Monday, October 27, 2008

Is Tonight THE Night?

It's been 25 painful years since the city of Philadelphia and their fans have been able to call themselves champions in any of the 4 major sports. Sure they have come somewhat close sending all 4 teams to the finals at least once per team in each sport, along with a few Semi-Final appearances, but let's be honest...none of those games/series were really all that close. The Eagles led once during their Superbowl match with the Pats but in the end lost yet another big game. The Sixers came out strong in game 1 of their last Finals appearance against the Lakers but wound up losing the series 4-1. The Flyers charged into the Stanley Cup Finals against the Red Wings but were sent home quickly by a big fat broom...that's right, not even 1 stinking win. The last Phillies team to play in the World Series was a bunch of over-acheiving jokers that put up a great fight but all we can really remember is watching Joe Carter highlights over and over again as his Series clinching dinger is still soaring into the Toronto night.

What we have here now though is something special. The 2008 Philadelphia Phillies seem like the team to change all that heartbreak and sports team agony that us Philly fans have endured for the majority of our lifetimes (the 30 something and under crowd that is especiallly because I personally was too young to recall the glory days of Tugger & Dr. J). These guys have a different sense of winning about them and they ARE DOING IT. My brother, myself and 2 of our friends went to the Eagles game yesterday and for the first time in a really long time, the Eagles took a back seat to the Phillies and the stadium went into repeated chants of "Let's go Philllies!", over and over again during the last 2 minutes of the game and on the way out of the stadium...really a great moment as you are used to hearing Eagles chants everywhere and at CBP instead. By the way the Eagles won too and are right back in the mix in the NFC! Last night's 10-2 thrashing of the Rays was awesome after 3 pretty close affairs where you were sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for something bad to happen. These guys are winners, flat out. They look to go 9-0 at home this postseason with Hamels on the hill to seal the deal and send the city of Brotherly Love into a frenzy. I unfortunately will not be able to take part in the madness as I need to be back at work tomorrow but I will make plans to attend the parade and take LOTS of pictures to recall the moment we finally WON. I don't want to jinx anything but these guys are ready and I llike our chances very much right now with the Big Fella finally slamming the ball around again. Time for Pat the Bat to get in the mix as he has been rather quiet these days....can't wait to see him charge the mound tonight!