I am sitting here on my couch at home, watching the Yankees/Twins game, and uploading photos and video from tonight's historic Phillies game.
Historic!! Yes - tonight Roy Halladay became the 2nd pitcher EVER to pitch a no-hitter in a postseason game. And I was there to witness it with Mr. ChickPhilA.
We found out Monday night that a pair of tickets were being over-nighted to us for the game - for free to boot!! - and my awesome boss agreed to let me leave work in time to get to the game. Mr. ChickPhilA picked up me and one of my other friends who had tickets from work at 4 and we were in our seats by 4:30, just in time to see the new 2010 season highlight video on the big screen.
We all know what happened next. After Scott Eyre threw out the 1st pitch. After Tugger's niece sang the anthem. After balls were thrown at the Phanatic from the Reds' dugout, Roy took the hill for his 1st ever post season start.
Roy took just 10 pitches to get out of the 1st inning and you could feel the energy everywhere in the crowd. Rally towels were flying. People were pumped (understatement).
Roy's 1st Postseason Pitch!
The offense did their part to put runs on the board early, and Doc kept motoring along - out after out after out. He even got a hit and RBI's!!!
Roy gets a hit!!
It was after the 3rd inning that I first started to think about what was going on - 9 up, 9 down. But I kept the thoughts to myself. It had started to rain, people were leaving their seats. We didn't move.
There was this cool faint rainbow that came out though, and as I tweeted - Roy + Rainbow = Awesome!!
Even after Roy walked Jay Bruce, breaking up the perfect game in the 5th, I still had a feeling we were going to see SOMETHING special. He ended up being the one and only base runner for the Reds the entire night.
After Lauren Hart sang "God Bless America" (subtle reminder that hockey season starts tomorrow), I could hardly stand still. Surely Roy will be able to get through the bottom 2/3rds of the Reds line up again.
The rest of the game - a blur - I did manage to get the camera out again though to capture some more of the moments.
I had the flip cam on hand and Mr. ChickPhilA recorded the last out. Got chills watching it over and over again on the car ride home.
I still can't believe how incredibly lucky we were to witness this in person. On the way home, JJ said on the post game that this is only the 2nd time ever in Phillies history a pitcher has thrown even just a complete game shut out in the post-season. The 1st time? Curt Schilling's gem in game 5 of the World Series in 1993. Crazy - I was at that game too, screaming my head off with my mom, dad, and brother. Feeling the Vet shake when Elvis Costello's "Pump it up" was blasting.
Citizen's Bank Park was shaking tonight, and it's only the beginning of another crazy postseason ride.
See you back at the Bank on Friday for Roy.2 (and hopefully a 2-0 lead in the series :) )