Phinally, we're winners

We’ve gotten a whole lot more tricks than treats from our pro sports teams over the past 25 years.

Today, on Halloween, it’s payback time.

Something almost unheard of will happen today in the city of Philadelphia. More than a million people will gather along Broad Street from City Hall to South Philly to salute the World Series Champion Phillies.

These kinds of civic celebrations have all too often been something we see on TV. In other towns. With other city’s fans rejoicing.

Some are better at it than others. New York City can do a pretty good parade. Then again, we also remember the New Jersey Devils holding their celebration in the parking lot of the Meadowlands.

The nation today likely will learn what it means to be a Philadelphia “phan.”

Our image precedes us. Let’s get this one out of the way right now. Yes, we booed Santa. The truth is he deserved it. He was a shabby St. Nick.

We’ve been known to be brutally tough on opposing teams, and even rougher with our home-town heroes, who all too often have come up short.

But today all of that changes. After 25 long years, we’ve dusted off the parade plans and are throwing a shindig that likely will set the bar for years to come when it comes to celebrating a championship.

How big a deal is this? They’re using not one stadium, but two. Both Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field will be packed as the parade of floats carrying our World Series champs snakes its way down Broad Street toward the stadium complex.

Tickets were free, available on the Internet. They were snapped up in a matter of minutes.

The region’s schools and business are likely to be largely abandoned today. Officially schools are open. Unofficially I’m guessing a lot of students – and workers for that matter – will be absent with a serious case of “Phillies Phever.”

Twenty-five years is a long time to wait. But we persevered. We continued to buy tickets. We continued to pack stadiums. And yes, we often continued to boo.

Not today. The curse has been banished. The drought is quenched. The sun is out. Even Mother Nature is cooperating. It is going to be a glorious day.

One fitting for a city of champions.