Posted by Nick McIlwain, Wed, April 11, 2012 03:38 PM Comments: 3
(This post was written by our contributor Nick McIlwain of ‘The Preston and Steve Show’ on 93.3 WMMR)
Opening Day has come and gone. The Home Opener has come and gone. The first few games haven’t exactly gone the way we’d like, but as everybody says every year when their team gets off to a bad start, “Hey. It’s early.” Of course, games in April count just as much as games in August in September. And we’re still a ways off from Charlie Manuel’s favorite time of year, “hitting season”. I won’t panic any time soon. Instead, I’ll focus on the positive. Once again, we have baseball in South Philly.
I was at xFinity Live! (exclamation point mandatory) 3 separate times this weekend. If God were to create a bar that He intended to make money, he would sculpt this place from the remains of deceased pubs, add an obscene amount of televisions, and drop it squarely between Citizens Bank Park, the Wells Fargo Center, and Lincoln Financial Field. On Saturday, I was there twice. The second time I went, from about midnight to closing, there were approximately 5,000 people there. That is not an exaggeration. When I came back for the Phils’ Home Opener on Monday, it wasn’t QUITE as crowded, but the place was still packed. My friend and co-worker Matt Cord asked, “Where were all these people last year?” A good question. They didn’t all fit in McFadden’s or watch the game at Chickie’s & Pete’s. These people left the ‘burbs and other parts of Philly to come to this newly crowned central fan location.
The beauty of xFinity Live is that it doesn’t even take away business from those other institutions in and around the sports complex. In fact, it adds to them; if one is too crowded, you’ll go to the other. If you’re tired of the people in one bar, guess what? You now have 8 more to choose from. And if you’re a Penguins fan during a Flyers game or a Mets fan during a Phils game, I advise you to keep your opinions to yourself. Root for your team, sure. Enjoy the experience of the bars. Drink. Carry on. Have fun. Enjoy what the newest addition to our fair city has to offer. But if you get loud, they’ll toss you out. Trust me.