It has been 15 long years for Phillies' fans. Does everyone remember where they were, what they were doing the last time the Phillies clinched the NLCS?
My dad and I were actually lucky enough to score tickets to the game through the Phillies ticket lottery. I was 13 years old. Being too young to remember the championship teams of the early 80s, this was my first opportunity to experience winning in the city.
I remember the entire stadium on their feet during the top of the 9th. And then Mitch Williams struck out the final batter of a 1,2,3 inning. The stadium went nuts. My dad and I high-fiving everyone is sight. An electric atmosphere, a moment in my life that I will NEVER, ever forget.
And now we fast forward to October 15, 2008. The Phillies are on the cusp of doing it all over again. Unfortunately Game 5 is in Los Angeles, but this should not take away from the moment. Memories will again be made tonight. Cherish the experience...in Philadelphia sports these moments are few.
And if for some reason they Phillies can't close the door tonight, well I will be back at the stadium for Game 6 ready to join the city in another explosion of passion and cheer.
Coach Reid Seeing Red: "I guess I'm a little like [fellow LA exile] Chase Utley . . . We grew up Dodger fans, but we're pullin' for red right now."