I stayed in the newsroom for the final out. The Phillies beat the Dodgers and with that go to the World Series. There were so many times I thought this would never happen.
I plucked the cellphone out of my pocket and held down “9.” As Helaine answered I said the magic words: “Put another one in the win column for the Fightin’ Phils.”
One of the Phillies’ announcers used to say that. He’s gone from the team now, but the phrase lives on.
Helaine couldn’t stay to talk. Stef was on the other line from college. She’d been watching the game too and wanted to share the bottom of the ninth with her mom. Stefanie, do you know how good that made your mother feel?
I later heard Stef watched the presidential debate first. One for Helaine and one for me. Good child.
The Phillies open the World Series, probably at that really ugly stadium in Tampa, next Wednesday. It’s all very exciting.
Earlier today I asked Helaine if the Phillies’ season would be a success if they just got to the World Series? No answer. The pressure’s on.
4 thoughts on “To The World Series”
CAN WE SAY WHAT A BORING WORLD SERIES!
Aw some on, the Sox are down 3-1 in the ALCS … they’ve got the Rays right where they want ’em. 😉
Realistically, though, you’re probably right. In which case I will be rooting for the Phillies. No team from Florida deserves to be in the World Series, never mind winning one (you hear that, Marlins?!?).
Hey, the Trop isn’t ugly! On our many trips down to Tampa from CT for April vacation, my dad would always make the same lame joke: “They built the roof that way to keep the snow off…get it? Keep the snow off?” It was always an eye-roller.
I moved from CT to Tampa to go to the University of South Florida in 2004 and I’ve been a Rays fan since they started. I even went to opening day this year. It’s been really great to see our team have such chemistry and ascend to first from worst last year!
I wish you all luck in the World Series, and *fingers crossed* we’ll see you there!
It’s probably a lovely place, but it looks like a bus terminal.