Before I even got to the ball park on October 29th, 2008, I had that feeling that so many others had that day: that this would be the day the Phillies finally bring a championship to the city of Philadelphia during my lifetime. I remember screaming and jumping up and down and saying out loud to nobody in particular that "They're going to do it. Holy shit, they're actually going to do it. This is happening." Then they did it. And we partied.
The memory that is most vivid to me is the subway ride from the ball park down to Walnut-Locust. The entire car was signing Queen's "We Are the Champions" and you couldn't find someone without a giant smile. I'll never forget the noise coming up the subway steps on to Broad Street. It was amazing.
Here are some photos I took that night. They're not very good photos but they're what I have from that day and they're some awesome memories somewhere in there. I dug them out today to take a look at them. Figured one or two of you might appreciate.
What a night that was. Do you have a personal memory that stands out?
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Updated: 7 p.m.
Flyers winger Matt Read will miss approximately a month with an upper-body injury suffered in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Predators when he was checked by Filip Forsberg. Sources tell CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio the injury is an oblique muscle pull in Read's upper torso.
The 30-year-old has six goals and four assists for 10 points through 27 games. Five of those goals came in the Flyers' first five games.
To replace Read's roster spot, the Flyers recalled Taylor Leier and sent Scott Laughton to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. That likely means penalty-kill specialist Boyd Gordon (back), who is eligible to come off long-term injury reserve, will be activated.
Leier, 22, has been playing well with the Phantoms, posting six goals and 14 assists in 22 games (see Future Flyers Report). This is Leier's second stint of the season with the Flyers, albeit his first was short — one game on Oct. 25 in which he was a healthy scratch. He made his NHL debut last season and played six games.
Laughton was a healthy scratch the past five games.
If for some reason Gordon is not activated, the Flyers can call up another forward from Lehigh Valley. Jordan Weal is tied for second in the AHL with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 20 games, while veteran winger Colin McDonald is an experienced, bottom-six option.
A popular food vendor at Citizens Bank Park who supports the white nationalist movement has been fired.
Aramark, which operates food concessions at Citizens Bank Park, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that Emily Youcis is no longer employed after "publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values."
Youcis, aka "Pistachio Girl," tweeted Monday that she was let go last week.
Youcis was involved in a tussle last month outside the conference of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist group. Youcis tried to interview protesters, asking questions like: "Do you hate white people?" A protester spray-painted Youcis' hair and a photographer was bloodied. Some protesters were taken into police custody.
The conference drew headlines after some attendees evoked Adolf Hitler's Third Reich with cries of "Heil Trump" and use of the Nazi salute.
CSNPhilly.com added to this report.