World Series…Here We Come

 

In 1993 I watched the Phillies win the pennant from the 16th row of Veteran’s Stadium.  I held up a huge cardboard sign that said, “Go Dutch, Dude, Kruker, Wild Thing and Tommy Greene.”  I made sarcastic tomahawk chop gestures with the rest of the Phillies fans and laughed hysterically when the Phanatic came out dressed as Jane Fonda.  I remember slapping hands and cheering with grizzly-looking Philadelphia men who would have seemed scary any other day, but felt like friends that night.

I was 11, and I remember riding home in the back of our Explorer listening to the Phillies talk about gum and wingtips and the World Series.  15 years later it is still my all-time favorite sports memory (the 2005 OSU Penn State football game is a close runner up) and one of my best memories of my father. 

This year was a little different.  There was no crowd of screaming fans, and sadly, the Phanatic never appeared dressed as Tommy Lasorda with an Ultra Slimfast in hand. 

The funny thing is, I was even more excited.  We had some great characters in 1993.  Kruk and Mitch Williams are more beloved in Philadelphia cheesesteaks and Tastykakes.  But this year we have a group of men who you can’t help but love and respect.  To see Utley crawl to second base in game 4, or watch Victorino fly to the centerfield wall to make catches that seem superhuman, or see a veteran like Matt Stairs hit a homerun so hard that the ball still hasn’t landed… that’s why we watch post-season baseball.  And to have guys like Howard, Rollins, Hamels, Lidge, Burrell, and Utley to cheer for… well that’s why we love it.

Of course I wasn’t the only ballgirl cheering my heart out last night.  Here’s how the other girls celebrated:

Teresa
What an incredible year to work for the Phillies…a year that has led us to the Fall Classic! I carefully chose my surroundings for Game 5 of the NLCS. (No, it was not a padded room!) I watched it with some of the biggest Phils fans I know, my boyfriend and his roommate. Their house is right in the middle of the city, so we got to hear not only the cheers and honks from outside, but also the fireworks! Phillies Phever is in full effect today, and we’re hoping to carry it right into the last game of the World Series. It is an incredible feeling to be here in the city during such a great time! GO PHILS!!

Lauren
Ordinarily I would have gone out and watched such an important game with friends or all the ballgirls,  but because these games have started so late (and I get up at 5:30 a.m. to teach high schoolers), I decided to watch on my couch.  (Plus, I was extremely nervous about this game, and sometimes it is better to watch it without a huge crowd.) 

Right after they caught the pop-up to end the game, the first thing I did was breathe a huge sigh of relief, and then I jumped up and screamed!  I live right in Center City on a high floor of an apartment building, and I face south towards the stadiums and all of south Philly.  I immediately ran out to the balcony and saw tons of fireworks lighting up the sky.  I looked down onto I-95, and all the cars were honking their horns at once as they drove by.  Somewhere on South Street, a large crowd of people was banging on pots and pans, and on Broad Street, people were screaming and cheering.  This all went on into the early hours of the morning, and I got to watch the entire city celebrating from my balcony.  It left me wondering how much crazier it will be once we win the World Series!
 
This has been such a great ride, and I feel so fortunate to be so close to the action, not only because of where I live, but because I have this unbelievable opportunity to represent a team that I have lived and died with since before 1993.  After feeling the terrible agony of defeat 15 years ago as a 5th grader staying up late to watch Game 6 only to cry my eyes out when it was over, I am really hoping for that championship the city has been waiting for.  GO PHILLIES!!!

Debbie
Having to wait until 8:22 p.m. for the game to start was brutal, but thankfully the superb pre-game coverage on Comcast (and pretty much every news station) helped pass the time.  I had a few friends over and we all congregated around the bar in my basement as the first pitch was thrown to Jimmy Rollins. 

Well I’m not sure if anyone else felt like I did but I just knew Jimmy was due for that game changing play and the next thing you know his dominating swing crushes one over the fence!!!!!!!  I couldn’t believe what I just saw and the weirdest part was, after scoring the first run of the game, I just knew we were going to the World Series.  And as the game went on, all I could do was admire the players for what they have accomplished so far and what they have to look forward to, I don’t think I blinked at one point for a good 5 minutes. 

When the score was 5-1 I was so restless, I felt like I needed to go for a run to release some energy but of course I couldn’t miss anything, so I drafted my mass text message and had it ready to send the second we win!!!!!  Then finally the bottom of the 9th was here and Lidge took the mound; no need to go any further because he does have the nickname Brad “Lights Out” Lidge for a reason.  I was so overwhelmed with every emotion it really is hard to describe but I do know that I had the biggest smile on my face from the last out until well….still!  Seeing the excitement on their faces had me teary eyed and I honestly just wanted to cry….not because I was sad but of course because I was so happy for them, for Philadelphia, and for all our amazing fans that supported us this whole season no matter what happened the game before. 

Baseball is a game that brings people together and with all the negativity in the news about the troubled economy, Philly fans finally have something to smile about and to look forward to!  I am so grateful to be a part of it all and so excited for Wednesday, the start of the World Series.  We still have some work to do but there’s no doubt in my mind the next time you see the ballgirls (other than at the rally’s or on the field) will be cruising along Broad Street on our float!!!  GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!         

Sam
You know when you catch yourself smiling like a fool? Smiling like a 9-year-old girl that just meant her favorite Jonas Brother? That was me last night when the Phillies clinched the pennant.

I was at Chickie and Pete’s in Bordentown New Jersey with some friends.  We were pretty relaxed throughout the game but once the 7th inning came I started to get nervous. We had a countdown on how many outs we needed before we won, which turned into a countdown on how many strikes Brad Lidge needed to close the game out. Once Carlos Ruiz hit caught the last out the place went nuts (there were even rally towels)!!!

Then off it was to Broad Street with my brother and a few of his friends. I have never experienced anything like the celebration that was going on. Walking around, you really got a feel for how important this was to the city and it was also amazing to see how a game can bring so many different people together. It is now the day after and I am still cheesin’ like a fool, but in the back of my head I know we still have to win 4 more games until another celebration can happen on Broad Street!!

Katie
I was not nervous at all for game 5 of the NLCS. I was so confident that we would win that I was already telling my 7th and 8th grade students that they would be watching the Phillies play in the World Series. I was at my friend’s house watching the game. The six of us had some food, drinks and were all wearing our Phillies shirts. We all watched game 4 together and when we sat down to watch game 5; we all sat in the same seat as game 4. I guess we figured sitting in the same seats would bring the Phillies some luck.

When J-Roll led off with a home run, I felt a rush of relief come over me. We dominated the whole game. Cole could not have pitched any better and our offense was really hitting the ball. When we got the final out, I was so happy that I couldn’t even talk! I really thought I was dreaming. I am so happy for the Phillies and for the phans! I am really glad that the ballgirls and I got to be apart of the whole experience! 

Go Phils!! Bring on the World Series!!

Christy O.
For game 5 I was well-rested and ready to watch!  I’m not going to lie, I think I really needed that break from baseball on Tuesday night.  Anyway, I was very prepared for Wednesday’s game…my family and I ordered take out and we sat in front of the TV and watched J Roll hit a lead off homer.  While some of my family members started to make their way to other TVs in the house to catch the Debate, I stayed in my same spot on the couch and kept watching. 

Even though the Phils were winning, I knew that I had to watch they entire game in order for them to really win.  Admittedly, I did go up to bed and watch the last two innings in my room because these 8:22 PM game starts are a little late for us teachers and basically anyone who needs to get up early for work!  But, I did have my rally towel in bed with me as I watched the Phils win the pennant!  And even thought I had the intention of getting a good night’s sleep, I could barely even fall asleep because I was so excited!! 

Laura
I was anxiously waiting for the start of game 5. When the Phillies had the night off between game 4 and 5 I didn’t know what to do with myself. Finally, the game started and once I saw J Roll hit a homerun to start off the game, I had a wonderful feeling that it was going to be our night!

As our lead continued to increase throughout the game I was feeling really confident. I started jumping up and down clapping when the final out was made and the team gathered around the mound hugging and congratulating each other. I almost couldn’t believe what I had seen. It had been a long time (15 years) since I had witnessed the Phils clinching the NL division, and I was soaking it all in. I think I slept that night with a smile plastered on my face. It is an amazing feeling and I am so lucky that we can all be apart of it!! I truly think the best is yet to come!! Let’s go PHILS!!!!

Janita
Well, yesterday was an amazing day!! I started my evening by preparing a new Phillies gameday meal called the “Phanatic Pasta and Chicken” dish. I’m not one to brag but this dish was amazing: chicken, pasta, green peppers, onions, 3 chesses, and black olives—you gotta taste it. Anyway now that our tummy’s are full my husband and I camped out on the couch and remained glued to the TV set. My heart almost fallout of my chest when Jimmy Rollins hit a lead off homer!!!! It was soooo awesome!!! That’s when I knew we had this one in the bag!! We are in the World Series and it just doesn’t get any better than that—Actually, it will once we win the World Series—Let’s Go Phillies!!!!!!!!!!

Justine
Wow, we did it! The Phillies have won the pennant! My night spent watching game 5 was filled with the hoopla of being a college student. After many offers to go watch the game in a setting full of fans, I had to sadly decline, for I had my very first mid-term of Junior year which would take place at 10am the next morning. Me being the procrastinator that I am, I barely studied and was left with multi-tasking between rooting on my Phils and studying for my Communicating Leadership test. Needless to say that didn’t last very long and by the 5th inning I joined my roommates at a bar/restaurant on campus.

From Jimmy Rollins’ first at bat of the game I just had the feeling that we were going to win. As Carlos Ruiz made the last out, the place simply irrupted! Screams of joy were let out and the place quickly emptied into the streets! As anyone does in a celebration as large as this one thousands of Temple Students poured onto Broad Street. Phillies chants were heard for blocks. People were carrying signs and waving rally towels. People were shouting from the top of bus shelters. It was pure insanity! But all for the love of the game of course!

Mobs of students ran up and down Broad St. chanting and cheering. Police officers had a strong presence, but there was no need for action for all of the celebrating was done tastefully! We started the victory lap at Cecil B. Moore and Broad Street. We then took the celebration to the center of campus at the well-known “bell tower.” From there the chant that filled the night was “To City Hall!!!!” Yes, Phils Phans I was among the thousands of students that walked the treacherous 3 miles from Temple’s campus to City Hall at 1am. However, this is a night I simply will never forget. I can tell my kids years from now that the night the Phillies clinched the pennant, I along with thousands of other Phils Phans made the victory walk to city hall!

From city hall we then continued on to Locust St. “Four more games!” was the chant that could be heard throughout the streets. For a moment I honestly thought we would continue down Broad to CBP.  Fortunate enough for my legs, we did not continue the journey. It was an incredible display of the heart that the city of Philadelphia has for the Phillies. Right now they are our “golden boys” and we are only four games away from that parade on Broad Street. I get chills just thinking about it, and I am so fortunate that I get to be a part of this amazing journey! This is our year I can feel it. As I reached my house at 3:00 a.m. I waved my rally towel one last time before realizing that I had to once again continue to study for my mid-term. Needless to say it was all worth it! And hey, we have waited 15 years for this, thigns like this only happen once in a lifetime in Philadelphia! Lets do it! LETS GO PHILS! LETS GO PHILS!

Lindsay

For Game Five I was at Fieldhouse with a big group of friends.  It was great, as we walked in John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” was blasting over the speakers and everyone inside was decked out in their Phillies finest.  It set the stage for one of the greatest nights of my life.  All of us were wearing our Phillies gear too and I made sure to provide some rally towels for those particularly exciting moments.  It didn’t take long before I was high-fiving strangers and hugging bartenders and Jimmy’s homerun was only the beginning. With the runs piling on and Ryan breaking out his bat, I settled into a table facing a a giant television to watch the final innings.  I kept my phone handy so as not to miss any calls from my dad who would simply chant “let’s go Phillies” and to exchange text messages with my fellow ballgirls.  All of a sudden it was the ninth inning and time for Light’s Out Lidge to enter the game. 

The last out wasn’t even recorded yet and already we were being showered with beer as if we were in the clubhouse ourselves.  Before long the moment I will forever remember had arrived. Chooch had the third out in his catcher’s mit and the celebration was on.  What followed, for me, was a shameless combination of tears and hugs paired with screaming and jumping up and down while trying to call home to my parents.  The text messages poured in and it was Justine who said it best, “pinch me”.  Was this really happening?  As a life-long Phillies fan, I was around for the 93 Phils, but I was all of 11 years old.  Now, not only was I celebrating my favorite team’s victory and trip to the World Series as a fan, but also as a Ballgirl.   Eventually, I was able to pry myself away from the TV screens and put down my rally towel since I would have to make it into school the following day.  However, the excitement that was contained within the walls of Fieldhouse was only magnified in the streets of the City.  For me, the celebration had to end but my plans for the parade down Broad Street have only just begun.

*Author’s note: I resisted all urges to replace “ph” with any words beginning with the letter F.

Gina

Wow where do i begin? THE PHILLIES ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!!!

Last night when we won the NLCS I was glued to my television. To be quite honest every single game this series I’ve been glued to the TV. School has been pretty intense in terms of the amount of studying I have to do, but NOTHING could keep me away from watching the guys dominate.  Don’t worry I made sure I studied when commercials came on! haha

The win last night just made me think about how lucky I am to get to be apart of this. Not only do I get this experience myself, I get to share it with fourteen other girls that have been more like big sisters to me.   I just keep thinking to myself “Oh my gosh, we’re going to the world series” Being a ballgirl has surpassed my expectations for any job.  If the salary beat being a nurse I’d definitely change my career :-)

I loved watching the teams reaction last night. They seemed so focused still even after the win.  They are ready for this World Series and we are ready to support them!  I watched the news this morning and saw that fans were waiting for the players to arrive at the airport.  I was so jealous that I had to be in class. I cannot wait until this series begins..I can just see the World Series logo being painted at the ballpark right now..I’m pretty sure it was in my dream last night….Ya Gotta Believe!!!!  LETS GO PHILLIES!

 

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I was at that ?93 clincher, too. 8th row directly behind first base, looking right down the line towards second. Had a closeup view of the rip in Kruk?s pants (he’s boxers guy). One of my all time best sports memories as well! I remember hanging out waiting for the payers to come back on to the field and at 12:30am, a good 90 minutes after the game ended, and there were still 40,000 fans in the Vet. thanks for bringing back such a great memory.

Wow. Reading all those stories brought the goosebumps I had during the game right back. I still can’t get over the fact we’re going to the World Series!!!! I’m so excited for game 1!!! I have a feeling we will be winning it this year. Hopefully my feeling isn’t wrong! =) lol. You ballgirls are so lucky for the job you have. It’s my dream to be a ballgirl when I get old enough. =)
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