No matter what Husband says, I’m going on record now – I’m maybe the luckiest recent-convert-to-Phillies-fan ever.
This has been my history with the team.
August 4, 2005 – I go to my first ever Phillies game. I turn to two friends and mention I’ve never seen a grand slam, not even on TV. Bobby Abreu hits a grand slam shortly thereafter.
October, 2005 – I buy Husband’s birthday gift, an autographed Ryan Howard ball. At the time, I’m not sure why Husband has such a good feeling about Ryan. I give the ball to him on October 27, 2005, the same day he proposes (I maintain he did this to one-up me). I think I paid $40 or $50 for the ball.
Ryan Howard was named 2005 Rookie of the Year and 2006 NL MVP. The ball now sells for well over $200.
In 2006, the Phillies finish second in the National League East.
In 2007, they are NL East Champions. Husband and I were in seats in left field when the Mets finalized their epic collapse and Brett Meyers threw the final pitch of the regular season. I don’t think his glove has hit the ground yet.
In 2008, they are World Series Champions.
In 2009, they are NL Champions and return to the World Series.
May 7, 2010 Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher in history to pitch a complete game shut out at age 47.
May 29, 2010 Roy Halladay pitches a perfect game. It’s the second perfect game in Phillies history and only the 20th in major league history.
I’m a bit sad to think it would have been taboo of me to wake Butter. Things like this don’t happen very often, and I can’t wait to tell him all about watching the end of this game.
Tonight, I’m proud to be a Phillies fan. Makes that series shut out in New York seem like ancient history.
Husband wanted me to point this out – every time we own the Mets, we win the World Series. Every time they own us (aka 1986), they win. Repeat World Series for the Phillies this year? I think so.