Brian Dawkins, Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino, the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles… and even Jayson Werth.
This past weekend Philadelphia sports fans watched an all time fan favorite, Brian Dawkins, cry at the podium of the football Hall of Fame as he delivered an expected heartwarming, passionate speech. B-Dawk rocked the coveted gold jacket which immortalizes football players for all of eternity. The Philadelphia faithful took over Canton, Ohio as chants of “E-A-G-L-E-S … EAGLES!” rang through the ceremony and surrounding area.
While Dawkins was being immortalized, over at Citizens Bank park, the 2008 “World F***ING champions” Philadelphia Phillies team was being honored, with many of the players on the ’08 team coming back for a legendary 10 year reunion. Shane Victorino became the “Cryin’ Hawaiin” as he also delivered a passionate speech at the park, officially retiring as a Philadelphia Phillie.
Brandy Halladay, the wife of the late great Roy Halladay, gave an emotional speech as well, as the team and city remembered Doc with his plaque being revealed by his good friend and partner in crime, Carlos “Chooch” Ruiz. There wasn’t a dry eye at the park or watching from home as Chooch revealed Roy’s plaque, kissed his fingers, and placed them on Roy Halladay’s face on the plaque, which will be forever enshrined in Ashburn Alley.
The city really must be in a giving mood because even Jayson Werth received a standing ovation from the fans at a packed house at Citizens Bank Park this weekend.
The weekend ended with over 40,000 fans in attendance at Lincoln Financial Field for an open practice, just to catch a glimpse of their SUPER BOWL Champion football team. Let me say that again, in case you read over it too quickly. Over 40,000 fans…for a practice.
With a historic weekend of reminiscing in the books, it made me think how special it is to be a fan right now in the city of Philadelphia.
The Eagles are fresh off one of the most historic Super Bowl runs the NFL has ever seen, and now sporting a team that many deem even better than last year’s squad. The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off an impressive 50-win season, heading into this fall as one of the top 5 teams in the NBA with two (hopefully 3 in Markelle Fultz) of the games top young stars. The Philadelphia Flyers reunited with an old friend in JVR to add much needed scoring to a young up-and-coming team. And the Philadelphia Phillies are currently in first place in the NL East, backed by arguably the game’s best young pitcher in Aaron Nola and best young hitter in Rhys Hoskins.
As the city rallied around its favorite players and teams of the past, it will be interesting to see what the city’s current young superstars and teams can accomplish in the coming seasons.