This week, our lovely boss Michele asked the ballgirls what we would do with the World Series trophy if we each had 24 hours to spend with it. Our answers varied from naughty (taunt Mets fans) to nice (share with young Phillies fans). As for me, I have two ideas… 1) Take the trophy to city hall and let every fan pay $10 to charity to hold the trophy and take pictures with it, and 2) Use it as a serving tray for a fabulous Phillies party. (I think the flags would make nice skewers for cocktail weenies.)
Here’s what the other girls had to say:
If I were lucky enough to get the World Series Championship trophy for 24 hours, I would share it with the kids that participated in our Parade of Champions recognition night this year at Citizens Bank Park. Each participant, aged 9 to 16 years old, was a member of a championship baseball or softball team in their respective leagues, divisions, or even states! It would be an awesome sight to be able to share with them an incentive to continue their efforts in baseball and softball. Who knows? If it really did happen, maybe I’d be instrumental in getting a future Hall of Famer an early chance to see a World Series trophy!
Would it be unsportsmanlike to have a four city World Series Trophy Tour that represents the obstacles that we had to overcome to become World Champions? It would only take a day. We would start off with a train ride to the city that never sleeps, New York. After we have spent some time in Queens (home of the New York Mets) reminding New Yorkers who the team to beat was, it would be off to Milwaukee. I’m not sure what there is to do in Milwaukee besides show off our World Series Trophy, but I do know that we would have to do the Laverne and Shirley opening song skit! L.A. will be our next stop and while again showing off our World Series Trophy we could look for the ball that Matt Stairs crushed to give us the lead in Game 4.
Our final destination would obviously be St. Petersburg, Florida. The plan basically would be to destroy every cow bell in the city because let’s be serious-there is no room in baseball for cowbells! And after a nice rendition of “We are the Champions” it is time to head back to the city of the 2008 World Series Champions!
I would love to just parade around town with it, holding it over my head, and singing “We are the Champions” (or that over-played but VERY emotional song by David Cook, “Time of My Life”).
I would make my students draw it in art class so I can have them hung up in the room all off season long haha. Then I might just put up a Christmas tree early haha and take our Christmas card photo with it-just like it was a member of the family
If I was to have 24 hours with the WS trophy, I would take it to school and show it to all my students. During the post season, my classes started off by having a discussion about the games played. We talked about who made some nice plays, who didn’t, who hit homeruns, etc. I would love to share it with my students for a day because they have shared this whole experience with me. I would also like to share it with my family. I am so proud of what the Phillies have accomplished I would seriously take the trophy everywhere; to the grocery store, to the King of Prussia Mall for some shopping, out to dinner, etc. The only rule with the trophy is that I am the only one allowed to touch it!
Schedule of Events: Debbie’s 24 hours with the WS Trophy
This is a weekday and my time with the trophy is from 12:00am to 12:00am.
Notes: A professional photographer, hairstylist and make up artist will be on hand for all 24 hours, all costs involved, including venue rental, has been offered as a donation.
12:00am – 5:00am: Private viewing of the Trophy for Family and Friends
5:00am – 6:30am: Preparation with Hair and Makeup, this will allow time for my husband to get our own pictures of the trophy….Kitty and Gizmo included in those as well!!
6:30am – 8:00am: Photo shoot with the trophy, family portraits and such…LOL
8:00am – 8:30am: Police escort to my place of employment. I added the Police escort because after having one on our way to the parade it just seemed right!!
8:30am – 1:30pm: Private viewing for employee’s of Wells Fargo. (Shout out to all my co-workers.)
1:30pm – 2:00pm: Break Time….I guess?
2:00pm – 10:00pm: Happy Hour Starts early….Celebration for the World Series Champs (of course they would be asked to come along), open to the Public. Location: Wharf at Rivertown, Turbin Hall. Admission is a donation of your choice (minimum of $100); all proceeds will go to the ALS Foundation.
10:00pm – 12:00am: I wanted to share the remaining time with the trophy with my family and friends, as well as Past and Present Ballgirls…of course I would need a team shot of the 2008 World Series Philles Ballgirls to serve as a lasting memory!!! Then I’d proudly pass the trophy along to……
If I could have the World Series Trophy for the day…First, I would put the trophy in the passenger seat of my car (probably buckled in because I wouldn’t want to risk it getting damaged). Then, I would drive down the shore to Mack’s Pizza in Ocean City and get a slice. I would sit on the beach with my pizza and the trophy and just watch the ocean. I know that this sounds a little random, but the beach and Mack’s pizza are two of my favorite things, so when you add in a World Series trophy, the moment becomes even better!
If I had only 24 hours with the World Series trophy, I’d do some traveling. I’d start off by heading up to Flushing, NY to stop by the Mets new stadium. Trophy likes to ride the subway. Next, I’d take off for the beach….in Tampa. I’d probably need extra SPF with that shiny piece of hardware by my side. Finally, we (me and my BFF WS Trophy) would shoot over to LA for dinner reservations at the IVY. Usually it’s impossible to get in there, but sporting bling like a World Series trophy gets you some serious street cred.
I would like to think I’m a pretty considerate person. So, I would like to make sure I share the trophy with the people that would like to see it most…Mets Fans! I would start in North Jersey and make way to my family’s home in New York. They are huge Mets fans and I would love to show them what they missed out on this season!
WOW! What an honor! This would totally beat me being able to spend 24 hours with my State Championship trophy for Track & Field in High school! I have a group of friends that are die hard Phillies fans…I would invite them over for a yummy celebration dinner probably made up of BBQ Beef Ribs, Smack ya momma Greens, and Jacodi’s favorite cornbread. Then they would get to take pictures with the trophy for their records. I would also go visit some local elementary schools that celebrated the Phillies by Painting their Schools red. I would let the students take pictures. It would also be an excellent time to talk about the importance of persistence and NEVER giving up! Lastly, I would have to get the cutest picture of my daughter in her mini Barak Obama t shirt hanging out with the World Series Championship!
I’m pretty sure that none of the ballgirls would complain about how busy we are during the season. We love our job, and appreciate all of the great opportunities it gives us. We spend our weeknights and weekends watching baseball games, playing softball, attending charity events, and making appearances at local schools and businesses. After a while, it’s easy to forget that working a 9-5 job, then driving straight to Citizen’s Bank Park and “working” until 11 p.m. and getting home after midnight isn’t normal.
So now the season is over (and even though we still have appearances here and there) I think we’ve all had that, “Oh my gosh, what am I going to do now?” moment. It’s hard to remember what it felt like to have free time before! Personally, I can’t wait to sleep in and spend more time with my amazingly supportive family and friends who allow me to neglect them for months on end. I am also fully committed to watching every episode of good TV that I missed On Demand. I know, it’s ambitious, but I think if I really commit I can do it!
Here are some of the other ballgirls’ plans:
Well, now that the Phils season is over, I find myself with incredibly too much free time. I sit on the couch aimlessly flipping through the calendar counting down the days ’til pitchers and catchers report to spring training! Although the off-season is a time for rest and relaxation I really find myself doing neither of those things. First off I am a college Junior, and sadly enough I can’t put school on hold. My off season will be filled with exams, papers, books, and more papers. But one thing I am really looking forward to doing this off-season, is taking superhero lessons. Yup you heard me, superhero lessons. See my house down at school got broken into and robbed twice within 9 days. My plan is to become a superhero and take down the bad guys one at a time! They won’t want to rob another house once they take one look at me! We will have to think of a good alias for me to go by. So as of right now I am taking suggestions!! Enjoy your off-season Phils Phans!
Now that the Phils are WORLD CHAMPIONS, my offseason plans obviously will not have any chance at trumping how seriously AWESOME this October was. But, I plan to travel home to California for Thanksgiving to visit my family and friends. I never get to see them (except when they fly across the country to see the Phils in the World Series), so it will be very exciting to see them all! Additionally, I will be avidly attacking the job-hunting world as my internship with the Phils is almost up! But most importantly, my offseason plan heavily involves sleep… and weekends off, like normal people!
Now that the season is over, I am spending extra time in my classroom catching up on everything! Things were so crazy in October that I barely had time to grade papers! Once I’m all caught up on my work, I will be trying to stay in shape in the off-season by practicing my hitting and fielding every day (INDOORS, on my new Nintendo Wii!). And of course, like everyone else, I will be catching up on my sleep!
During the Phillies season, I was too busy to go to the gym or workout as often as I would have liked. This off season, I plan to train for a triathlon which would take place next summer. On another note, my closet is overflowing with clothes and accessories, so I think its time to make a drop-off to Goodwill!
What will I be doing in the offseason? Preparing to get MARRIED!!! I still can’t believe I’m engaged!
The first thing I must do is designate a closet in my house that will free space from my own personal closet of all the Phillies gear I collected over the past 2 years. Jersey’s, tee shirts, tank tops, shorts, warm ups, bags, socks, etc….Anything “Phillies” is sure to fill at least one closet. Honestly, I feel like all my clothes have a red tint because that’s all I’ve been washing this past month!
On a more serious note, I have a few other things in mind for this much needed post-season downtime that should allow me to give 100% of my time.
1) Being the best Maid of Honor to my sister, Megan. I have a shower to plan and I’d like it to be one she’ll never forget! (Any ideas would be greatly appreciated…. )
2) Start working on my house, we have a lot of painting and decorating to do!!
3) Spending some quality time with my family, friends and Husband-the ones who supported and cheered us on all season long!
4) Relax! Looking forward to having nothing to do, of course until the season starts. Until then…I need to get to work!!!
I really can’t believe that it’s the offseason…when I turned on Sports Center the Monday after the Phillies Championship Parade, I saw only basketball and football highlights! Where did baseball go?! I guess the season couldn’t last forever, but I definitely didn’t want it to end.
During this offseason, I plan to catch up on some serious sleep. While the parade did seem to help with my Phillies Phever, I don’t think that I’ve fully recovered from all of the drama and excitement! Also, during the offseason, I plan to put together my scrapbook for the season. The pile of photographs, newspaper articles and other Phillies related materials that has been growing in the corner of my bedroom has reached its limit! I’m looking forward to putting everything together in a book so that I’ll always have something to remember this phantastic season.
I also think that organizing my Phillies souvenirs and items would help to cure me completely of my Phillies Phever…for example, I probably don’t need to keep my rally towel in my purse anymore!
I don’t really have big post season plans. Now that the Phillies have won the World Series and the season is over, I can finally go back to normal! Don’t get me wrong – I am not complaining! It seems as though the Phillies completely took over my life. My students will probably be glad not to hear me talk about the Phillies every single day. I am pretty much going to do the same thing I have been doing which is teaching and hanging out with my family and friends. I need to rest up these next few months because next season is going to be out of control!
During the off season, I will be taking care of the things I neglected during the final few months of the Phillies season; like other Philly sports teams. Up until Sunday night’s game against the Giants, I had watched maybe 4 minutes of an Eagles game this season. I couldn’t even tell you where my McNabb jersey was or where to find my favorite (and stolen….. story for another time) Eagles hat. Don’t worry, I had them both ready just in time to watch our Birds fall to the reigning Champs. So, my off season goal is to make it to both a Flyers game (Did you hear that Jim Jackson?) and a Sixers game (Doesn’t the Dance Team owe us something since we won the Summer Softball Showdown?) before Spring Training starts up again. Maybe even make it to a few playoff games in 09?
I’m also going to get a new car! Since the day I took off for Spring Training in Clearwater in March, I have literally been driving around in a death trap. My car will not go above 2000 RPMS without bucking like a bronco. All of you motorists who were stuck behind a white SUV going 40mph on Route 76 after a Phillies game,; yeah, that was me. The fact that I have had a broken car for the past eight months is not due to a lack of effort on my part. I have had dear Gladys (I name my cars) at four different garages with the result being one of two things: “We don’t know what it is” or “It’s something we can’t fix.” The latest garage told me, just this week that the computer needs to be replaced. Argh! So, I say to HECK with the troubled economy and fluctuating gas prices, I’m buying a new car! Actually, probably not a new one… or even a nice one…just one that can go the speed limit without having to first gain momentum by going downhill. Maybe I’ll just buy a bike.
1. In the offseason I plan on…
A. Visiting family members that I have not been able to see for a few months. You never know how much time anyone has left.
B. Figure out a dish that Jimmy Rollins can eat to make sure he is consistent with his batting for one season.
What are your plans? Leave us a note in the comments section and let us know!
If you live in Philadelphia, you’ve heard about the parade in 1980. And if you’ve lived here long enough, you’ve heard the story evolve. Every year that the Phillies ended their season without a World Series ring, descriptions of the parade grew bigger and better. After a couple of decades, what started out as a journalistic account turned into a confetti-filled fairy tale.
When the Phillies last won the World Series, none of the ballgirls were born yet. We’ve spent our entire lives hearing about the parade in 1980, so it would be understandable if we were a little disappointed. 28 years of build up is hard to live up to. Besides, the parade occurred on a Friday when the diligent employees of Philadelphia would be at work, and most young Phillies fans would be donning their Halloween costumes for parades at school.
We could easily have been disappointed–but we weren’t. Instead we had one of the most incredible days of our lives. We had the amazing opportunity to be in the parade, and to see the 2 million jubilant Phillies fans celebrating from our float. It was the kind of day that feels like a reward for every minor good thing you have ever done in your life, from flossing your teeth to buying watered-down lemonade from the children down the street.
Even if there’s another parade in the next 25 years, I promise we will still be talking about this one… and here’s what we’ll be saying:
I have never in my life seen that many people all together celebrating; it was such a great time! We were waving at people on the street, people in the trees, people on roofs, people in their apartment buildings, work buildings, even people in parking garages! Every last one of them came out to show the team how great they really are. It was so overwhelming, and it was something I will NEVER forget for the rest of my life. There is no place more deserving of a title than Philadelphia, and it is such a great feeling to be part of the organization that helped finally deliver in 2008. GO PHILS!
First off, I have never seen that many people before in my life! The parade was arguably the coolest thing I have ever been a part of. I was so happy because I got to see my family, who waited for me at Citizens Bank Way since 9 am that morning. I was nervous I wouldn’t see them because there were so many people but sure enough when we turned the corner my sisters were jumping up and down screaming my name! The fan support on parade day was phenomenal, and almost unexplainable in words. Congratulations Phillies! You deserve it!
The sea of red as far as the eye could see, the noise of the crowd, the confetti, the music, and the banners seemed like a dream. I honestly felt like it was something straight out of a movie. The first time “We are the Champions” played and the crowd sang along, my eyes filled up with tears. It was hands down one of the best days and one of the most unforgettable days of my life. I took more pictures than I ever could imagine. I can’t wait to one day tell my kids that I was apart of that 2008 World Series parade. The event was magical and timeless. Thank you Phils Phans for coming out and showing such incredible support! You made that parade a memory that will last forever!
To see and hear all the fans support was absolutely breathtaking. I have never seen so many people in my life and to realize all 2 million of them where Phillies fans was amazing. My favorite part was the people on top of parking garages, bridges, and anything they could think of to get above the crowds to see. The best one was a man dressed in superman hanging from a light post! Priceless! We truly do have the best fans in the world! I have to admit that this parade was one of the coolest days of my life. I will never forget that day.
The parade was unlike anything I’ve seen before. I was on the last float, and as the parade went down Broad Street, people filled into the street after we went by. It was a sea of millions of people. Even though almost everyone I knew was at the parade, I could not recognize anyone among the millions of people. It was a dream come true to be part of the parade. That was up there with one of the best days of my life. Hopefully we’ll have another one very soon!!!
It was an experience that I will never be able to forget because each year on my birthday I’ll be comparing it to the one I had in 2008. My birthday was on the 30th, so the day before (29th) the Phillies became the WORLD CHAMPS and the day after (31st) the celebration continued with the parade on Broad Street, a celebration that lasted until Saturday night-can’t compete with that. The passion and dedication the Philly Phans have for our sports teams really showed true this past Friday….2 million people packed into the city to show their support and thanks for a much needed Championship the team delivered after clinching on Wednesday night. It was an unbelievable site to see, people in every window, roof, tree, statue, and sidewalk, everywhere you looked there were Phans sporting their Phillies gear, patiently waiting to catch a glimpse of their favorite player(s) to show their support and thanks for such an amazing season!!
The energy and the excitement from all of the people of Philadelphia were indescribable during Friday’s parade. Everywhere I looked I could see excited fans! People were crammed into parking garages, hanging from light posts, and even standing on top of port-o-potties! I could not stop smiling the whole time we were going down Broad Street! I felt so lucky to be a part of such a memorable and meaningful experience. I am so proud of the Phillies and I feel so fortunate to have been a part of the Phillies Championship Season!
I can honestly say going down Broad Street in a Phillies Float was the coolest experience of my life! Seeing the fans all decked out in their Phillies finest coming out to support their home team almost brought tears to my eyes. It was so awesome to see a city come together and celebrate something we have all been craving for years. I will never forget seeing the sea of people follow our float from city hall until Citizens Bank Park. That day just showed that Philly truly does have the best fans in all of sports!! The parade is a day I was always remember and I only hope that we can all experience it again soon!
The night before the parade felt like Christmas Eve. I was excited and trying to imagine what it was going to be like riding down Broad Street, but honestly, I don’t think an individual could imagine the atmosphere and environment that the Phillies fans created that day. I have never seen that many people in one place before. It was a continuous sea of red that would never end.
Wheels tried to explain what it was going to be like before the parade and started reminiscing about the 1980 parade, but he said it was indescribable. Now I know exactly what he was talking about. It is extremely hard to find the words that can describe the parade that day. All I know is that the parade was probably the best thing that I have ever been apart of and it is going to be a great story to tell for the rest of my life.
Sorry this is a little out of order…We wanted to post it anyway.
Who would have thought that the hitting of Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton would help us secure two home victories in the World Series?
Probably the same genius that could have predicted that Jamie Moyer would be making diving plays, Ryan Howard would be making bare-handed catches, and Lidge would have a three-game vacation.
The point is somehow the Phillies are getting it done. They have taken a commanding lead in the series. They are hitting again. They are scoring again. They are playing great baseball, and the city couldn’t be prouder.
Maybe it’s the William Penn addition to the Comcast building, or Tug’s ashes on the pitchers mound, or maybe it’s just the talent and skill of a team that has worked hard and capitalized on every opportunity–but we’re winning the games that matter.
Of course, it’s not over. And for a city like Philadelphia, a win tonight would be far too easy. The team that has played “one game at a time” since August has at least one more game to go. This city has had its heart broken far too many times to think that this is it.
So I won’t say the “d” word (rhymes with best of me) and I won’t say the “p” word (happens on Thanksgiving). The series isn’t over, and the Rays are an incredible baseball team who has been counted out before. I will just say that I could not be more proud to be a Phillies fan, or more honored to have been able to watch some incredible baseball from the lines this season.
I will also say that something very special is going on in the city of Philadelphia. You can hear it in the “E-VA” chants when Longoria comes up to bat, you can see it in the sea of rally towels that make a snow of white fuzz fall onto the field, and you can feel it in the crisp Philadelphia air. It’s the feeling of hundreds of thousands of people starting to believe again. Starting to think, that maybe, just maybe, the tide has turned.
Perhaps this sentiment is best expressed in the now infamous (and totally grammatically-incorrect) slogan “Why Can’t Us?” I don’t have an answer, and I sure hope the Rays don’t either.
Around the Allstar break, the ballgirls put together a list of awards for our Phillies players. We decided to do the same for the second half of the season and we added a few new questions. Here are our results:
Who do you think is the Phillies MVP of September?
Honorable Mention: Brad Lidge
Who is most improved?
Honorable Mention: Brett Myers
Who made the most memorable play?
Greg Golson scoring his first major league run with a tight play at the plate against the Braves.
Which pitcher performed the best?
Honorable Mention: Jamie Moyer
What was the funniest Phillies moment?
When Jamie Moyer when he bunted the ball, ran into the umpire knocked him over, and continued on to get a triple!
Who has been best defensively?
Honorable Mention: Shane Victorino, Chase Utley
Who has been best offensively?
Honorable Mention: Greg Dobbs
Who do you think has been the leader off of the field?
Honorable Mention: Jamie Moyer
Which player do you think is best at Guitar Hero?
Honorable Mention: Pat Burrell
Which player has the best haircut?
Honorable Mention: Greg Dobbs
Which player do you think secretly watches The Hills?
Honorable Mention: Kyle Kendrick
If the whole baseball thing fell through, which player would most likely be a:
TV show host? Jimmy Rollins
A professor? Jamie Moyer
A comedian? Shane Victorino
A singer? Ryan Howard
What do you think? Leave your votes below!
Thank You Fans!
In honor of Fan Appreciation Day, the Phillies Ballgirls would like to thank all of the wonderful fans who supported us all season.
I personally would like to thank you all for clicking on my blog day after day, and for leaving me such wonderful comments. I know that without fans, I wouldn’t have a job, and I couldn’t be more grateful for your support and cheers this season!
I would thank the group of soldiers stationed in Iraq who sent the ballgirls fan mail earlier in the season. They sent us each a letter and a photo-print of themselves in their Army gear holding a huge Phillies banner with nice little messages written on them. I have the picture hanging up in my classroom at school. It’s just a great thing that the Phillies can bring people together like that.
The wave! I know it’s cheesy, but I always get chills and giggles when I see the wave passing through the Ballpark. Even when I’m perched on our ballgirl seat, I’ll throw my arms up and “woooo” as it moves through the crowd. Much like the Phanatic’s dancing, the wave stirs up an excitement and energy that’s contagious! Thank you to all you Phillies phans who dared to stand in front of your section with arms flailing and shout, “1, 2, 3, wooooooo”!!
If I could thank the fans for anything it would have to be for keeping me company at the games. The games are much more fun to watch when you can have a conversation with the person sitting next to you. However I will say sometimes those conversations get you in trouble. Being a ballgirl really does involve being able to multitask (i.e, talk to the fans and move your chair if the ball is fair). The fans make the games more enjoyable!
I would thank one family in particular…I worked a game and the family that was sitting next to me was awesome! They were cheering and laughing throughout the entire game! It was so nice to experience the game with a family who really appreciated the team and the ballpark. They also bought me hotdog and a soda in the middle of the game, so that was pretty nice, too!
I’d like to thank the Phillies fans for always having fun at the games and making the most of every game. Even if the Phillies were down 10 runs and the weather was miserable, there were always fans there, just happy to be at the ballgame. As a ballgirl, I can tell you that when there are fans there to cheer with and talk with, it makes every game fun.
I would like to thank all of the Phillies Phans for really taking the time to get to know us. So many times I have seen fans come up to us and be like you were the ballgirl that (insert cool thing here) ha. Or they will approach us by name and start talking about how they saw us at a previous game. I just think it’s really cool that our fans have really gotten to know us. Also thank you so much to all of the fans who have written us letters applauding the things we have done. It is a great feeling to know that you have appreciated the things we do, big or small. Building relationships with the fans has been one of the most rewarding parts of this job! Thanks for being the best fans in sports!!!
I would like to thank the fans that sit next to us for good conversation and many laughs. They definitely add a little something to the game.
I love all my Phillies PHANS especially the little girls when asked if they are future ballgirls they say yes with big smiles on their faces!! But I do have a special thanks to my season ticket holders down on right field line whose words meant the world to me at my last game–when they told me I was their favorite ballgirl. You guys are awesome… and I promise I will try my hardest to get you cup holders next season😉
During one game there was a line drive hit directly at me and with little to no time to react. I got my glove up to try and catch the ball only to have it reflect off my wrist. Normally in this situation the fans would boo us for making an “error” but the only thing I heard from the crowd was gasps of concern and comments like, “Oh my gosh, are you okay?”
The fans that were sitting next to me were so wonderful, they reassured me that one, there was nothing else I could have done and two, that it was certainly a foul ball…which was my main concern! The one fan actually ran up to a concession stand to get ice for my wrist. That meant so much to me and the ice definitely helped. He also told me that if there were any other balls hit in our direction he would get them for me. As soon as those words came from his mouth another line drive came right at me. I could have caught but he put his glove out in front of mine and caught it. He said, I told you I would get it. So thank you for being so kind and showing true concern for my safety, it really did mean a lot!!!!
Thank you for keeping it real! Whether it was how a player played or comments that were made to the media or even a hairstyle that myself or one of my fellow ballgirls wore during a game if you liked it or you hated it you let us know. I appreciate that!
I would thank all the Phillies fans for truly being the best fans in baseball. I think that was portrayed this season by setting the single season attendance record. Each game the fans would come decked out in their Phillies attire and cheer their hearts out. Working one of the last games of the season, I got to see the fans with their rally towels showing their support. It was so awesome to be down on the field and see the entire stadium going crazy. It literally gave me goosebumps. There is no doubt in my mind that Philly fans are the most loyal and passionate fans in all of baseball!!!
When the Phillies clinched the NL East in late September, there was a huge banner in left-center field that read, “World Series or Bust!”
At the time, winning the World Series seemed like a little bit of a pipe dream–like predicting the Eagles will win the Super Bowl when they haven’t started preseason.
Sure, there was a chance that it could happen, but there would be a hell of a lot of work ahead, and it would mean taking down some teams that seemed untamable… The Chicago Cubs, The Boston Red Sox, The Los Angeles Dodgers, and The Tampa Bay Rays. It would mean winning 11 games. It would mean that some of the hottest teams in baseball would have to lose 11 games.
For Philadelphia fans, it meant the unthinkable. It meant that for the first time in a long time the Philadelphia team would prevail; that there would be no disastrous downfall; that no act of man or God or a killer fastball would cause the team to crumble.
So when Lidge threw strike three in front of a packed house on the second day of Game 5, it’s not surprising that there was a short pause in the stadium before it erupted. A single second where everyone in the stadium held their breath, blinked twice, and tried to believe their eyes. At the same time, every Philadelphia fan was thinking the same thing… “This can’t be. This just doesn’t happen to us.”
But it did. It happened. The Philadelphia Phillies are World Series champions. These men beat the odds and finally gave the city what it so desperately needed–a National Championship. They stepped up, played their hearts out, and believed in their abilities when all of the commentators didn’t. That’s why these men will be legends in Philadelphia forever.
So maybe some day down the line Cole Hamels will throw out the first pitch of another Phillies team’s playoffs, Jimmy Rollins will do commentary on Comcast SportsNet, and Ryan Howard will have a stand at the ballpark that sells a mean tuna fish and honey sandwich. Or maybe they’ll just show up over and over again in the highlight reels of every Phillies yearbook and all of our best Phillies memories.
Either way, they’ll always be remembered as the team that redeemed a city. And in just 5 months they’ll be back to do it all over again!