Just got back from the parade and am waiting for the Phillies to enter Citizens Bank Park. I'll give you my complete thoughts on the procession later, but for now, good look estimating how many fans were out there. I heard beforehand that they were expecting somewhere around a million. I was never good at the beans in the jelly jar game, but I swear there were more than a million out there.
We had a nice commemorative section in the paper today. All of us -- Paul Hagen, Bill Conlin, Sam Donnellon, Rich Hofmann, Marcus Hayes, myself and more -- had pieces in there. But there seemed to be a common theme: memories.
There were a lot of great ones this season, from Jimmy Rollins' double play in the NL East clincher to Matt Stairs home run.
I'll throw this question out there: 10 years from now, what will your five lasting memories be from the season?
Here are mine off the top of my head (You can find a complete list here in my story from today):
1. Eric Hinske swinging and missing at Brad Lidge's slider.
2. Matt Stairs' home run against the Dodgers in the NLCS.
3. The NL East clinching double play against the Nationals.
4. Jayson Werth's three home-run game.
5. Brett Myers' at-bat against C.C. Sabathia in the NLDS.
Much more on the parade once I get a chance to digest my notes. Though I'll say this right now: the best costume I saw was a guy wearing the "Green Man" suit that Charlie rocked in the season premiere of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.