NLCS Game 1
It’s probably the most overplayed story in the news right now… the reputation of Philadelphia fans. Sure, we might be skeptics, and we might boo players when they don’t live up to our expectations. But we love our teams and we love our players. We are truly sports “phanatics.”
Never was that more evident than during Game 1 of the NLCS at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night. When Chase Utley hit a two-run homerun to tie the game at 2-2, I was standing on the concourse with a trash bag full of bottles for our Green Team recycling program. All around me the crowd exploded. Fans were screaming, jumping up and down, and waving their towels like mad. Strangers were hugging and high-fiving like old friends. Fireworks erupted and burst into the sky. It was so loud, the person next to you could have screamed in your ear and you wouldn’t be able to hear them.
When Pat Burrell came up two batters later and hit a bomb to make the score 3-2, things just got crazier. Those cheers were much louder than any boos I ever heard at Citizens Bank Park…even when Barry Bonds was playing.
Laura and Irena were on the field Thursday night, and they share their experiences below!
Having the opportunity to work the first game of the NLCS was the most exciting experience of my life. As I was walking to the stadium before the game it felt like I had butterflies fluttering around in my stomach. That feeling did not go away for the entire game! The sight of the entire stadium waving their white rally towels and hearing the chants of “BEAT L.A.” sent goose bumps down my spine. After Utley and Burrell hit their homeruns the place was really rocking with excitement! Philly Phans are truly the best fans in all of baseball! I have so many great memories from the entire Phillies season, but being a part of the NLCS is something I will never forget! GO PHILS!!!
I have to say that I’ve had a pretty good life so far, but being on the field during game 2 of the NLCS was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. I was nervous when I first sat down, but when I realized the experience I was about to share with 46,000+ people, those feelings soon left and were replaced with excitement. Being on the field was like watching the game with thousands of my closest friends. The fans were amazing that night. They would even applaud when I ran to get a pitcher’s jacket! The best moments of the game were when Utley hit a 2-run home run to tie the game 2-2. Then Burrell comes up and hits a single run home run to give us another run, making it 3-2. There were high-fives all around that night. A few fans even hugged me! Having one of the best seats in the house that night was more than I could have ever asked for and it turned out to be one of the best nights of my life.