Once again linking up with Sarah from venustrappedinmars for Fan Friday.
Today I am going to talk about the last game at Veterans Stadium on September 28 2003. The Phillies played the Atlanta Braves and lost 5-2.
Here is a bit about the Vet: Via Wikipedia
Philadelphia Veterans Stadium (informally called "The Vet") was a professional-sports, multi-purpose stadium, located at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The listed seating capacities in 1971 were 62,000 seats for football, and 56,371 for baseball.
It housed the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, from 1971 to 2002 and the National League's Philadelphia Phillies baseball team, from 1971 to 2003. The 1976 and 1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Games were held at the venue. The Vet also hosted the annual Army-Navy football game seventeen times: first in 1980, and last in 2001.
As the stadium aged, its condition deteriorated. A hole in the wall allowed visiting teams' players to peep into the Eagles Cheerleaders dressing room. So many mice infested the stadium that the security force employed cats as mousers. The final football game played at the Vet was the Eagles' 27–10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game on January 19, 2003. The Eagles moved into Lincoln Financial Field in August 2003.
The final game ever played at the stadium was the afternoon of September 28, 2003, during which the Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves. However, the ceremony that followed pulled at the heartstrings of the sellout crowd. Both Paul Owens, a former general manager, and Tug McGraw, a former pitcher, made their final public appearances at the park that day; later that winter both men died. The last publicly broadcast words uttered in the park were by Harry Kalas — a veteran announcer who helped open the facility on April 10, 1971 — who paraphrased his trademark home run call: "And now, Veterans Stadium is like a 3-1 pitch to Jim Thome or Mike Schmidt. It's on a looooooong drive...IT'S OUTTA HERE!!!" The team moved into Citizens Bank Park in 2004, with the first game being played there on April 12, 2004.
Here is Harry Kalas changing the number on the countdown to 0
Tug McGraw (yes Tim McGraw's dad)
He arrived in a limo.
Mike Liebrethal (My fav)
Here is my husband and I
All of the former and current players walking around the field for the last time
It was a day I will always remember seeing all the players walk around the Vet for the last time! Even though they lost it was still an amazing day.