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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
http://sports.espn.go.com/ espn/news/story?id=1764584

I love how they blow up the Vet, yet they just announced that Citizen's Bank Park won't be fully ready for the start of the Phillies season. It makes me a little happier that I won't be able to make opening day this year.

Still, it's a bit sad to see the Vet go. It has the best memories for Phillies fans (80 World Series win being the top), even though it was like playing on concrete, full of now-homeless rats, and the site of dozens of career ending injuries.

I guess it was a building only Philadelphia fans could love.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.42
"I guess it was a building only Philadelphia fans could love."

I've loved the Vet for about 14 months now.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.97
I saw ONE game at the Vet. The New Orleans Breakers vs the Philadelphia Stars.

Horrible stadium, horrible sight lines, horrible fans.

Glad to see it gone.



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Any truth to the rumors Mitch Williams was asked to give a speech from the pitchers mound in the Vet during the implosion?



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As someone who was at the last Phils game in September, I'm kinda sad to see it fall. Philly fans always get a bad rap and I think a lot of it had to do with the stadium. I'll be curious to see if that continues in the new park.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by Simba
    As someone who was at the last Phils game in September, I'm kinda sad to see it fall. Philly fans always get a bad rap and I think a lot of it had to do with the stadium. I'll be curious to see if that continues in the new park.


Well, the Linc doesn't have the courtroom, and from the one Eagles game I was at, the fans weren't as evil as usual. My brother in law has season tickets, and he said that the fans were as vocal as usual, but there were less fights and ugly moments in the stands. Of course, that might just be the awe of the new stadium.

The true test for Citizens Bank Park fans will probably be when the Braves come to town. JD Drew is still largely hated (batteries, anybody?), and for some reason, Philly fans also hate Chipper Jones with a passion.



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But it's Chipper Jones. Can you blame Phillies fans? Really, can you blame them for hating a man named Larry? ....



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.13

    The Phillies plan to paint an outline of the Vet's playing field across the new parking lot, and place granite markers at the former home plate, pitching mound and base locations.




That's a pretty cool little touch.


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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Any truth to the rumors Mitch Williams was asked to give a speech from the pitchers mound in the Vet during the implosion?


Actually Mitch keeps hanging around town as you always see him on TV and for a while he was the manager of a local minor league team. In fact Mitch was interviewed today during the festivities, don't ask me why. The Vet itself was something i think only Philadelphia fans could love. Seats were bad so was the entire design but it was our house. Vet fact the Eagles and Phillies combined had 85 losing seasons in the Vet and you wonder why we are so cynical.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.91
Now with the creamy goodness of video from WPVI-TV in Philly...lots more Vet-related content on their front page, too.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by EastCoastJoe

      The Phillies plan to paint an outline of the Vet's playing field across the new parking lot, and place granite markers at the former home plate, pitching mound and base locations.




    That's a pretty cool little touch.





Isn't it? The only problem is that I see the markers disappearing on a regular basis and winding up on Ebay or in some drunk's basement.

I really like how Pittsburgh has the old Forbes Field home plate in Posvar Hall, I think. And they still have some walls in place, as well as the spot where Maz's home run landed in the World Series. If it's really the outfield wall (And I'm not sure if it is), then it was 457 feet to center field. Wowsers.



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If you listen closely to the live footage as it happened, about half way through, you can hear someone shout "fuck you!"

And I'll sorta miss the Vet. I've seen countless baseball games there. But, that being said, I can't wait to see a game in the new place.



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I shot video for one Packer game at the Vet once...the preseason game vs. the Eagles in 2002.

Can't say I was impressed with the place. But hey, it wasn't as big a dump as Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland. :-)

The one good thing about football games in baseball stadiums...more room behind the sidelines for me to move w/ my camera to either end of the field. Things get a little cramped at Lambeau sometimes...but I'll accept that in exchange for Packer wins. :-)

Looking at the Pack's road schedule this year...in addition to Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota, Green Bay's going to...Philly, Washington, Houston, Indy, and Carolina.

So tell this cheesehead which 2 cities I should put in for for my 2004 road trips, will ya!?



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.35
    Originally posted by Simba
    As someone who was at the last Phils game in September, I'm kinda sad to see it fall. Philly fans always get a bad rap and I think a lot of it had to do with the stadium. I'll be curious to see if that continues in the new park.


Nah - they got a bad rap when they were still at Connie Mack - see 1964




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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.97
    Originally posted by The Thrill
    So tell this cheesehead which 2 cities I should put in for for my 2004 road trips, will ya!?


Houston. And while you are there, spend some quality time on Richmond Street.



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    Originally posted by The Thrill
    I shot video for one Packer game at the Vet once...the preseason game vs. the Eagles in 2002.

    Can't say I was impressed with the place. But hey, it wasn't as big a dump as Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland. :-)

    The one good thing about football games in baseball stadiums...more room behind the sidelines for me to move w/ my camera to either end of the field. Things get a little cramped at Lambeau sometimes...but I'll accept that in exchange for Packer wins. :-)

    Looking at the Pack's road schedule this year...in addition to Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota, Green Bay's going to...Philly, Washington, Houston, Indy, and Carolina.

    So tell this cheesehead which 2 cities I should put in for for my 2004 road trips, will ya!?


Go to Philly. The Linc is a very nice stadium, the polar opposite of the Vet.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by evilwaldo
      Originally posted by The Thrill
      I shot video for one Packer game at the Vet once...the preseason game vs. the Eagles in 2002.

      Can't say I was impressed with the place. But hey, it wasn't as big a dump as Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland. :-)

      The one good thing about football games in baseball stadiums...more room behind the sidelines for me to move w/ my camera to either end of the field. Things get a little cramped at Lambeau sometimes...but I'll accept that in exchange for Packer wins. :-)

      Looking at the Pack's road schedule this year...in addition to Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota, Green Bay's going to...Philly, Washington, Houston, Indy, and Carolina.

      So tell this cheesehead which 2 cities I should put in for for my 2004 road trips, will ya!?


    Go to Philly. The Linc is a very nice stadium, the polar opposite of the Vet.


I agree. Great sight lines, more concession stands than people, great HDTV screens in each end zone, great field surface, the list goes on. Plus, I think the Vet will be a parking lot then, so the traffic issues that popped up last season (and they DID pop up), might be solved. No more parking half a mile away!

Good article here on the Vet's demise: http://www.philly.com/ mld/philly/news/local/ 8244747.htm

His personal highlight is one of mine. The Schilling World Series Victory was amazing. Nobody wanted to leave after the game was over, nor did we want to leave a week earlier when they won the NLCS.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.44
We boo Chipper because he has clobbered the Phils his entire career. There were some stats in the paper over the weekend on the active, visiting players with the best stats @ the Vet. Overall Chipper was probably 2nd behind Bonds (who also owned the Phils throughout his years as a Pirate).



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.97
I boo chipper because I have always hated chipper. No other reason. He looks like an arrogant ass with that crooked fucking mouth of his and he plays for Atlanta, what other reasons do you need.

Funny story, every time I would see him on the TV, I would say out loud "FUCK CHIPPER JONES". So, imagine my delight/horror when at her first ballgame at Busch Stadium, when he was announced my then 8 year old daughter asks "is that FUCK Chipper Jones?"



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