The ceremony at the Linc

At 3:27 p.m. the Phillies entered Lincoln Financial Field led by manager Charlie Manuel sitting in a golf cart with the World Series trophy. Players followed on foot.

Some high-fived fans in the lower stands, while others waved. Fans stood and roared nonstop as the players walk around the edge of the field.

The stands, usually packed with fans in green, today was an ocean of red. And there were no chants for the Eagles.

At the 50-yeard line, a podium was set up and Shane Victorino, Jamie Moyer and manager Charlie Manuel addressed the jubilant throng.

“I’m a part of you,” said Moyer who grew up in Souderton, reminding fans that he was in the stands for the 1980 championship celebration. “I grew up here, I lived my life here. I dreamed of winning the championship here in Philadelphia. “

Declaring that Christmas had come two months early, Manuel vowed, “We’re going to do this again next year. Brett Myers told me so."

-- From Terry Bitman