Tuesday night Bryce Harper made his first (of many) returns to Nationals Park in Washington. Any appearance Harper had on the field was met with a symphony of boos from the Nationals fans. The once “golden boy” for the nationals was now in the batter’s box hitting against them. The National’s ace pitcher, Max Scherzer, finally got to face off against the man who used to stand behind him in right field.
The first two at-bats for Harper ended with Scherzer doing what he does best, retiring batters back to the dugout without any contact. This was met with louder booing from the Nationals fans as the once praised Harper walked back to the opposing dugout.
Bryce quickly quieted the crowd after the fifth and sixth innings when he hit a double off of Scherzer and an RBI single to make it 6-0. Just two innings later he silenced the few remaining Nationals fans in attendance with a monstrous two-run homer into right field. This was his fifth-longest home run since 2015 and cemented the moment with a powerful bat flip.
Harper loved every second of the game, even the boos. He said that all he had to do was remember the fans back home in Philly watching him and listen to the small section of Phillies fans in the right-field seats. He said as long as he has the city of Philadelphia behind him, nothing else matters to him.
Rhys Hoskins thought that there would be more cheers than boos in Washington for a player who has spent his first seven years in. Hoskins thought it was funny that the crowd was booing, but also all had phones out recording him. He thought Harper handled the whole situation well, even including the extravagant bat flip after his home run.
This is the first of 10 games this season that Harper will return to Washington and only the first season in a long 13 seasons he’s signed on with the Phillies for. The Nationals don’t want to see much more of Harper after his performance this game, but they are stuck with him and the Phillies as division rivals.
The Phillies this offseason made some of the biggest moves in all of baseball, with the acquisition of J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper. This comes off of a rough season ending last season, where the Phillies were so close to the playoff they could taste it and it all fell apart with a full month left. Many people placed the blame on the first-time manager Gabe Kapler and his lack of leadership and vision at the end of the season. Others, however, love Kapler. There is a drastic difference in the fanbase, you’re either a Kapler lover or hater and there is no in-between.
Last spring training many reports came out of atypical routines during training, and during the season, many pitching changes were mishandled and other moves that prompted critique. To some, Kapler hasn’t been the chosen one he is to others.
This year, the Phillies (and Kapler) are looking to stay strong through the final moments of the season. Management and Matt Klentak have potentially put together a roster that can avoid the mismanagements of season’s past. The roster in its current form is shaping up to be something where constant changes are not needed, something last season Kapler did frequently.
Kapler needs to find the right formula in the pitching staff, however. Everyone knows that without pitching, dreams of October baseball are just dreams after all. The roster is strong with arms like Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta, but something Kapler showed his inability in last season, timely pitching changes are the key to the process. The Phillies have depth in their relievers, and it’s once again up to Kapler to utilize them to the fullest potential.
Gabe Kapler is a man of numbers. He relies more on a number that was crunched than a feeling in a game. Many people think this is his biggest weakness as well as his greatest strength, as his methods of trusting the numbers cost a few games last season. The biggest improvement Kapler can make is to learn to break away from the data and see a situation with better vision. Kapler looks to be having the tools to produce wins in front of him, he just needs to know how to use them.
One of Reading’s iconic landmarks has been put up for sale. The Stirling Guest Hotel Mansion and carriage house, a notable location in Reading for over 100 years, will be put on the market. Located at 1120 Centre Ave. near the Centre Park Historic District and Queen Anne Districts, the property spans 5-acres and is going up at the asking price of $1.75 million.
The hotel was originally built between the years 1890 and 1892 for a Reading icon, James Hervey Sternbergh and his second wife, Mary Candace Dodds. Sternbergh was an industrialist and inventor in Reading who founded American Iron and Steel Manufacturing Co. The building was named after a Scottish castle and was built by Bostonian architect Theophilus P. Chandler. The couple had six children, Gertrude Sternbergh Vetlesen, the youngest of which, lived in the home until her death in 1996 at the age of 96. Her portrait can still be seen in the parlor.
Since 1998 the building has been owned by Kaj K. Skov, an entrepreneur, and hotelier in the Reading area. Skov retired in 2009, and since that point, the hotel has been leased by Peter Sutliff and TJ Sophy, who run the hotel business. They both are looking to continue normal business operations at this point during the sale. The hotel currently books and hosts various events like weddings, dinner parties, weekend getaways, and musical events.
In Skov’s ownership, the building saw renovations totaling more than $700,000 to restore the building to previous greatness. Skov sought to “modernize” the interior assets of the hotel by trying to keep as much of the historical aspects as possible in the 24 rooms. From old closets, five new bathrooms were added and the building was brought to compliance with modern building codes by adding air conditioning, sprinklers, smoke detectors, and fire escape options. On the exterior, overgrowth and soot that formed over the years were removed to try and reveal the original beautiful architecture. Rose colored sandstone walls and limestone were revealed behind the overgrowth at the formal entrance facing Robeson Street.
About Peter Bubel
He was born in Fort Carson, Colorado at the Army Base Hospital and attended Penn State University, earning a degree in finance before getting his first job in Allentown at Dun and Bradstreet. Peter then worked in Philadelphia before transferring to Reading, Pennsylvania, where he’s lived and worked for the past 25 years.
Because Peter Bubel has learned the ins and outs of his community over the past two and a half decades, he is able to provide the best real estate services for clients from all walks of life. Peter and his family own and run PANA Rentals, a property management company that provides a variety of student, residential, and commercial property management services. Peter currently owns and manages between 50 and 100 properties. He particularly likes to help Penn State Berks Campus students find off-campus housing.
Peter Bubel loves the “small town” feeling of Reading combined with its proximity to major cities, and he does housing work in this area as well. Peter is an advocate for local affordable housing and economic improvement, and he has served on numerous housing committees and coalitions. He works with nonprofit agencies that help first-time home buyers prosper in the area, and he also shares his knowledge through various media to empower young individuals to take control of their economic outlooks. Peter Bubel has a guest spot on Berks Community Television’s Local Issues Forum, where he discusses housing and banking strategies. He has also shared his strategies via finance and entrepreneurship lectures at Albright College and St. Joseph’s University.
Peter Bubel is also a firm believer in giving back to the community.
He participates in a number of local initiatives, including the Berks MINDCO (Minority Development Council) and Housing Advisory task force. He also presents seminars in the Berks County Chamber of Commerce and works within various budgeting and stewardship committees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in West Lawn, Pennsylvania.
As a Penn State alumnus himself, Peter Bubel remains involved with the college and loves to attend PSU football games. His older daughter currently attends Penn State and is active in campus volunteering and fundraising efforts. She shares that philanthropic spirit with her father; Peter is the past president and vice president of Reading-Berks Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Under his guidance the affiliate was able to complete the construction of over 30 low-income homes. Peter is also a former board member of Goodwill Industries of the Keystone Area, and he currently volunteers his services at Reading Public Museum, the Children’s Home of Reading, and Boy Scouts of America.
Peter Bubel is a proud supporter of the military. His father was in the United States Army, and to this day Peter is inspired by his father’s service and by the service of current troops.
Peter Bubel outside of work
Health and fitness play a major part in Peter’s life and he stays active by playing a number of sports, especially golf and his weekly tennis games. Peter’s family is passionate about fitness as well, particularly his younger daughter, who is an avid swimmer and water polo player at her high school.
Peter Bubel also loves to travel when he can. He enjoys visiting local places throughout Pennsylvania, especially his parents’ hometown in Schuylkill County; he also loves to explore other parts of the country and see all of the unique and beautiful scenery and picturesque landscapes that our nation has to offer. Peter Bubel hopes to someday settle in a warmer climate.