The first time I was in the Vet was with little league. We sat in the 700 level, long before the skyboxes were put in. Back then, the top of the stadium featured metal seats. I did not watch too much of the game but it was just fun being there. Actually, any time I went it was just fun to be there whether the Phillies won or lost.
Unfortunately, I was not part of the live crowd for some of the more historic moments in Veterans Stadium history. I wound up watching the 1976 All-Star Game, the 1980, 1983 and 1993 World Series on television, but even that was fun. Of course, it paled in comparison to being there with the rest of the Phillies faithful, watching the game in person.
From the Phantic to Phil and Phillis, mascots always have been apart of the entertainment of Phillies games and provided fun and memories.
In the winter of 1994 I bought my first season tickets for the Phillies. My stay as a season ticket holder lasted four wonderful seasons and I will never forget them. After missing the '76 All-Star Game, I made sure to be there in 1996 when the game returned to Philadelphia. I was back in the 700 level, but again, just being there was a thrill, especially since it was shared with my father.
From the steel hard pretzels to warm soda and cold April nights, The Vet was one of a kind and the fans made it that way. The turf was hard and unforgiving. I know because I had the chance to walk on the field during their fan fair and was sore for two days after just walking on the stuff for 10 minutes.
Those are my memories of the Vet. Veterans Stadium, thank you old friend. You will not be forgotten. Your memories will last me and other Phillies fans a lifetime.