I got really emotional about the next Hall of Famer, none other than Brooks. As he passed, I yelled "I love you Brooks!" He heard me and said "I love you too, thank you so much for coming out!" I was speechless.
Drew shot this picture as Brooks was acknowledging me. That man means so much more to Oriole fans than other sports fans can ever fathom. He is always courteous and gracious to fans and I can't get enough opportunities to express my fandom and love to the greatest defensive third baseman in the history of baseball. I was so happy to be able to shout to him what I felt and to have him respond was so awesome, I teared up a bit during that moment.
One thing I did want to point out about the parade that was disappointing was seeing Tony Gwynn. He has been battling mouth cancer over the last fer years and seeing him atop that truck, you could tell the cancer has returned. I had read about it returning recently, but seeing his swollen face, definitely confirmed it. He has also regained a lot of the weight that he lost during his last bout with cancer (which took him down to his early career weight). It was really sad to see and it put a little bit of a damper on the parade.
That being said, I really enjoyed the parade. I know Drew and his dad did as well. Adam (my brother) told me that he enjoyed it as well. It was so awesome being able to see some of the Hall of Famers that I have only read about or seen on TV. Being able to have Frank, Brooks and Cal acknowledge us was really cool as well. Also, being able to say that you were waved at by Hank Aaron is pretty cool too, I'm just saying.
So, make sure you stay tuned to Drew's blog for his take on the parade and a look at some of the guys I didn't feature as well. His dad got a really cool reaction from one of them, but you have to keep an eye on his blog to see it because I'm not going to be the one to spoil it!