You can go home again.
Friday was "The Goldbergs Day" in Philadelphia, in honor of ABC's The Goldbergs, the hit comedy producer Adam F. Goldberg created about his 1980s childhood in Jenkintown.
I think he had fun. I know I did.
The day began at City Hall, with Mayor Kenney presenting the Liberty Bell to Goldberg, who also received a ton of swag. Ike Richman, Vice President of public relations for Comcast-Spectacor, reminisced about his days as the young Adam's hockey coach, when he assigned the boy who couldn't skate to skate pushing a chair at every practice (like so many other events of the writer's life, it would become material for The Goldbergs years later).
"It's a good thing you can write," Richman joked.
Next stop was the William Penn Charter School, the alma mater of Adam and his older brothers Barry and Eric, where Goldberg addressed a school assembly and he and actor Troy Gentile — who plays Barry on the show — answered questions. If there was any doubt that the kids had connected with Goldberg's stories of being bad at sports and academics but finding himself as a playwright with the encouragement of his teachers, it was erased as we toured the campus afterward, and he was greeted like a rock star.
Our next stop was Citizens Bank Park, where the real Barry was scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park as the extended Goldberg family and many of their friends from Penn Charter and Jenkintown watched. What he didn't know: that Phillies legend Mike Schmidt would be doing the catching.
(Those are Adam's real-life doctor brothers, Barry (left), a radiologist, and Eric, a neurologist, with the faux Bevs.)
Look for the action footage of Barry Goldberg's big moment in an upcoming episode of The Goldbergs, whose fifth season begins Sept. 27. In the meantime, you can catch up on WPHL17, where the show on Monday started airing at 6 and 7:30 p.m weeknights.