitting in the 700 section as a young teenager on a hot summer's day and watching a fine looking female proceed to take off her shirt revealing a skimpy bikini top...those are irreplaceable memories my friends!

So, I pose to you, what is your favorite Veterans Stadium memory?

~Carson

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Update- November 2, 2006

Did I go to far?

When I say something politically incorrect I really mean no disrespect to the nationality, race, gender, intellectual capacity, religion, sexual preference or disability I'm making the comment about. I am doing it all for a laugh with no ill will and disgrace intended. I am not purposefully trying to offend anyone. I am sorry if I do offend you. I'm also sorry that you don't find my style of humor funny, but at the same time I respect your feelings. If you're taking my joking remarks seriously then please take this time to now understand I'm am merely joking. This world is becoming super sensitive to just about anything that can be considered objectionable. It's all said in jest my friends. With all that said in defense of myself, I am embarrassed that I have typed some of the stuff I have. I truly am sorry for offending anyone, and will tone it down in the future.

~Carson

22 comments:

BenJah said...

i remember $8 gen admission tix. i remember lounging in the 700 level, blazing up along the upper upper concourse. i remember less security! i remember leaving a game against the dodgers w/ 1 out in the ninth and the phillies ahead by 2...then listening to the end of the inning on the radio; i was cruising up broad steet when sean green hit a 2 run homer; i remember watching the next 5 extra innings on tv!

GM-Carson said...

I remember when a fly ball to left field wasn't a cheap homerun.

I do like the new park though. Seats are roomier and better view, but I miss the Vet.

~Carson

fans said...

I remember the cheap tickets (would go several times a year with my dad) and being able to bring in our own food & drinks.

I also remember how tired we were walking all the way up to the 700 level and having to deal with everyone smoking around us.

GM-Carson said...

damn carson, anti-japanese and anti-semetic comments and it is only wednesday. can't wait to see what group of people you disparage in the phlashback...

i have so many vet memories it could be a blog itself...when i remember them...

corey

Bob D said...

In the 80's as a teen I remember going to 2 games a week apart and seeing Carlton pitch into the 10th inning both times. Now adays that may happen once in 3 years.

Also in the 90's I went to one of those doubleheaders at 5PM (1price) and leaving after 5AM the next day. It was the longest DH in baseball history due to rain delays and extra innings. I believe it was the Padres it was against. Anyone else there for that? It may have been 94, 95, or 96 it happened.

Bob D said...

Oh yeah, 1996 vs Mets in Septemeber: The Mets needing only 1 win to clinch the division title and they lost all 3 to the Phils. But I remember the Friday game the stopped playing as they watched the riots in the upper deck. They were started by a Mets fan as he ripped a Phillies banner from some guys hand then punched him. From there it escallated to a riot (a good 100+). That was a bad memory with many thrown out or arrested and quite a few injured.
Since '86 my dislike for the Mets (at least fanwise) was started.

das411 said...

Ahhh the Vet, where to begin? The hazy hazy memories of a Phils/Astros game in late Sept '93 that all I remember was how friggin' hot it was in the sun...the first time I tried to keep a scorecard, getting there an inning late with the family, sitting up in the 700s next to an entire section of Japanese (no comment) media there to cheer on their boy Nomo, who promptly got pounded to the tune of a Gregg Jefferies cycle and Jeff Juden grand slam...up in the 600 level in LF during the '96 home run derby, when two dudes named McGwire and Bonds played "ok can you hit it THIS far"...the day Schilling struck out 17 Yankees while we watched from the restaurant and got my Dad's name up on the Phanavision for his birthday...the Padres doubleheader in 01 when Brandon Duckworth got to face Tony Gwynn and The Rickey...the 2-HR game vs the Reds from Johnny Estrada, back in 02 when he was The Next Carlos Ruiz...the day I talked my bro and two buds into cutting school to hit up the last Vet opening day in 03, and Thome launched that triple and the place damn near exploded, followed by some dude literally rolling down from above us, onto our row of seats, and then down (hopefully) to the concourse...my sister leaving the Phanatic's bday game early because she had already gotten her giveaway Phanatic bank, and the rest of that game turning out to be Millwood's no-no...a once-in-a-lifetime game when the bro and I bought cheapo 700 tix and stood behind home plate for 7 innings of Pedro, two Thome HRs, and a Todd Pratt walk-off in the 12th...and of course the last game we ever saw there, second-to-last on the sched but the only one tix were available for, when Smoltz actually blew one in the 9th and the bro and I then walked all the way up to the top ring of portals to see the rapidly-rising CBP next door...lots of memories were made in that place, and I still have my Vet rocks somewhere at home to bring 'em back every once in a while...

GM-Carson said...

Das411- dude those are some great memories. Thanks for sharing them with us. I remember watching the Millwood no-no at home because I was sick. I planned on attending the game, but couldn't do it. I also remember that Pratt walk-off, I went nucking-futs!

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

Great news Phillies fans- Jose "Joe Table" Mesa just was granted free agency by the Colorado Rockies after they declined his 2007 option...now we can sign him for the bullpen and essentially secure a playoff spot!

*just joking

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

Wow, I really need to check myself. I personally have no problem making fun of anybody or anything, because that's my style, that's who I am. But I have to admit I am ashamed for some of the garbage I've been typing on this blog. I know some of you find the stuff funny, as do I. But some of the stuff should be kept to saying only in front of friends and not be meant for public display. I feel silly and stupid right now, like a weak little man. I apologize to everyone, really.

~Carson

kateykakes said...

First off, tickets were a whole lot cheaper, and that's a good thing because I'm cheap.

So I guess we won't be going out anytime soon, eh? :p

Carson,

I wouldn't worry about being politically correct. This is YOUR blog. If others don't like it, screw it, they don't have to read here. Everyone's so worried about hurting everyone else's feelings.

Be YOURSELF and have fun here.

I, for one, think you're a blast.

BenJah said...

yeah, i like reading these memories!

as for the 'joking': i mean, it is YOUR blog. i'm not going to say that i've never been offended, for myself or for others, but if i didn't like the blog, i wouldn't read it. as herbie hancock said: hang up your hangups!

BenJah said...

wow, same comment at the same time! great minds think alike! and so do ours.

GM-Carson said...

Benjah & Kateykakes- thank you so much for you support. I usually don't care about being politically correct, because I consider that to be bland an unfunny. Sometimes, I think I push the envelope too far and for that I feel silly.

The reason for that edit/update on this post was because of some emails I got over the last few months and someone close to me that I also offended.

I'll try to continue to be myself, which I believe to be funny, but calming it down a notch won't hurt.

~Carson

Los said...

I liked the Vet ... up until I went to Camden Yards to see a baseball game ... then the Vet seemed like a parking lot where pick-up games would be played.

And, I bet the Phils would've put in the day/night double header with or without the Vet.

But, it does hold some great memories for me - going to the 4th of July games with my dad, and changing "Let's Go Flyers" chants when the Phils sucked.

BENTZ said...

Vet memories - so many - the first game I ever saw vs. St. Louis which went 16 innings and I watched the ending at home eating lasagna...Mike Maddux facing (and beating) his brother Greg and the Cubs...leaving a game walking down the ramps and hearing Wayne Gretzky got traded to LA...60,000+ at a Saturday "Game of the Week" vs. Atlanta in '93 in what turned out to be a playoff preview...Mike Piazza getting 8 RBI in a Sunday night game when he was with LA...Darren Daulton getting hurt against Florida...watching Jose Mesa blow a Labor Day game against the Mets in '01 that killed us in the divisional race...getting into a Phils-Braves game for free with upgrade tickets handed to us by the ballgirls outside the stadium when we didn't have other tickets - and staying only 4 innings and heading to Pat's after a 2 hour rain delay...sitting in the ExxonMobil box seats in '02 for a Phils-Brewers game bought in the parking lot for $15 and Brett Myers taking a shut-out to the 9th...sweeping Oakland in a DH in 2003...and, though I wasn't there, my personal favorite - the Marlins series (at home) in '03 when the Phils took 2 out of 3 (forget the eventual ending) and sitting in my Tuesday night class held in a computer lab senior year of college - and thrusting a fist into the air when Thome hit a grand slam and being able to ask my professor a question about class when I was mistakenly called on - and then the hurricane game 2 days later with Thome's homer in the 8th giving them the lead...and, finally, the mid-March day in college when 10 of us got up at 7 AM to watch the implosion...wow...

BENTZ said...

One more - the free tickets on the back of packages of Phillies franks!!

voice of reason said...

My now 8-yr-old son's first game in 1998 when the Phils scored 7 runs in the ninth to win 8-7, capped off by Lieby's PH walk-off 3R dinger.


No offense taken Carson. Your blog goes into the category: "Nothing personal, I try to offend everyone!!"

Keep up the good work!

BTW, heard any good (fill in the blank) jokes lately?

GM-Carson said...

Thanks to all for sharing lovely Vet memories.

I've always considered myself an "equal opportunity hater" where as anything is fair game for me. But I need to be honest right now, and honestly I feel a bit ashamed for my irresponsible behavior.

~Carson

BenJah said...

ashamed! that's wonderful! so you DO have a conscience...word

das411 said...

Carson dude, I have no idea what I missed with this whole apology business, but from where I'm lurkin just keep doing what you are doing! I've been lurkin here since over the summer and have not seen anything offensive. This blog is sooo much fun to read, especially after hitting up all those asshole stathead ones, so keep it up, your loyal readers are still here!

...I would kinda like to see Joe Table back here though, he would be cheaper and marginally more reliable in the 8th inning than Rhodes was and if Flash gets injured (*coughtradedcough*) then Jose can step in and add to his team-record saves total!!

Bentz: haha it might be worth another year here at PSU just to pull off that trick in the comp lab. I think I was at a game when Dutch hurt himself too, but I really cant remember if it was vs the Marlins or I want to say the Mets or...wait, how many knee injuries did he have??

GM-Carson said...

You can't keep a good man down, and I am a good man. My wife, my best friend Corey, and our loyal readers have convinced me to keeping blogging with enthusiasm and fiery wit...have no fear, I'm going nowhere mother f**kers!

~Carson