Delivering the first pitch balls, Navy SEALs then dropped in from a plane in a very cool event. The first pitches were thrown by Bill Mayer, representing Modell’s (who sponsored the replica pennants) and Philadelphia University head basketball coach Herb Magee.
As for the game, everybody already knows what happened. Cole Hamels dug himself a four run hole, but a 5-run fifth inning, highlighted by a Chase Utley home run put the Phils ahead for good. Placido Polanco kept up his torrid start, and Ryan Madson shut the door in the ninth.
One of the funnier moments in the day was when the Phillie Phanatic dressed up like Lady Gaga and started dancing to “Bad Romance” next to the Nationals third base coach, who didn’t seem very amused.
My cousin wasn’t too thrilled with me, as I switched seats with him before the game, putting him next to the fat guy taking up half of his seat while I sat next to a cute girl.
An additional treat to the end of the game was the video of Harry Kalas singing “High Hopes”, which I was unsure if they could continue to do this season. After the game, John let me know that they also did it during the On-Deck series, but it was still a nice surprise. Hopefully they continue the tradition for all time.
Best part of the day: 44,791 fans went home happy.