Matt Adams made residents in Philipsburg and the surrounding communities tune in to watch the St. Louis Cardinals make their run to the World Series, eventually losing there to the Boston Red Sox in six games.
Adams, who is the first Philipsburg native and Philipsburg-Osceola graduate to play in the World Series, started all but one game at first base through the playoffs, and he often batted cleanup.
The talk of the town and the subject of many Facebook statuses and tweets on Twitter, Adams will be celebrated and honored on Saturday with a parade. It's being called P-O Proud Day Featuring Matt Adams, and will include his parents, Jamie and Lisa. The community is encouraged to hang red and white ribbons in support of Adams, and people can line the parade route.
The parade will start at 11 a.m. and go from the Cold Stream Dam down Presqueisle Street to North Centre Street, to Alder Street, to Front Street, to Presqueisle Street, to South Centre Street, to Curtis Park, to Philips Street and wind up at the high school.
"Basically, it was to let him give back to the community for the support," Moshannon Valley YMCA branch director Mel Curtis said. "He wants to show he appreciates what the community has done for him. It was [organized] by a group of people, a lot of which want to remain anonymous for different reasons. They just thought that Matt being as humble as he is...This is just a much easier way for him to do it."
"I think it's awesome that the town of Philipsburg is doing that," Adams said. "It shows how much sports means to the town and how every single person in the town of Philipsburg is a great person and very supportive."
The 25-year-old Adams hasn't been home for very long, and he found out about the parade on the flight from St. Louis.
"It's nice to be home and be around my family and friends," he said. "I've talked to a decent amount of people, but not too many."