Newsletter for Wednesday, April 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Spring softball at Palumbo Park is always a lot more fun at sunset (Instagram via @babestern).
THE ROOTS ARE BRINGING THE PICNIC TO NYC
The Roots Picnic is heading to New York City this fall, Billy Penn has learned. This will be the first Roots Picnic outside Philadelphia, where the original genre-bending outdoor music fest is entering its ninth year this June. A source close to the Roots confirmed for Billy Penn that the event is expanding to NYC, and that Philly’s Picnics will continue.
WHY THE SCHMITTER WON’T BE AT CBP THIS SEASON
Something is missing from the Phillies lineup this year. The Schmitter is gone from Citizens Bank Park. Born at 95-year-old McNally’s Tavern in Chestnut Hill, the sandwich had become an iconic part of home games in Philly — the stand opened during the ballpark’s first season in 2004. Joe Pie, proprietor of the Schmitter concessions and husband to McNally’s co-owner Anne McNally, hopes the leave of absence is temporary. “I’ve been telling people we’re sort of on injured reserve,” he told Billy Penn.
THE CASUAL FLYERS FAN’S GUIDE TO THE PLAYOFFS
The Flyers made the playoffs! We aren’t all losers! Take that, Eagles, Sixers, Phillies and Union. For those casual Flyers fans who haven’t paid too close attention to the NHL season and are just now hopping off the Villanova bandwagon and looking for a ride, there is plenty of room on the orange and black vehicle rolling into the postseason this week. Hop on board…but know what you’re getting into first.
The U.S. Navy was founded in our own backyard, but not before post-Revolution ships fell victim to pirates. The Seaport Museum's new exhibit, Patriots & Pirates, opens today.
Where: Independence Seaport Museum at 211 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: April 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: up to $15
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TWITTER POWER RANKINGS: PHILLIES EDITION
Maybe it’s the losses of recent years? Maybe it’s just the fact that baseball is a long season? Either way, Phillies baseball tends to bring some of the funniest and strangest Twitter accounts. Billy Penn is highlighting the best of those fan accounts, along with several people who cover the team. That way you can get the best Phillies Twitter experience this season. Without further ado, here’s our list.
JOSH HARRIS, BRYAN COLANGELO AND THE SIXERS’ NEW (BAD) LOOK
Bryan Colangelo may be a good fit for the Sixers. Colangelo may be a good basketball man from a great basketball family who can lead Philly’s once-proud franchise into this next era with swift success. The younger Colangelo probably deserves a benefit of the doubt and, like Sam Hinkie before him, should get the support any new team executive in charge of reshaping a franchise deserves. Our basketball future is in his hands, now officially, so let’s embrace that and, in turn, him. His boss, however, doesn’t deserve this clean-slate approach. Here’s why.