Strawberry Mansion All-Stars
So, today was the third annual "Step Up to the Plate, Strike Out Violence" softball game between the FBI and the Strawberry Mansion All-Star Baseball League. I've been tracking this league for all three years, as a beacon that things can go well outside of Center City and other rich-folk neighborhoods. Sure, a guy got shot a few blocks away during the inaugural game, but the worst thing to happen to day was a sporadic downpour and gusty winds.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey threw out the first pitch. The Phillie Phanatic rode a bike in the outfield at 33rd and Diamond and did the rounds of a crowd that included kids, parents and residents of Strawberry Mansion, FBI families and exhibitors, city agencies, Tolley!, cameras from several local TV stations and Phillies ballgirls.
In my one plate appearance, I hit into a 5-3 groundout in the bottom of the eighth, further cementing the FBI's 21-15 victory. (This, after each team scored three runs in the first before registering their first out.) Here are some photos from the event...
The Mansion All-Stars coaches and supporters
The Phanatic arrives
Some FBI supertruck
First pitch (Ramsey's somewhere over all that green's shoulder)