A story in the Philadelphia Inquirer on October 29 discussed the postponement of Game 5 of the World Series and how area fans were dealing with it. One such fan was Shane Simon, a student at Hobart College who had hoped to watch the game with more than 20 friends at college on his 21st birthday – seeing his team win the World Series as his ultimate birthday present.
“So when the Doylestown native heard that the game wouldn’t resume until tonight, he retooled. Fewer friends last night, and basketball instead of his beloved Phillies,” the article states.
Simon made a quick change of plans and prepared for the next night.
“Everybody’s fully committed,” Simon is quoted in the article. “We have a good amount of students from Philly and the Philly suburbs, and we have to rely on each other for moral support. Up here, it’s a lot of Red Sox and Yankees fans.”
Ultimately, he did watch the game with about 30 friends.
“It was sort of a belated party, but it was one of the best presents I could have asked for,” he says. “After Lidge struck out the final batter, I went absolutely crazy and ran out of my room in Medbery and into the Quad, in the snow, and started celebrating.”
The full story about the delayed game follows.
For some, the Series fever breaks
Derrick Nunnally and Kristen A. Graham •Inquirer Staff Writers •October 29, 2008
The parking lot stood empty. Chickie’s & Pete’s approached library levels of
And while the chilly rain pooled yesterday on this unfavored land, legions of Phanatics contemplated tattered tickets, sleep deprivation, and whether their ordinarily scheduled lives would conflict with Game 5.
Whenever it resumes, that is.
Baseball’s best guess was this evening, which didn’t have the entire Phillies fan base clamoring with excitement despite its devotion.
“I went to a World Series already, so that novelty’s kind of worn off,” a weary Christopher Vitale said yesterday. “From 5:30 to 9 last night I had the time of my life, and from 9 on I was absolutely miserable.”
So he listed his ticket, and his son’s, for sale yesterday with no regrets, putting himself among the fans bound for a couch or bar stool for at least three more innings.
Some won’t have that opportunity. Jimmy Peak, a SEPTA worker, had his off days aligned with the World Series game days and watched Game 5, Part One, with friends in a bar. Yesterday, he was eating mussels at Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philadelphia and denouncing the series of decisions that placed Game 5, Part Two, squarely on his work calendar.
“I’m 31 years old. The last time they won, I was 3,” he said. “The next time they win, I might not be here.”
Shane Simon had it all planned. The Phillies were going to win the Series yesterday at home, on his 21st birthday. He even scheduled a birthday/Phillies-watching party for 25 friends in Geneva, N.Y., where he attends Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
So when the Doylestown native heard that the game wouldn’t resume until tonight, he retooled. Fewer friends last night, and basketball instead of his beloved Phillies.
Tonight, it’s game on. “Everybody’s fully committed,” Simon said. “We have a good amount of students from Philly and the Philly suburbs, and we have to rely on each other for moral support. Up here, it’s a lot of Red Sox and Yankees fans.”
The enthusiasm was not universal, perhaps owing to a long hangover from a long weekend at Citizens Bank Park.
“They partied the last five days,” Chickie’s & Pete’s manager Roe Ferriolo said with a shrug inside her extraordinarily deserted establishment.
The lack of sleep got to contractor Scott Kelly, who posted his ticket for sale after getting back late to his West Chester home from the drenched Monday night affair. Once the game was rescheduled from yesterday to today, he reconsidered and hoped the weather improved.
“I don’t want to freeze again,” he said.
Others were eager to take his place. People paid hundreds of dollars yesterday for a chance to watch the rest of the game.
“I’m playing in a men’s hockey game I don’t want to miss,” said Steve Dintino of Fort Washington, who sold his ticket yesterday for $425 – the amount he paid, plus $25 spent on parking and a cheesesteak. Sure, he could have opted out of the hockey game, but conditions Monday “really took the life out of me,” Dintino said.
Other fans mused on the provenance of the dire weather and the delay. A conspiracy drawing in the Almighty, Billy Penn’s curse, and Bud Selig’s weatherman? Some laughed it off. Others dreaded Tampa’s possible resurgence.
If there’s a game tonight, Phillies fan Michael Lovell will be awaiting the next development. He sat through every rain-sodden inning Monday and plans to be back.
“I didn’t mind sitting in the cold, miserable, wet, windy rain, because I thought there was going to be a payoff,” said Lovell, of Collingswood. “But this is like the Christmas morning that never came.”
And, no, he wasn’t taking the rain, or the snow, or the extended wait as a sign that the Phils’ glorious run will end without a championship.
“I think it’s just a fluke thing that happened,” Lovell said. “I believe in a
God that has a sense of humor. If there is a God, he thinks this is hilarious.”
Contact staff writer Derrick Nunnally at 610-313-8212 or email@example.com.