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There’s A Hole In The Spectrum


Spectrum hole.jpgThere’s a hole in the Spectrum!  How did that happen?  Did no one notice the giant red ball flying towards it this afternoon?  It is a historical Philadelphia landmark!  And why were all those people just standing around watching the destruction?  Oh my!

Wait a second…you say they are tearing it down?  It is a scheduled demolition?  Soooooooo…they did this on purpose?  Oh sorry…my bad.

Just kidding ;o)  It was a surreal moment today, watching the Spectrum meet its demise.  Although apparently, we can relive that moment everyday for the next 4-6 months, which is the time it is going to take to tear it down with this tiny red ball.  Could they not find a larger ball or more efficient means of destruction?  Just sayin’…

When the long, drawn out extraction is complete, a brand new entertainment complex called “PhillyLive!” will take the Spectrum’s place, hopefully, in 2012.  This will give Philly sports fans a place to wander, eat and party before and after games.  Of course the city of St. Louis promised their fans the same type of structure and 4 years later, not a single brick has been laid.  Cross your fingers, Philly…

Chairman of Comcast Spectacor Ed Snider spoke before the demolition today.  He spoke about his mixed emotions about tearing down the Spectrum and then referred to its official replacement next door as the “Wells Fargo or whatever it’s called building.”  The Wells Fargo center has gone though a number of name changes over the years including CoreStates Center, First Union Center (affectionately known as the FU center) and Wachovia Center.

With the Snider name comment and seeing the gaping hole in the side of the Spectrum, my brain began translating the data into an old children’s song.  In my mind, “There’s a Hole In The Bucket” suddenly became “There’s a Hole In The Spectrum.” Not familiar with the song?  Take a look:

Now that you remember the song, sing along with my newly fabricated lyrics:

 

There’s a hole in the Spectrum, dear Flyers, dear Sixers,

There’s a hole in the Spectrum, dear Philly,

There’s a hole.

 

Then trash it Mr. Snider, Mr. Snider, Mr. Snider,

Then trash it dear Mr. Snider, Mr. Snider, trash it.

 

But where will you play now, dear Flyers, dear Sixers,

But there will you play now, dear Philly, play where?

 

In the FU, I mean Wachovia, I mean WtF Center, Mr. Snider, Mr. Snider, Mr. Snider,

WTF is it’s name now, Mr. Snider, Mr. Snider, it’s name?

 

We cannot remember, dear Flyers, dear Sixers,

The name keeps on changing, dear Philly, keeps changing.

 

Then make up your mind, Mr. Snider, Mr. Snider

Make a freaking decision, Mr. Snider, decide!

 

It’s the Wells Fargo Center, dear Flyers, dear Sixers,

It’s the Wells Fargo Center, dear Philly, at least it is for now…

 

We will still miss the Spectrum, Mr. Snider, Mr. Snider, Mr. Snider,

We will still miss the Spectrum, Mr. Snider, miss it.

 

There’s a hole in the Spectrum, dear Flyers, dear Sixers,

There’s a hole in the Spectrum, dear Philly,

Say goodbye.

 

I do hope everyone enjoyed my rendition :O)   And while we are on the subject, what is your favorite memory of the Spectrum?  Mine was seeing Pearl Jam close the lace down officially last October.  Had they rocked any harder, the little red ball may not have been needed at all!

DSCF4820a.jpgShare your Spectrum memoriesin the comments below!

 

Pearl Jam photo by Jenn Zambri Photography; Spectrum photo by Philly.com

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Howard Powers Phillies To Come From Behind Win

Ryan Howard showed everyone today why he is an All-Star; Howard went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI and 2 walks.  But more importantly, he came up to bat in the 9th inning with 1 out, 2 men on base and the Phillies trailing by 3 runs and he saved the day.  Howard nailed a 3 run home run to centerfield to tie up a game which, until that moment, looked like a sure loss for the Phillies against the last place Pirates.

Howard had some help though; Raul Ibanez, in his first start since coming off the DL, doubled after Howard’s home run; it was Ibanez’s 2nd hit of the night.  After that, Pedro Feliz singled, Jayson Werth was walked to load the bases and Paul Bako stepped to the plate.  P6216193 Bako.jpgYou may be asking, Bako who?  Bako, in his 12th year in the majors and playing for his 10th different team as a back-up catcher, made name for himself in Philly tonight.  He whacked a single through a hole in the infield, scoring Ibanez and giving the Phils an 8-7 win.  Bako is batting only .214 and his lifetime average hovers right around only .230, but that did not matter tonight.  With his second hit of the game, he got the job done.

The Phillies really needed some heroics tonight after Cole Hamels had another bad outing.  In 6 innings, Hamels allowed 6 runs on 7 hits, which included 3 home runs.  Hamels even allowed a home run to Andrew McCutchen, who had only 1 homer the entire year until tonight.  Another went to Delwyn Young, who in a 4 year career, had only 5 home runs until Hamels helped him to #6.  Can you say BAD location?  Apparently, Hamels can and we all wish he would unlearn that particular phrase.

The bullpen had a bad night too; Chad Durbin allowed 2 runs, one of which scored when Scott Eyre came in to relieve him and walked a run home; a combination bad effort.  But we are all entitled to have bad days, and for the Phillies pitchers, this was certainly one of those; especially since it came against the Pirates.  But it was all erased with the outpouring of offense late in the game.

Only one game left before the All-Star break!  The Pirates will try to salvage a game and the Phillies will try to stop them; 1:35pm tomorrow.

Sale At The Spectrum

Did anyone else attend the Spectrum sale earlier today?  I was there and oh boy, what a mess!  For the first time ever, the Phillies, Sixers and Flyers joined forces to host a blow-out sale of discontinued merchandise at low prices. 

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I spoke to a Spectrum representative as the horror was unfolding and he told me that they were expecting, and only prepared for, 500 people.  What they got was thousands upon thousands and as a result, a lot of very unhappy customers.  Check out lines, which began with 2 cashiers on each side (Phillies side & Sixers/Flyers side) took hours to get through.  No exaggeration…hours.  And it was like watching cattle being herded; the small shopping area was jam packed with shoulder-to-shoulder shoppers and you could barely move.  Meanwhile, thousands of other shoppers formed a line outside the building waiting to be let in.

I got there early, as I expected a crowd, unlike the Spectrum management, so I did get in with the first group and got some pretty cool stuff.  But, it took me over 2 hours, with help, to do so.  Most of the merchandise was old playoff gear, but a few nice finds were there.  And the lines began to thin out after the management added a cash only line and a few more cashiers.  I do believe that next year, they will be a bit more prepared.  At any rate, it was a real adventure.

Photos by Jenn

 

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