The Tampa Bay Rays took a healthy lead in early innings of Thursday night’s (Oct. 23, 2008) second game of the baseball World Series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg FL, while the opposing Philadelphia Phillies squandered opportunities to score. The Phillies made plenty of hits but left runners on base, and Tampa Bay won 4-2.
Phillies’ pitcher Brett Myers performed well, but Rays’ starter James Shields did even more so. The Series is tied, one game apiece, as it now comes to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park for games Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 25 and 26, 2008).
Fans can rest and relax during today’s travel interim, and be prepared to bring their “A” cheer when the Phillies return to home field. Until then, consider these:
- Another Cause For Pride. Phillies’ veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer, who grew up in Souderton PA – only 19 miles northeast of Sanatoga – and his wife Karen yesterday (Oct. 23, 2008) announced plans to expand a system of bereavement camps they founded to help children who have lost someone close to them. The Moyer Foundation, the couple’s charitable organization, will add camps in 12 cities next year and hopes to open more than 50 camps around the country within several years. Camp Erin, the largest network of bereavement camps in the country, offers a free, weekend-long experience filled with traditional camp activities and emotional support from bereavement experts. This year more than 1,000 kids and teens participated in 18 camps located in 12 states.
- Our Food’s Better Than Theirs. As is the case with many interstate sports contests, the governors of Pennsylvania and Florida placed bets Wednesday (Oct. 22, 2008) on which team will win the World Series. If Philadelphia wins, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will send Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell stone crab claws and a box of oranges. If Tampa Bay wins, Rendell sends Crist a Philly cheesesteak and soft pretzels.
- Their Ride’s Less Hassle Than Yours … Maybe. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is adding “Sports Express” subway trains to its Broad Street Line (BSL) on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate fans flocking to Citizens Bank Park for Games 3 and 4. SEPTA also will operate extra Market-Frankford Line (MFL) to connect with the Broad Street Line, and will provide late-night Regional Rail service following the games. Parking at Regional Rail stations is free on weekends. So if you’ve got game tickets you can drive Ridge Pike east from Sanatoga to the Norristown Transportation Center, take the Route 100 train to 69th Street Station, hop on the MFL into City Hall Station, then get on the BSL to Pattison and “The Bank.” At least, that’s what SEPTA’s route planner recommends. Cost, the route planner reports, is $3.25 one way per person. The train ride takes 71 minutes.
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