As a father, yesterday was pretty tough for me.
My son is a Yankees fan in a major way. Last spring, we had decided that there was a good chance yesterday would be an important game and that we should be in Baltimore to watch the Yankees clinch the AL East.
It never entered my mind that the Phillies would be back home in Philly clinching the NL East while I watched the scoreboard at Oriole Park.
I wore full Phillies regalia including a bight red shirt and cap. I got a good number of friendly "Go Phils!" comments and even saw 2 other guys in "P" hats. The scoreboard operator kept us updated, and between the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings showed video highlights of the Phils scoring.
In the 8th, they showed the video of the Phils rushing the field and put "Philadelphia Phillies 2007 NL East Champions" up on the big board.
While I was overjoyed, the major feeling was RELIEF! We had finally made it. The long up and down ride of the season was over and we are ready to take care of business.
We clapped and cheered and high-fived and accepted the congratulations of the Yankee fans. While I wasn't in South Philly, I was happy yo be in a ballpark among the baseball faithful. I'm meeting some Hummer driving real estate sales man Yankee fan from Westchester county in the Bronx for the World Series in three weeks. I don't know his name, but we sat in Section 27- yesterday. I'm sure he'll remember the crazy Phillies fan. At least I think he will. He drank a few beers.