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The Ultimate Throwback Thursday: Remembering the 2008 World Series Parade

Oct 31, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT


Five Halloweens ago, we awoke as champions, and headed out to celebrate.  It was a perfect Fall day (even if it wasn’t, I’d remember it that way), and the streets were filled with joy, confetti, and Phillies red.  Some of us were drunk, some of us were sober… but none of us were sober.

The celebration made its way from City Hall to Citizens Bank Park.  Unable to predict that a parade of tens of thousands of fans would involve tens of thousands of fans, SEPTA basically shut down.  So, if you were like me and countless others, you made the walk down Broad Street, cheering all the way.   It was an epic journey where everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.

We arrived at the ballpark to take part in history, as decades of disappointment and indifference melted away to pure jubilation.  We didn’t know if this would be the beginning of something, or the end of something– it ended up being somewhere in between, I guess, but on that day none of those questions mattered.  The convertibles drove in, each carrying one of our heroes.

Pat Burrell brought Elvis (remember Elvis??).  Jayson Werth brought that beer fist thing.  Chase Utley brought the house down by cursing on live TV.  From that moment forward, we weren’t just fans—we were “World Fucking Champions!” It didn’t matter what brought us there (it sure wasn’t SEPTA, but I’ll get over it in another 5 years), because we were together and this was ours. (Also ours– Shane Victorino, 5 years before he would do it again for Boston. And don’t let them forget it.)

  1. JoetheSecond - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I know I told my story in the other thread, but I can’t help but remember where I was when Chase uttered ‘World Fucking Champions’ On a train, on the way home. I called my dad to let him know I was on the train back, and he answered “Hello? World fucking champion speaking.” It might have been the most bad-assed thing he’d ever said. God, I love my dad.

  2. repotorp - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Victorino was my favorite Phillie from that great era. Glad to see him win again, even though it’s in spoiled rotten Boston (…enough already with that fucking town).
    I do find some satisfaction in the certainty that Shane will be slightly let down at the parade in Boston when comparing it to the one on Broad Street. I mean, after eight parades in the last 12 years, makes me wonder if anyone will even show up for it.
    I still can’t stand that though… F Boston. I swear to God Philly is still cursed.

    • Scott B - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Yea fuck that city with their amazing team management across 4 sports and its ability to win every few years. What a bunch of dickheads, i cant imagine how much it sucks to win and be happy.

      • Jay D - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        geeeez youre probably someone who moved to boston and figured out how much it sucks to be a philly fan!!!!

  3. greg - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    actually the parade lined up past 20th St on Market. Pat the Bat was on the wagon starting there and Harry and others on the truck.
    it was the greatest day as it was a WS parade AND Halloween. people in costume drinking everywhere.
    Septa was horrible so i wound up carsharing and driving people to Manayunk and other places in the city.
    so great.

  4. Steve - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    How about that douchebag idiot in those SEPTA commercials talking about how much he loved, and still loves, riding their terrible, dirty and over-priced buses and trains? Jesus, they’re horrible.

    • wmcgar01 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      I laugh everytime I see it for that exact reason. Hilarious

  5. Lol - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    How has nobody posted the video of that shirtless guy on the lightpost that got beaned with a Grey Goose bottle.

    I was in NY at the time and that video was veeerrrrrry popular among my coworkers.

    • willh888 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      You know we probably drink too much when we can identify a flying liquor bottle on a low quality cell phone video


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