Last night, myself, along with Kevin McAlpin from 97.5 The Fanatic, and John Gonzalez from CSNPhilly.com, were going over some names. Names that were buried under the rubble of Veterans Stadium, without so much as a gravestone to remember them by.
Don Carman. Bruce Ruffin. Wally Ritchie. Juan Bell. The list goes on and gets you a little bit sick to your stomach.
Unfortunately, those were the names I grew up with. But well before I was even a thought, Phillies fans were frowning at the idea that guys like Willie Jones, Solly Hemus, and Mike Ryan all underachieved here during the most awful years in the 50′s, 60′s, and 70′s. Thankfully, for the most part anyway, Harry and Whitey made all those below-average players sound awesome through the mic.
To clarify, this isn’t a post meant to belittle the players of yesteryear. This is merely to serve as a reminder to those who bitch and complain about Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez, and Jimmy Rollins every other day how good everyone around here has it.
On Monday night, the Phillies celebrated their 200th consecutive sellout with another lackluster performance, however, they made it 1 1/3 seasons of playing in front of a packed house. Every seat accounted for on chilly night’s in April and the sweltering 100 degree heat of July. Phillies fans have made it happen. But as everyone is well aware, it wasn’t always that way. In fact, it was the complete opposite for all but a handful of seasons over the 127 year history of the franchise.
Again, as I’ve implored you to do several times before on this very blog, enjoy what you have, because it won’t last forever. Remember that as you sigh when Ryan Howard strikes out, or get upset when the offense scores one run, that things are the best they have ever been. And the 200th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park solidifies that.
The 200th sellout brings back bad memories, yet it also makes me realize all the good we’ve seen in recent years.