I'm a diehard Phillies fan, always have. At the dawn of this season, looking at the forlorn pitching staff I boldly predicted a third place finish behind the Mets and Braves. Jimmy Rollins had it right, I was wrong. J Roll said they were the team to beat and he did it by proceeding to have a year unlike any any major leaguer has ever had. Listening to today's game on the radio while I was out scouting kayaking locations was thrilling. I used to have Sunday season tickets and thought about how I'd have been there had I kept them (politics was getting in the way of too many games).
The crowd was electric, cheered their hearts out and exploded when the New York loss became official. My cell phone rang right as Rollins got the big hit. What to do? I answered but couldn't say anything over the radio. Thankfully the caller understood.
It's been fourteen years since the last Phils pennant so these days are cherished. This is one prediction I'm glad I flubbed.