I had a dream a few weeks ago in which I attend a Phillies game. The specifics: it's a Saturday day game, we are playing the Reds, and it is early in this upcoming season. During the bottom of the first, as I wander from left field to right along Ashburn Alley- past the batter's eye wall and by the bullpens- Ryan Howard hits a straight up BOMB right at me. Of course I don't try to catch it. It bounces around and everyone cheers, and a sense of "Hey, he's (for real) back!" brings euphoria to a place it belongs: a weekend early evening at the ballpark, at our ballpark.
For whatever reason that came back to me this morning. Maybe it's because one of the last great moments I had at a Phils game was Howard's Game One home run against St. Louis in the 2011 NLDS. Maybe I like recalling dreams where I search out a sandwich. I don't know; meaning is what you make of it. But I checked the schedule and sure enough we play the Reds on a Saturday afternoon- May 18. So I'm calling it now.
|Ryan MOTHERDUCKING Howard|