On Monday, November 30th Kobe Bryant, guard for the L.A. Lakers and West Philly native, visited Larry’s Steak on my school’s campus! Since the Lakers were to play the Sixers the next day, he grabbed a cheesesteak and sat with some old friends around 8pm. Almost as soon as one of my classmates recognized him, the word was out, and within minutes, hundreds of Saint Joseph’s students (including me) came to Larry’s to see the Black Mamba in the flesh. When I myself heard the news (I was laying down at the time), I hopped out of bed, put on my coat, and ran to Larrys. I got to Larry’s in a blazing 2 minutes, and it usually takes me 7-9 minutes to walk there from my dorm. I was not risking missing Kobe Bryant! I climbed on top of tables and almost got trampled by an eager mob just to get my pictures and videos (And it was SO worth it). It was an amazing experience seeing him up close, as I’ve always only been able to watch him play, take interviews, and interact with others behind a TV screen. My heart almost stopped when I got within an arms reach of him! The fact that Kobe was from Philly was simply the icing on the cake. At that moment, he showed how he will never forget where he came from and the cheesesteak shop that will always have his heart.
The next day after his game, during Kobe’s press conference, it was reported that the entire Lakers team ordered 60 cheesesteaks to go from Larry’s! Wow!!
Below is a short video I caught while I was at Larry’s steaks:
Here are some more pictures from the Kobe sighting:
This wouldn’t be my typical blog post, but I could not resist sharing the news!