Take Me Out to the Ballgame . . . .

Part one of a Four Part Series – 

Want to know where to find America’s favorite pastime song?  How about here?  http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics.  We thought it would be fun to feature a few baseball teams, their historic and storied pasts, a little trivia and stats, and just make baseball a key feature for the month of July.  After all; when you think of summer you think of the beach, hot dogs and baseball! 

This will be a collaborative effort where various contributors (shown on our blog) will give their take on their favorite team and ballpark.  So, without further adieu, I’ve asked Frank S. to tell us a little about the Philadelphia Phillies, which by the way is “the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, dating as far back as 1883.”

Philadelphia, PA - Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium) - Flickr Photo by CollegiateLiving.com

“While the Phillies have evolved from the Philadelphia Quakers, there is some dispute as to the origins of the Quakers. While the local convention is that the Worcester, Massachusetts, Ruby Legs were lured to Philadelphia in 1882 by Alfred Reach, then owner of Recreation Park, to become the Quakers, there is no available evidence of this. The more likely scenario is that, following the Ruby Legs being dropped from the league due to low attendance, the Quakers took their place. One clue to this is that no players from the Ruby Legs ended up with the Quakers. 

Recreation Park didn’t last long as the Philadelphia Quakers venue. The Quakers, now known as the Phillies, moved into the Baker Bowl in 1887. Since then, they have played in Connie Mack Stadium, Veterans Stadium (The Vet), and now call Citizens Bank Park, home

Over the course of franchise history, they have won the NL East Division title (9) times, most recently in 2009, won the National League Pennant (7) times, most recently in 2009, and have won the World Series twice, most recently in 2008. Since 2004, then newly promoted Manager Charlie Manual, has lead the team to (3) NL East Division titles, (2) National League Pennants, and the 2008 World Series title. 

Home of the Phillies, Citizen Bank Park - Flickr Photo by ChickPhilA

When visiting Philadelphia, be sure to visit Citizen’s Bank Park, and catch a Phillies game. With back-to-back trips to the World Series in 2008 and 2009, and a World Championship in 2008, the Philadelphia Phillies have given, even the notoriously brutal, Philadelphia sports fans, plenty of reason to be proud. Injuries have plagued the team during the first half of the season, and have contributed to their 3rd place standing. However, the team, known for its second-half performance, is set to see the return of its key players in the coming weeks, and have gone into the All-Star break with a morale boosting four game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.”  For the Phillies schedule, click here: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/schedule

The Philadelphia Phillies Mascot, Phillie Phanatic - Flickr Photo by Terren in Virginia

 A little side note: Philadelphia fans have been known to be fanatics about their baseball, so in 1978, a feathery, green creature from the Galapagos Islands made  his Major League debut: the Phillie Phanatic!  Listen to what USA Today had to say about the Phanatic . . . .”From the top of his neon-green head to the tip of his bubble-toed size 20 shoes, the Phillie Phanatic is every inch the best mascot in the business. He’s as much Philadelphia as cheesesteaks, the Liberty Bell, and Rocky Balboa. Yo, Adrian, I love dat green guy!”  and  Chris Berman, from ESPN, said “The Phanatic is, and always has been, wholesome fun for fans of all ages. His success, like baseball itself, has withstood the test of time!” 

Why not take the family to Philadelphia for the weekend, catch a Phillies game, then treat the kids to the world famous Philadelphia Zoo.  History buffs will appreciate the Franklin Institute, where it is currently featuring an exhibit titled Cleopatra: the search for the last queen of Egypt, or perhaps a visit to Independence National Historic Park where early America comes to life where you can see the Liberty Bell, and stand in Independence Hall where the United States Constitution was created. 

(Philadelphia, PA) Sesame Place - Flickr Photo by Stev.ie

If you’re not into history, then Sesame Place might be for you, especially if you have younger children.  You can celebrate all season long in 2010 as it is the 30th birthday of Sesame Place, “the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show Sesame Street.”  To learn more about their activities visit their website here: www.sesameplace.com/ 

Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love has something for the whole family, including baseball and their world famous Philly Cheese Steak sandwich.  To learn more, check out this website http://www.hellophiladelphia.com

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