So Saturday night is Autism Awareness night at Citizens Bank Park. We were thinking about taking our daughter and discussed it for a few weeks.
As a lifelong Phillies fan it has always been my dream to take my daughter to her first Phillies game. Maybe she could see the Phanatic and go home and sleep with her Phanatic doll instead of the stinky dog she has slept with for the last few years. We could get her a hot dog (which she wouldn’t eat) and a cotton candy.
Emma knows the Phillies. She knows it is on our TV every night during the season. She would probably recognize the field from all the times Caillou has been vetoed and we have turned on baseball.
Ultimately, we decided not to go. We were fearful the large crowd and cheers when the Phillies did well might lead her to meltdown.
Maybe we were wrong.
The stadium is less than half full. The Phillies offense has brought little to no cheers. Perhaps this Autism Awareness Night would have been the perfect night to take her to her first game.
It is kind of sad. Having attended many Phillies games in my life I am certain they will go out of their way to make it a fun night for all fans who attend the game and take extra care to assure those there for Autism Awareness Night have everything they need.
I doubt we will but maybe it is time to consider getting walk up tickets for the game.
What’s the worst that could happen? She may go home wondering why fans in the stands started chanting E.A.G.L.E.S. EAGLES!!!
On a related note I can’t stop thinking about how my son wore a hand me down Victorino shirt on opening day. My favorite Phillies player is Cole Hamels. How much longer will he be here? If I bought my boy one of his jerseys will he still be here when the shirt no longer fits? What player on this team is worthy of the $20 bill for their name on the back?
On an unrelated note – why can’t they play Ruf every day for a month? Let’s see what he can do with a regular start. Switch his position but daily at bats may show us what he can do.
On a similar unrelated note – why is Franco still in the minor leagues? Is anyone on the big club doing better than the players on the smaller club?
On a horrible note – The Mets are in first and the Phillies are in worst. That’s sad.
As I finish typing this the Phillies beat the Braves 1-0. SWEET!!!
I will watch the Phillies so you don’t have to.
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