Jamie Moyer remembers the delirious Phillies fans swaying from light poles, climbing trees, sitting on shoulders, doing anything they could to catch a glimpse of the 1980 World Series parade.
Moyer was a teen who played hooky from school in nearby Souderton and waited inside now-defunct JFK Stadium for the victory parade to end. Mike Schmidt and Larry Bowa spoke at the rally, all while the crazed fans chanted "We're No. 1!" and celebrated Philadelphia's first World Series championship.
This year Moyer wants to ride one of those floats down Broad Street.
Moyer and the Phillies are four wins from championship No. 2 in the team's 126 years. If anyone can relate to Phillies fans' lengthy drought, it's Moyer, 45.
The two-time 20-game winner has never pitched in a World Series game, and the first one of his 22-year career will come for his hometown team. His parents, other family and friends from around the area will be in their seats Saturday at Citizens Bank Park to cheer him on.
"It's really nice to have this experience and have it in Philadelphia," Moyer said.
Moyer is scheduled to start Game 3. He can only hope the outing goes better than his first two of the playoffs. Moyer, who was 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA during the regular season, is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in the postseason.
He was chased in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers after allowing six runs in 11/3 innings. Moyer wasn't consistent in his lone start of the division series against Milwaukee and was lifted after four innings.
Moyer has the only two losses for Philadelphia in the playoffs.
"This is the only thing I can take out of it: The pitches I made, they hit. The better pitches I made, which weren't many, they hit. The poor pitches I made, they hit," Moyer said. "I picked the wrong time to do it, but my teammates picked me up. We won two series, and we're here."
Before the Phillies clinched the NLCS in five games, there was plenty of buzz in Philadelphia that Moyer shouldn't pitch in a possible Game 7. Manager Charlie Manuel was peeved Saturday by questions that Moyer might not keep his turn in the rotation for the World Series. Manuel is staunchly loyal to his veterans.
"Moyer won a lot of games for us this year. He's one of the reasons why we are where we're at," Manuel said. "He'll pitch against whoever we play."
World Series All game times are 8 p.m. except Game 6, which is at 8:30
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PHILLIES VS. AL WINNER
Wednesday....at AL team
Thursday.......at AL team
Oct. 27..........at Philadelphia*
Oct. 29...........at AL team*
Oct. 30..........at AL team*