OK, so you’re among the thousands of Sanatogans who couldn’t afford tickets to tonight’s (Oct. 22, 2008) World Series opening game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg FL, with the Philadelphia Phillies fighting the Tampa Bay Rays for baseball supremacy. At prices Tuesday of up to $20,573 a seat on StubHub, the ticket-selling website, who could?
Some next-best ways to celebrate:
Wear Phillies’ stuff. Patronize local businesses and buy a shirt or cap before the game starts on television at 8 p.m. Sanatoga Thriftway, K-Mart and CVS Pharmacy – all on East High Street – had a variety of items in stock this week. In case the Phillies look a little woozy at night’s end, you could pick up a bottle of Pepto-Bismol at CVS while you’re at it. (Think positive, though. Think sweep.)
- Turn the TV sound down, the radio up. Harry The K (as in Kalas, the Phillies’ Hall of Fame announcer) is the only voice to have yelling “It’s outta here” when the home runs fly outta there. The Phillies’ broadcast team will be found on WPHT-AM 1210 well before game time.
- Travel a little, see big. A free “Phillies Rally By the River,” sponsored by Penn’s Landing Corporation, will open tonight at 6 p.m. at the Great Plaza on the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia. The game will be aired there on a 27-foot wide, 17-foot high LED video display. Yes, that’s bigger than most living rooms. Fans can bring blankets or chairs to make themselves comfortable. Snacks and beverages (non-alcoholic and beer) will be available for purchase; no coolers, outside alcoholic beverages or glass containers are permitted. Parking is nearby but at a cost. And come home safely, please.
- Do the math. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that 30 million hot dogs were consumed at major league ballparks during 2008. Philadelphia ranked fourth of all major league cities in hot dog retail sales. Only residents of New York, Los Angeles and Washington/Baltimore spent more money on “tube steak.” Pop quiz: how many gallons of mustard were needed?
Enjoy the game. Go Phillies!