PHILADELPHIA — It was a sea of red, white, and blue as Phillies fans started converging outside Citizens Bank Park Monday.
Some got there earlier in the day to wait in line to shop for World Series gear.
Jon and Marla Coomes came all the way from Utah to see their Fightin Phils and say being here for Game 3 of the World Series is worth it.
"We paid lots of money. 'Is it worth it?' Yes! Definitely. Bucket list, absolutely," said Jon and Marla Coomes, Utah.
Some fans were setting up their tailgate party hours in advance of the game before they headed in to take their seats. Others were just there to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere, including Zachary Herbster from Sunbury.
"Just being with my friends, enjoying the festivities before the game, and catching up with old buddies who care about baseball," said Zachary Herbster, Sunbury.
Phillies fans have waited 13 years to see their team play in another World Series, and they believe this is the team that will make the wait worthwhile.
"I've been following the Phillies, and I've been here for the games most of the time. I've been taking my family. He's the only one playing hooky today. It's a great team. I love the experience. I love to share it with my kids and spend some time with them," said Danny Limongelli, Moosic.
"It's a team sport; it's not one guy. The Astros, they've got their big guy, their heavy hitter, but we've got a team of guys. They're having fun, they're playing together, and they're being cohesive. That's how we're going to win. We're going to slug them out, just like Rocky," said Bear Gatti, Bucks County.
Judy Hibberd and Esther Culvertson have waited 81 years to be in the stands when the Phillies take the field and are excited to feel the energy at Citizens Bank Park.
"It's crazy, absolutely crazy. We'll be as crazy as the rest of them. 'Did you bring your earplugs?' No, I'll turn the hearing aids off. That's what I'll do; take the hearing aid out," said Judy Hibberd and Esther Culvertson.
Unfortunately for fans, Monday night's game was postponed. They'll have to wait to cheer on their Phillies until Tuesday for Game 3.