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.