While most people passionately hate when the Phillies go on west coast roadtrips, it is actually one of my favorite parts of the season. And the last few nights in San Diego have reminded me why. ‘
First off, the west coast has some of the more beautiful stadiums in the MLB. And not only are they beautiful stadiums, but because the Phillies only play a limited amount of games on the left coast, I appreciate the stadiums beauty even more. Petco Park, home of the Padres, is one of the most beautiful and underrated stadiums in the game. The warehouses in leftfield are a really unique feature, and now that they moved the walls in a bit the stadium has become a little more hitter friendly. Next, the Phillies head to Dodger Stadium for a four game weekend set. Dodger Stadium is one of the oldest and still more beautiful stadiums in the game. Not to mention night games at Dodger Stadium remind me of Matt Stairs legendary homerun. And don’t even get me started on how nice of a stadium AT&T Park is.
And what is the best part of playing on the west coast? It’s simple really. The last two nights, the Phillies left a bad taste in my mouth after the games against the San Diego Padres. Obviously Monday was a loss, that came after a blown ninth inning lead from Jonathan Papelbon, so that one left a much more bitter taste in my mouth than last nights win. Still, last night was a fun game through eight innings, with Dom Brown homering and driving four runs and Kyle Kendrick dominating. And then Antonio Bastardo allowed runners to reach second and third, and forced Jonathan Papelbon to start warming up. Of course, once Papelbon started warming up, Bastardo finished off the game and the Phillies win. Still though, I went to bed frustrated because the Phillies couldn’t just make it easy one night. They to clearly demonstrate to everyone after eight solid innings that they truly aren’t a playoff team.
So why does that make me love the Phillies playing on the west coast? Simply because I went to bed as soon as the game ended. Normally the games will end around 10 EST, and I will have to sit around and feel disgusted for a few hours about the Phillies loses before I go to bed. When the Phillies are on the west coast, I just go straight to bed and don’t have to worry about the Phillies problems.
So yeah I selfishly love when the Phillies play on the West Coast. And the stadiums aren’t bad either.