I was a co-owner of season tickets at the Vet from 1983-1993. The tickets have been in my name since 1993. Even before this, I went to almost every game from 1969-1977. I worked as a vendor at Connie Mack Stadium and Veterans Stadium for many years, selling programs, sodas, beer, etc.
Chase Utley because he is incredibly talented and unusually smart. He seems to know the game better than anyone. I still remember him faking a throw to first and then throwing home instead to get the lead runner in a World Series game! Of course, I still love to watch Ryan Howard. Although he has been injured for the past few seasons, when he is in the lineup, he is a game-changer.
Mike Schmidt - never seen a better fielder and his power was unbelievable. Phillies fans did not appreciate how good he was until late in his career. When I was a young fan, Robin Roberts was my favorite. We used to write to him each year (at the stadium or his home in Meadowbrook, PA) and he would send back an autographed picture of himself.
That's a tough one. I have seen so many remarkable events. I was at Game 6 (with my dad, my brothers and my cousins) when the Phillies won the World Series in 1980. I was sitting behind home plate with my son Lonn when the Phillies won the pennant in 1993. And I was able to go to the final few innings when they won the World Series in 2008. I was at the last game at Connie Mack Stadium with all my brothers and cousins. I was at the final game at Veterans Stadium and the first game at Citizens Bank Park. I was also lucky enough to be at the game when Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter in the playoffs. And I watched Jim Bunning pitch a perfect game on a black and white TV. I have lots of great memories.
I think of all the single moments I have witnessed, I would rank the final pitch of the World Series in 2008 as the best. The scene of Brad Lidge and Carlos Ruiz embracing is one of the all time Philadelphia sports moments. I was lucky to get this photograph autographed by Ruiz and Lidge at one of the Phillies Phestival autograph parties.
Bull's BBQ - It is still nice to see the Bull (Luzinski) at each game. The younger generation does not know how good he was.
"Beginnings" by Chicago Transit Authority.
First base, I have a terrible arm.
It is a warm, intimate place to watch a game. Every seat is a good one, and even when they lose, it is still a great place to spend an evening and watching the fans on the big screen is always entertaining.
Guaranteed tickets to the postseason. We have had some awfully good years and it was fun to go the playoffs 5 straight seasons.
I have caught a few in left field- batting practice! I missed one foul ball at my seats behind home plate and yes, I was booed for this. My friend Dave has caught a couple sitting next to me, but he always has his glove.
Cole Hamels. He is still a dominant pitcher and one of the best in the league. He is the one I would want on the mound when the pressure is intense.
It was 1958, and I was 6 years old. Robin Roberts was the starting pitcher. We only went to the game if Roberts was pitching. I still have the ticket- no date on it, but it only cost 75 cents for general admission. (see photo) My seats in Section 123 now cost a bit more.
The Whitey and Harry bobblehead.
Jimmy Rollins. I love his interviews. He still seems to be having fun, and seems to know how lucky he is to be playing this game.
I have been to several stadiums, but I only saw the Phillies play at Dodger stadium, Shea Stadium and the Astrodome (1974). I was sitting behind the Phillies dugout at that game in Houston and Jay Johnstone gave me his broken bat as he walked back to the dugout.
Helmet sundaes in the 4th or 5th inning! This is a longstanding tradition at every game.
We have been going with a group of friends to the Fireworks game every year for more than 20 years. I remember when our kids were allowed to run on the field at Veterans Stadium before the fireworks show. Now the kids are grown, but the adults still go to this game each year. We always walk to Oregon Ave get water ice after the game - another tradition.