It was Game 4 of the World Series in Philadelphia when the “Kiss Cam” at Citizens Bank Park zoomed in on Brett Myers, masked as Barack Obama, planting a kiss on his wife, Jamestown High School grad Jill (Murphy) Myers, before 45,901 other fans.
The Myers clan joined Jill’s sister Jodi (a JHS alum as well) and their dad Dan (John McCain) Murphy in the stands at the Phillies victory. The faux-presidential hopefuls caused enough crowd buzz for the Philadelphia Daily News to pick it up as a news brief.
The Murphy family (including Dan’s wife Dee) have their roots in Philadelphia, where they lived before moving to Williamsburg 12 years ago. Dan described the opportunity to take his daughters to a World Series game with the Phillies playing a “bucket list item,” after the recent popular movie of the same name.
“My sister and I grew up in Chester Heights, Delaware County, and were die-hard fans, especially fond of the ’93 team,” Jill said. “Pete Incaviglia posters adorned our bedrooms back then.”
Meanwhile father Dan took credit for finding common ground between the two presidential hopefuls.
“The only issue on which they share a common point of view is that both want the Phillies to win the World Series,” said Murphy.
Brett and Jill Myers live back in the Philadelphia area, where Brett is a statistics professor at Villanova University and Jill is a teacher at Downingtown High School. Jodi Murphy lives in Richmond and is on the coaching staff of the University of Richmond Field Hockey Team. Their parents, Dan and Dee Murphy, live in Williamsburg and work in the area.