Sunday, May 08, 2011

Phillies return to Sunday Night Baseball, with memories that will last forever from last week

First, a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!

The Phillies are on ESPN Sunday Night baseball again tonight. It’s déjà vu from last week when they played the Mets on the night time broadcast of the game. Last week’s result was a loss 2-1 in 14 innings, and anyone that had to be to work the next morning is probably still feeling it this weekend.

The event that occurred on last Sunday will be a memory for many though, not so much for what happened on the field but for the news that filtered through from fans getting phone calls and seeing what had happened and just announced on tv and radio and via text messages.

Fans in Philly finally made the news for some positive spin. During the game, the fans erupted in jubilant bliss, and started chanting, “USA, USA, USA.” It confused the Phillies players on the field, and probably Mets players too. The fans knew what had happened and it seemed like a closure of some sort for many to what had happened on September 11, 2001. The Phillies and the Mets players will remember this game too. It will be etched into their minds the first time they heard the chants and applause of the sold out crowd.

I can’t believe that this September will mark 10 years since one of the worst attacks on US soil that has ever have taken place. It’s a memory that will be forever etched in my mind. It was such a beautiful morning in the Philly/NJ/Del area on September 11, 2001, and to get news of the tragedy that unfolded, was almost surreal. It didn’t seem possible. It forever changed the country.

I happened to be listening to KYW 1060 AM news radio on my way to work on that morning on the way in, it was first announced that ‘a small plane’ has hit the World Trade Center, this was just after the moment that something really bad happened. I thought right away at what a terrible scene that something like that was, and just arrived at my place of employment and told a couple of my co-workers what I had just heard. There were tv’s where we worked, and within minutes everyone was gathered around the set and watching in disbelief as the events unfolded, and that this was not an accident and the sad truth that a jumbo jet liner hit the World Trade Center, and there were ‘more’ planes being hijacked in the air as the news started to unfold.

It’s memories like these that never leave you, nearly everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news of what happened on September 11, 2001. The US finally was able to track down the mastermind of the terrible deed in New York and terrible deeds elsewhere. In reaction, nearly everyone in the world agrees that the world is a better place without him.

The game tonight will probably not have as much of an impact as it did on the fans from last week’s game. The fans tonight will remember a game that they went to and hopefully the Phillies will win.

Last week, the whole world was the winner, a villain who is probably the worst hated person by not only us in this country, but for many of the population of planet earth that just want peace on earth.

On this Mother’s Day, let’s give thanks to Mom and again give thanks to the people who try to make us safe here in the best country in the world, the USA.

Tonight’s pitchers:

Hamels  (4-1 2.66 ERA)
Jurrjens (3-0 1.52 ERA)

The Phillies lead the season series vs. ATL 3-2 so far

Game time  8:05 PM EDT

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