A City Goes Crazy
Non-fans got into baseball as soon as the Phills made it to the Championship round. I don’t really get much into sports until it gets to the newsworthy stage of the game.
At this point, the Phillies were going for a World Series run and the city threw a pep rally for them. There were fans all over City Hall’s Dillworth Plaza. Kids were sick from school with “Phillies Phever” in order to participate in the rally.
Everyone was so excited the city’s baseball team had made it this far. There was hope there could be a championship parade — the last time there was a Phillies parade was in 1980.
The Phillies went on to play the Tampa Bay Rays…. and they actually beat them in Game 5, winning the World Series in Philadelphia!
It was a wild time. People were emotional and celebrating in the streets, standing on cars as the cars were moving, screaming, hugging, crying.
The following Friday after winning the series, there was a huge parade down Broad Street which was attended by about two million people. That was the Friday that just happened to also be Halloween. Of course that was the day I forgot to bring my camera with me. It was insane on Broad Street. Everyone was wearing red, everyone was in the streets. What a fun day to be a reporter. I was exhausted. But not too exhausted to celebrate Halloween later that night. I found my camera later and put it in my purse… I had to continue blogging, of course! Read on for the Halloween revelry later that night….