This is the inside of the Lindenwold station of the PATCO Hi-Speed line at 9:20am. We had to wait in line 45 minutes just to get to the ticket machine. Thankfully, a train left every 6 minutes and, since this is the start of the line the train was empty when we got in. Three stops later, however, it was clogged full of people to the extent that the conductor was telling people that there was another train coming. I felt badly for people who had to use the train to go to work. If they didn't get on in Lindenwold, they weren't getting there. At the Woodcrest station we could see the line wrapped around the parking lot about 500 feet just to get to the building. Little did they know that when they got there the train would be filled.
The original plan was to take the Broad Street subway down to the stadiums, but we used our experience with PATCO to convince us to walk the length of the nearly 4 miles. It turned out to be a genius move, since later in the day the crush of passengers would cause SEPTA to suspend train service.
Me and my friend Carol, who made the train ride and long walk with me. She is now forever in my debt. Her boyfriend met us down there and gave us a ride back, so we didn't have to bother with any more congested train rides.
Me and "The Bull", Greg Luzinski, left fielder on the last Phillies championship team in 1980. He runs a Bar-B-Que place inside the ballpark. He signed my hat.
Phillies. 2008 World Series Champions. Just rolls off the tongue. I'm pretty sure they'll take the sign down before the first game next April.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins and the strange disembodied hand. Photos were hard to come by, with rally towels waving and people moving around. We had prime seats though, in the fifth row of section 131, behind the visitor's dugout. I have no idea how I wound up with them, other than the fact that I jumped on the Phillies e-mail offer quickly.
Pitcher Jamie Moyer. He grew up in Souderton, PA and attended the 1980 parade. He's the sentimental favorite on the team, partly because he's the oldest player in the majors (45) and partly because he's a great pitcher who almost always finds himself pitching big games.
After they made the rounds in the cars, the players made their way to a stage at second base where 9 players and manager Charlie Manuel spoke to the crowd. I had some weird boom camera device clogging my view, so most of my photos have a crane in them. This is shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
Those were the photographic highlights of our day, but this was by far the greatest moment of the day. It's Phillies second baseman Chase Utley in front of 40,000 fans and live television. You'll hear all about it soon, I'm sure...