Cliff Lee was on the mound against the hated NY Mets and the game started off as many Phillies' game have started in 2011. Lee got into trouble early but got out of it. But Lee's pitch count was climbing. Finally in the 5th inning, the Mets broke the scoreless game to take a 1-0 lead. The game was actually quite boring and Cliff Lee was again not sharp. He was in serious pitch count trouble come the 5th inning. Then the Phillies started to get on base and even loaded the bases and then game got real exciting.
At 10:35, as the Phillies were trying to tie the game I got a text from a loved one that said, "Obama is making a speech in a few...But no one knows why or about what." Now, I have never told you all what my background is, you just know I love the Phightin Phils, but I have a degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration and love the world of politics. So to hear that the President is making a surprise speech this late at night, was very odd and I knew it was going to be momentous. I asked my loved one to stay up, as she was getting ready to go to sleep and she did. I thought to myself, maybe we were going to invade Libya or maybe the whole birth certificate thing was proven to be a fake and that Obama was going to resign. Never did the thought of Usama Bin Laden come to mind. Then she told me the reporters where reporting "a grave CIA op overseas" and they kept using the word "grave" then the name "Bin Laden." As all this is happening I am telling my section about the President's upcoming speech and that it is about Obama. People thought I was messing with them. Then at 10:41 PM, she sent "They got him." I said "Really?" She responded with "No other reason to call a press conf at 10:30" and she was right and as I thought, something momentous. As this is going on, the Phillies tied the game on a Ryan Howard R.B.I single, the crowd is going nuts and the word of Usama is spreading through the Bank quickly. You could see people checking their phones and then at 10:48 I got the following message "Bin Laden is dead" "We have body. DNA confirmation." As I am getting the message, thousands of others are getting the same message and the crowd goes wild. Chants of USA started ringing out through out the stadium. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A section by section getting louder and louder! I got the chills, I am getting the chills just thinking about it and typing this! During this you could see the players had know idea what was going on, then the Phillies put up two Phans in Team USA jerseys and the crowd went nuts. No joke, I am getting the chills as I write this. If you didn't see it, check it out here:
For those that have read my blog before, you know I have talked about some of my historical moments attending Phillies Baseball, from Game 6 of the 1993 NLCS, Kevin Millwood's No Hitter, Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, to Roy Halladay's Post- Season No Hitter last October, now I have another moment that will live on forever in my heart. I was with 45,000 plus of my closest family members, the moment I found out the man who orchestrated the worst act of war on American soil in the history of our country was brought to justice and the world no longer had to fear Usama Bin Laden.
In closing I want to thank all the brave men and women who are putting their lives on the line everyday to allow me to write this message. I want to also thank President Bush for laying the groundwork for this great day and President Obama for keeping the country on course and getting Usama Bin Laden! To quote Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com "Bush gets the W and Obama gets the save."