Out with a Bang

The game was over, another victory for the R-Phils, and the night sky was lit up with the brilliant glow of another Baseballtown fireworks show.  Sitting outside the front of the stadium, I was enjoying the light show while one young fan leaving with his father was not very interested.  He was walking behind his dad with his hands covering his ears and his eyes squeezed shut.  After seeing this young fan and how unimpressed he was with the fireworks, I came to realize that not every fan enjoys the numerous fireworks shows held throughout the summer.

Every summer, fans can watch a fireworks show almost every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night starting in May.  The fireworks are a big crowd pleaser and help to draw a large number of fans to weekend games.  The younger fans, however, are not always amused.

The first flash of light causes numerous little eyes to be squeezed shut.  After the accompanying bang, hands fly up to cover little ears.  With the next few flashes and bangs, the tears start to flow and the screaming begins.  This is a scene that I have witnessed more than a few times while watching young Phillies fans during a fireworks show.  I have seen kids trying to hide behind their parents, kids being held by their parents with their faces hidden in mom or dad’s shoulder, and kids just sitting in their seats crying while still watching the fireworks.

I must be completely honest, when I was young and coming to Reading Phillies games, I was not a fan of the fireworks.  I did not enjoy the flashes of light or the loud noise.  I would close my eyes and cover my ears in the exact same manner I see young fans reacting each summer.  Although I do not remember any tears, I’m sure there were plenty.

At the end of the day, while I do get a small dose of amusement watching young fans during fireworks, I also sympathize with them.  I was in their position once and I know how scary fireworks can be.  I’m also sure that although they may not admit it, there are other older fans at the ballpark each summer who were scared of fireworks when they were younger.

Confessions of a Concessions Worker

As players and coaches continue to prepare for the upcoming season, it is hard to believe that opening day is only two months away.  On April 12, the Reading Fightin’ Phils will play the home opener of what is sure to be another exciting season in Baseballtown.

With the beginning of the new season, I will be moving into a new, yet very familiar position at the stadium.  After two exciting and educational summers as an intern, I will be returning to concessions.  This will be my seventh season working in concessions and my ninth season with the organization.

Although my job has changed, I will continue to share my insights into Reading baseball and its fans.  I will also be sharing some experiences I have had with concessions in the past.  As I am sure this season will have its fair share of funny and exciting moments, I will be sure to share them with you.  Therefore, consider this post to be the preface for “Confessions of a Concessions Worker.”

After all, there are six seasons worth of stories just waiting to be told!