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Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Scene at Modell's

At lunchtime I went to this sporting goods chain to buy a pair of locker room t-shirts commemorating the Phillies' victory in the National League Championship series. Modell's advertised in the morning paper "Open Now", which I read at 6:50 a.m., and that implied that perhaps they were open all night after the Phillies beat the Dodgers 10-4 last night. Which means that they were probably open at midnight in the Philadelphia area.

Modell's and the Phillies are printing money right now (which isn't all that unusual in the United States at this point in our history, as the government probably will be printing a bunch of money to satisfy the country's staggering amount of debt). At least the retailer and the ball club are printing their money on merit. Okay, so I've digressed, but there was tons of championship wear -- toddler shirts, youth shirts, women's shirts, grown-ups shirts, the standard shirts with a player's name and number on the back and "Phillies" on the front, a shirt that referenced the back-to-back titles, a shirt that said "He's Werth It" and a shirt that said "UnbeLeeavble" or something like that. Still no tips of the cap, so to speak, to Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz, but there should be Ruiz wear at some point soon.

There were magnets, pennants, flags, hats, sweatshirts, uniform jerseys, you name it, they were flying off the shelves. People can lose a sense of rationality when they go into a smorgasbord, and the Phillies were happy to enable the provision of a cornucopia of championship togs and trinkets.

So, if you're looking for that special shirt, go to Modell's. They do a great job of providing what you need -- and more.


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