There is a convention tradition of inviting local, national and international media to a welcome party before opening day in the host city. It is a time for media to relax before the rush of work required to cover a convention. I imagine it is as a deep cleansing breath before taking the plunge into a tornado. Bloggers typically don’t get an invite but I happen to know a kind journalist who invited me to this event.
Citizens Bank Park was the venue and event planners curated the best of Philly food and drink. This epicurean feast had guests sampling Jamaican rum cupcakes, Almond infused seafood bisque, lime gazpacho, Macaroons from Parc and hot dogs matched with draft beer. The abundance of food left no one with an empty stomach. And then there was cake. Two multi-tiered cakes created by Night Kitchen which reflected the hopes of the DNC convention and the famous icons of Philadelphia.
Two longtime Philly favorites Rita’s Italian Ice and Tastykake were present and popular with the guests. After sampling as much as humanly possible, guests could work off calories by walking the bases on the playing field. Or slide home in heels and a dress. Now that is a first for this ball park, I’m sure.
Heels on Home base.
We were treated to walking tours of the ball field which included a look at the bull pen, the media area, locker room and a chance to work out aggressions in the batting cage.
Apparently, there is no crying in baseball.
Attention DNC committee. Do the right thing.
In the media room. I had an entirely different idea of what this room was all about. I envisioned widescreen monitors with desktop computers scattered about, people milling around with concern plastered on their face. Prior to this event I binge-watched the Right Stuff, perhaps influencing my imaginings of this room.
In the locker room of the Philadelphia Phillies. So. Very. Cool.
In the batting cage for some therapeutic batting practice. I will be suggesting a batting cage for work, although approval of it has as much success as Bernie being nominated for President by the DNCC.
Some final images from this fun evening. My favorite of this evening is the one below of me and Philly legend Ritchie Ashburn.
Speaking of legends..look whose jersey I spied.
Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today.
Drinks were flowing freely in the evening. Here is a very nice cocktail made of dry gin with a twist of Lemon that I sampled after the photo with former PA Governor Rendell.
I have to thank Kevin for inviting me and stepping up to the role of photographer when called upon by me. The event went off flawlessly. Kudos to the event planning staff and volunteers for making this a memorable event for the guests.
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