Halladay's fall classic

Cameras surround Roy Halladay after pitching the second no-hitter in postseason baseball history. (David M Warren/Staff Photographer)

A fan who witnessed Roy Halladay’s no-hitter Wednesday night<NO1>10/6<NO> tried to put the feat into perspective during the ride home on the Broad Street line. He couldn’t find the right words, and admitted Halladay’s performance had left him “speechless.”

“It’s a great time to be a Phillies fan,” the fan said finally.

It’s a great time, and a lot of fun, as Halladay would say. The pitcher’s achievement was another dramatic reminder of how lucky Phillies fans have become.

How remarkable was Halladay’s no-hitter? Only one other pitcher in the history of the sport had held an opponent hitless in a postseason game — Don Larsen of the New York Yankees, who threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

Even though the Phils won the Series in 2008, Halladay’s arrival this year added confidence. In 2008, fans hoped the team would win it all. Now they know it can. The expectation of dominance could be heard in the fans’ roar on every one of Halladay’s pitches, and seen in the whirling white frenzy of rally towels.

And thanks to the unusual start time of 5:07 p.m., many kids were able to witness this October miracle and gain a memory they’ll never forget. Some of them probably saw their parents acting like kids again.

It’s a rare thing in a fan’s lifetime, to enjoy your team’s consistent excellence. The Phillies have made the playoffs four years in a row. It would be a mistake to take this golden era of baseball for granted.

The postseason has just begun, and anything can happen. But this Phillies team is on the verge of proving its greatness, again.