YOU DID IT - you lucky-charmed, geared-to the-ears, keep-the-phaith Phillies phans!
You cheered the Phightins to the World Championship with your refuse-to-lose hearts! This is our time! This is our parade:
Phather-Daughter Die-hards: Kevin Sica and his daughter Amanda, 15, of Quakertown, Bucks County, watched the wet-and-dry ends of the Game 5 mini-Series at the Bank.
Amanda hugged Sica for taking her to a Phillies World Championship game just like Sica's mom had taken him in 1980, when he was 12.
They marched up Broad Street and will be at today's Phillies parade. "As any good parent would do," Sica said happily, "I am not sending Amanda to school."
Struttin' for the Fightins: Nick Nunn was so ready to parade, he didn't wait for Game 5 to end at the Bank. Brad Lidge was just starting the ninth inning when Nunn began Mummers-struttin' up and down Ashburn Alley, grinning, beer in one hand, making longer and longer struts from right field to left.
"We're gonna Mumm up Broad Street!" he shouted, giving it everything he had. "That's how we do it in Philly!"
Lindsay Patrick, a season ticket holder from Wilmington, cheered Nunn on.
"We've been waiting 28 years for this!" she yelled.
Broad Street Billy asked how old she is. "I'm 24," she said, "but you get the idea." They'll strut at the parade today.
Cole's Top 10: Series MVP hurler Cole Hamels read David Letterman's "Top 10 List" last night, including, "8. The Rays collapsed faster than my 401(k)." And, "5. Is the Phillie Phanatic hitting on my wife?" See Dan Gross' Philly
45,000 Close Friends: Lindsey Borda, 23, of Hammonton, N.J., spent Game 5 in the left field seats "screaming and praying to the baseball gods with 45,000 of my closest friends."
Then she danced in the streets. But yesterday, riding the PATCO train to her Center City job, the impact of what the Phillies had done hit her.
"I started crying right there on that crowded train," Borda said. "They were tears of joy, tears of knowing that you have been a part of something special."
Parading in Spirit: Phillies die-hards who left home for rival cities but left their hearts here will be at today's parade in spirit.
"I watched Game 5 at home with my wife, Melinda, and our girls, ages 3 and 1," writes Technical Assistant Jason T. Hutt, who grew up in Northeast Philly and now works at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
"Our girls were too young to understand why I was so excited or why I had tears rolling down my face as I watched the players pile on top of each other at the end, or why I got goosebumps listening to the rebroadcast of Harry's call of the final out. After Fox ended its coverage, I rewound the DVR and watched the last at-bat again. I'll be damned if I didn't start crying again." *