A 91-year-old baseball aficionado was back in the ballpark less than 24 hours after being hit by a car leaving a Phillies game.
Raymond DiCrescenzo was in high spirits at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night, despite being the victim of a hit-and-run driver the day before. DiCrescenzo, a proud World War II veteran, says he was guilty of jaywalking when he was clipped by a pick-up truck as he exited Tuesday's Phils game.
"I saw he wasn't going to stop so I stepped back, and he just brushed me," DiCrescenzo said. "Had I stepped forward, he would've run right over me."
The driver never stopped.
"I fell pretty hard," DiCrescenzo said, "and hit my head."
He's seen worse. The Philadelphia Daily News reports DiCrescenzo dealt with bombing most nights while serving in the Quartermaster Corps, a sustainment branch of the United States Army, in Africa and Italy during World War II. The Quartermaster Corps is the U.S. Army's oldest logistics branch, established in June 1775.
The season-ticket holder was greeted with lots of love from Phillies employees after leaving the hospital just hours earlier. The 91-year-old received more than six staples on his head but said other than that he can't complain.
"I was pretty lucky, at my age, I didn't break a bone or something else," DiCrescenzo said.
A lifelong Phillies fan, DiCrescenzo remembers going to games as a teenager at the Baker Bowl in 1935. While the 64-89 Phillies finished 35.5 games behind the Cubs that season, the National League had star pitchers like Dizzy Dean (St. Louis Cardinals) and Carl Hubbell (New York Giants).
CBS 3 reports Philadelphia police believe they have identified the driver from Delaware who was driving the car that sent the vet into the hospital. No charges have been filed.
DiCrescenzo still drives himself to the ballpark, saying his eyes and health are good. He'll be 92 in December.