She put a stranger on her shoulders at a Phillies rally. Now fans want them to get married.


It was an unlikely pennant win for the Phillies, and swarms of fans met the moment when they realized their long-suffering team was heading to the World Series for the first time in 13 years. They converged near city hallscreaming and hugging strangers in the crowd.

“I would call myself an average Philly fan,” said 29-year-old Jim Lindrooth, who was there with a group of friends that night, Oct. 23. “But the average Philly fan is a mega fan.” His band even recorded a song about Philadelphia sports.

Lindrooth and his friend Laird Frazier, 30, separated from their group in the crowd. As they searched for their buddies, they waded through the crowd, tossing cans of beer at the revelers. This caught the attention of a woman who waved at him for a drink.

As Lindrooth gave her a beer, she overheard their conversation about finding their friends. The woman replied as any self-respecting Phillies fan would, “Do you want to get on my shoulders?” she asked, then hoisted Lindrooth above the sea of ​​revelers.

It worked. Her buddies spotted it on her shoulders and headed towards her.

The interaction was fleeting but hilarious, leaving Lindrooth wishing he had taken more time to talk with the quick-thinking stranger who came to his rescue.

It reminded Frazier of “missed connections,” a Craigslist-era tradition in which romantic hopefuls would create a list describing a chance encounter and ask the object of affection to reach out if they’re interested. The next day, Frazier wrote a witty and shared the appeal to a Phillies fan club on Facebook.

“That was the last time Jim saw the heroine who literally lifted us up when we were down and helped us save our party night,” Frazier wrote. “This is where we need your help. We believe that this woman could very well be the future wife of my friend Jim. We don’t know her name, just that she was hot, thirsty, kind and tough – which ticks all the boxes for Jim’s ideal companion. Please help us find her so we can let this fateful interaction blossom into the love story that all Phils fans deserve.

He later admitted he wrote the post as a goof, assuming only a few dozen people would notice.

The blurb also featured a long-winded endorsement, including, “This is a real one-of-a-kind take. With Swedish genes and an undeniable sense of fashion (he wore a Phillies jacket and a Pokemon hat at City Hall if that helps), you’ll never want to look away. Jim is above average height and only 29 years old. He works in finance and can easily finance his future wife’s lifestyle, like every time she wants to buy a new pair of Crocs.

“There are a lot of references to James that I don’t think anyone really understands outside of our friend group,” Frazier said.

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Inside jokes did not deter fans. Thousands of people flocked to the post to share it, then followed the comments to join in the hype of the Lindrooth lore, creating fictional tales of Philadelphia-themed bravery.

“Jim once saved me and my whole family from a Delco Bear offensive. We owe him our life. #TEAMJIM, writes a fan.

Others claimed he delivered a baby on Broad Street, saved a man from drowning on the flooded highwayand performed other Herculean feats.

Within hours, 27-year-old Erin Sweeney stumbled across the story in a group of residents in Delaware County, where she grew up. She recognized a photo of Jim’s hat – a backwards Pokemon cap that stood out in a sea of ​​red and brown Phillies.

She turned out to be the Cinderella of the night and dropped a photo of Jim perched on her shoulders. She wrote in all caps, “JIM, I’M SO GLAD YOU’VE FOUND YOUR FRIENDS!”

By then, their brief meeting and hoisting had taken on greater significance, inspiring Philly fans across the city to become invested in their story. Some people were shocked that Sweeney surfaced and replied, “WAIT, THEY FOUND HER?!”

Fans pleaded for the couple to see each other again, and a radio host suggested on air that a sponsor send Lindrooth and Sweeney to a World Series game.

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Martha Agnew, who had been following the story on Facebook from the start, decided she could play a small part in the city-wide fairy tale. She was moved by the salutary effort to find Sweeney.

“We want to support the underdogs and believe in something positive,” said Agnew, 38.

She reached out to her boss, James J. McHugh Jr. of law firm Lopez McHugh, who agreed to donate his own tickets to the pair for Game 4 in the serieswhich will be played Wednesday in Philadelphia.

“Defying the odds is part of Philly’s DNA,” said Frazier, who explained that the city’s residents and his teams feel perpetually underappreciated and underappreciated. “For people growing up in the Philly area, it really shapes who they are.”

Frazier said the possible romance caught the attention of people who appreciated Sweeney’s moment of strength and kindness, as well as his amusing gesture of friendship.

Lindrooth and Sweeney, who met for drinks after work last week to discuss the saga, gratefully accepted the tickets. Sweeney said she wanted to recreate the seated shoulder at Citizens Bank Park. Some fans are hoping they’ll be featured on the kiss-cam – but Sweeney, who is single, does not want to be put on the spot.

She said she was “allergic to PDA” and would “pass out” if the pressure was applied. Onlookers continue to comment on the post, fantasizing about who would officiate a wedding on the day of the parade – but the couple just laughs it off.

“I would love it if I end up with an awesome new friendship because of this,” Lindrooth said. “And if it became something more natural, that would be nice too.”

They both acknowledged that seeing each other again would not be possible without the participation of other Philadelphians. Lindrooth and Sweeney described Philly fans as having a passion and authenticity that is not well perceived by outsiders. so impetuous. Sweeney said she thinks the Philadelphians are always ready to show their support for their teams and each other.

Frazier, whose playful Facebook post kicked off the episode, said negative reputation is a force that brings Philadelphians together.

“We know that’s not true and we support each other,” he said.

Sweeney agreed wholeheartedly — with a caveat.

“The dating scene in Philadelphia isn’t as promising as the fan base,” she said with a laugh.

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