Friday, March 27, 2015

Partying like it's 1993

Phillies, Word Series, finally.

Partying like it's 1993

My God, they're never going to leave. They're never going to get changed, shower off the champagne stink, get on the plane and return to Philadelphia. It's been over an hour now and there is no sign that the Phillies are ready to leave the field at Dodger Stadium and head to the World Series.

There are a couple of hundred Phillies fans behind the first-base dugout. They're finally starting to go now, slowly. On the field, the players remain  -- players, coaches, friends, families, wives, girlfriends, kids, everyone.  They're passing around the big trophy they got for winning the NLCS and taking snapshots with it. They were showering each other with champagne and beer, but the thing has moved onto the sipping and gulping stage instead. They're all milling around, hair matted by alcohol, grins plastered on faces.

They share hugs. They wander aimlessly. The chanting is over, pretty much. The fans are now  pretty much gone -- mostly because the security people told them it was time to leave. So it is just them now, players and friends and families. The only witnesses are sportswriters frantically typing against deadlines. The only witnesses besides themselves, that is.

It is now approaching 1 am, Eastern time. A few players have gone inside, but only a few. It is as if they don't want it to end. And, well, who can blame them?

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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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