This past Sunday, I was able to take in a Reading Phillies game. The place was pretty packed, but I managed to get a ticket at the gate. I’m always impressed with how they take care of that stadium. It opened in 1951, but it has been kept extremely well with a number of upgrades over the years. Even when I got there I had to do a double take because the entrance area had been reconfigured during the offseason with the addition of the VIST Financial Plaza. If you are a fan of minor league ballparks and you haven’t been to Reading yet, I definitely recommend it.
The Rock Cats took an early 3-0 lead in the 1st inning on a two-run home run by RF Chris Parmalee (20th overall pick in 2006) and a triple by CF Mark Dolenc. Reading battled back in the 5th and 6th innings stringing together some hits in order to tie it up.
The game-winning RBI came in the top of the 7th when New Britain 1B Nate Hanson hit a sacrifice fly to score 3B Chris Cates (who stands at 5’3″ by the way) who had gotten on with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Reading is a great place for autographs since the players need to walk through the concourse to get to the field. As a result, I was able to stand on the 3rd base side and wait for New Britain’s Pitching Coach Stewart Cliburn and Hitting Coach Tom Brunansky to walk through and get their autographs. The Rock Cats were definitely friendly and very willing to sign autographs for everyone, which is great to see.