And the Mike Schmidt Cheesesteak Award for Most Hated Phillie goes to…Chase Utley. For hitting the first AND second home runs I've witnessed at Citi Field.
It all started a couple of years ago when I mocked Utley, crowing in my loudest hoity toity voice about “Chase Waddington Utley the Third” and so on. Utley dropped two bombs on the Mets that night in a Cheesesteak victory. Last night was the same thing, actually worse as he burned his unwelcome name into my memory in the first two spots on my personal Citi Field record book.
The title of Met Killer for me used to belong to Chipper Jones, who ruined countless of my Sunday afternoons with his bat, hit the highest scoreboard homer I ever saw, and named his son “Shea.” Well, the world better get ready for the birth of Citi Utley because Chase is the new Met killer.
As if it wasn't fun enough being surrounded by thousands of red clad Philadelphia Gloaters, having some Cheesesteak Eaters sitting near me going on about the short porch in right (not to be confused with the Pepsi Porch) being Chase's happy place was pretty neat. Hey, what can I say except the guy doesn't suck, contrary to my first evaluation a couple of years ago.
Another thing that didn't suck was the tasty burger from Shake Shack. I can't believe I'm saying this but it was so good, so fresh-from-the-grill hot and juicy and perfect that it was actually worth the wait. OF 40 MINUTES! That's 40, as in 15 to even get to the start of the wraparound aisles and then another 25 to burger heaven. NY has its unique challenges and rewards, that is for sure.
And among those rewards at Citi are a couple of special beers from the good folks at Brooklyn Brewery. The Shake Shack also has an icy cold Brooklyn Shakemeister Ale waiting for you at the end of that massive line and then La Verana Taqueria right opposite the Shack will serve you up a tasty Brooklyn Sabroso Ale. Along with some amazing tacos and almost no wait time.
The grub and drink has been so satisfying I will have to report about my first Shake Shack shake and my first helmet sundae after a future visit.
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Written by Mark Reichman