What a better way to start a blog than to write about the biggest event of the minor league baseball season. On July 11, 2012, the Reading Phillies hosted the Eastern League All-Star game for the first time since 1974. After a year and a half of preparations, the big day arrived and the front office and game staff employees were ready to face it head on. When I look back on the event I find that if asked, I would not be able to pick one aspect that really stands out in my mind as my favorite part. The whole event was exciting (although a tad exhausting) and I am glad I was able to experience it.
– 50 Best Eastern League Players: It may seem weird to be excited about seeing the same players that visit Baseballtown throughout the course of the regular season, but there is just something about seeing them all playing on teams with each other that makes it a different experience. All season these players are competing against each other and it’s interesting to see what happens when they are put on a team together and working towards the same goal. The whole atmosphere of the game changes and it provides a great experience for fans and players alike.
– Same great Baseballtown experience: I think one of the best parts about the All*Star Classic is that the experience as a whole stayed true to the everyday Baseballtown atmosphere. The Crazy Hot Dog Vendor threw hot dogs, the tooth fairy cleaned the bases and the veggies ran to avoid the evil candy. Just because the game was a special event, everything else remained the same in order to provide new and returning visitors to the ballpark with the Baseballtown experience that is always talked about.
– Home Run Derby/Hitting Challenge: Aside from the main attraction of the All-Star Game, July 10 was the night of the 2012 All*Star Classic Home Run Derby/Hitting Challenge. If I attempted to describe everything that went on that night, you would probably not believe me unless you witnessed the event first hand. All I can say is that it involved a party on the infield, a trampoline, a dunk tank, and pink lawn flamingos. If you were not able to witness this once in a lifetime event, you might want to try to find a clip online; you have no idea what you missed.
Well, this post is just the beginning of many thoughts and insights from a Reading Phillies seasonal associate who is taking it one day at a time so as to not miss a single moment of this experience.
Yours in Baseball, Amanda