Leigh Goldenberg and Aaron Bauman
Favorite Spot: Pre-Phillies ritual including Cosmi’s Deli, Termini Bros, and Citizens Bank Bark
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: Cosmi’s Deli (1501 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147), Termini Bros (1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147), CBP (1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147)
We are both: South Philly homeowners, Bike Commuters, Phillies season ticket holders. He is: Web Guy, Ultimate Frisbee Enthusiast, Homebrewer. She is: Bicycle Laundry Marketer, Arts Supporter, Food Co-op party planner
Years in Philly: 7 together (plus Leigh’s 18 in the burbs)
Current Home: We call it Franklin Heights, real estate agents and civic associations call our neighborhood Passyunk Sq.
Favorite Spot: Citizens Bank Park
Neighborhood: Sports Complex
Address: 1 Citizens Bank Way Philadelphia, PA 19148
I am: You’d think an umpire, looking at the play, in person, as it is happening a few feet away from them, would be able to make a call better than me, miles away and watching through a slightly delayed television feed. But they can’t. It’s uncanny. What I’m saying is my eyesight is terrific. My sense of speech; not as much, as they never seem to hear me through the TV.
Years in Philly: 2005-09; 2012-present
Current Home: Francisville (Broad & Poplar)
Favorite Spot: Citizen’s Bank Park
Neighborhood: About as South in South Philly as you can get.
Address: 11th Street & Pattison Ave.
I am: a devout, fairly superstitious, Mets-hating, Chipper Jones-booing Phillies fan.
Years in Philly: Six.
Current Home: West Philly.
Favorite Spot: Anderson Yards, home baseball field for the Anderson Monarchs, a youth baseball program that operates under the auspices of the Marian Anderson Recreation Center
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
Address: 18th and Fitzwater
I am: Writer and editor. Executive director of Mighty Writers, a program that teaches city kids ages seven to 17 how to write.
Years in Philly: 25Current home: Wynnewood
My love note: My favorite summertime thing to do after leaving Mighty Writers in the early evening is to stop by Anderson Yards, located just a few blocks away at 18th and Fitzwater. Anderson Yards is a classic baseball diamond, a gem in the city, beautifully cared for and manicured by the Anderson Monarchs’ program director and team manager Steve Bandura. The Monarchs play “team baseball,” which means they’re big on fundamentals and good sportsmanship. Bandura teaches his young players the legacy of Jackie Robinson and the Negro Leagues, believing you can’t chart your future without knowing your past. Best of all is the community that’s been built around baseball at Anderson Yards. Parents and neighbors come to the games, follow play closely and support the team with frequent trips to the refreshment stand to get water ice. Anderson Yards is where I go whenever I’ve misplaced my good vibe.
(Photos from Monarch’s FB page)
(Tim Whitaker with Nafeesah Cannady, a Mighty Writers high schooler, photo from Tim)
Favorite Spot: Baseball diamond at 8th and Poplar
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
Address: 8th and Poplar
I am: a journalist, photographer, dog-walker, knuckleballer and professor.
Years in Philly: 18
Current Home: Northern Liberties
My love note: Every Saturday, as long as it isn’t raining or freezing, I play baseball at 8th and Poplar with a bunch of random people (mostly artists, musicians and other creative folks). We drink, barbecue hot dogs, listen to music and make fun of each other. We hang all day, and the time flies. Center City’s skyline looms in the distance beyond home plate. When the sun sets, the view is stunning. During the week, my dog Mookie and I visit the park and play frisbee.