Richard Tocci

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Phillies Win The World Series

It's a great day to be a Philadelphia Sports Fan! After an unprecedented suspended Game 5 of the World Series, the Philadelphia Phillies won Game 5 4-3 in Philadelphia to take their second World Series title.

The last time the Phillies won the World Series was 1980. I live in Folcroft, a suburb of Philadelphia, and was in the 5th grade. We were all glued to the television for all 6 games of that series against the Kansas City Royals. The school even had a big poster setup on the wall to track the series progress, filled in with pictures and other items from all of the students. We went nuts when Tug McGraw closed that game, jumped in the air with elation, and Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski, and Steve Carleton finally got their well-deserved championship.

A few days later when the parade took place, those of us that went to school watched the parade on television -- our teachers were just as excited as we were. I remember that about 1/3 of the school was out that day. The next day, kids returned to school with notes saying they stayed home to watch the parade. It was a legal excuse that day to have "Phillies Fever".

Now, 28 years later, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Cole Hamels, and Brad Lidge took home the Commissioner's Trophy. It was a great night! My father called me, and we talked about the last time it happened, and how great it was to be a Philly Fan. I need to contact my brother, Eddie, so he can mail me a copy of tomorrow's Philadelphia Inquirer.

The parade will take place on Friday so I might get to watch it on the Internet.

Astros fans are likely fuming. Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett played a significant role in this series, and were traded to Philly from Houston this year in a trade to get Michael Bourn. Lights Out Lidge did his job tonight, something he hadn't done in Houston since Albert Pujols whacked a 3-run homer off him in the playoffs. But I think Lidge needed the change and it was obviously a good change.

Two World Series championships -- 80 and 08. Interesting, isn't it? Now it's time for me to shop for a shirt and a hat and overpay for both of them. Maybe I can get my relatives back home to pick me up a shirt and hat and ship it to me.

Now, we need the Eagles to win the Super Bowl....

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