Who cares when it’s not the Phillies? When it involves drugs: Out of a Failed Drug Test Came Team Unity for the Rangers [via NYTimes.com]
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“After almost a decade in which democracy ruled in the NL, Philadelphia is becoming the Yankees of its league: the king who wants more.”
Chase Utley refusing to let Philadelphia Phillies lose - Bomb ass article by the bomb ass Joe Posnanski [via SI.com]
It really is hard to fathom, but after 25 years of title-less seasons, of excruciating playoff departures and of heart-breaking losses, the Philadelphia Phillies, professional sports’ first 10,000-loss team, have now advanced to their second consecutive World Series by closing out the NLCS at home last night with a 10-4 beatdown of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, incredibly, the Phillies stand in position to do something that no National League team has done in over thirty years: successfully defend their World Championship. This quest will begin on Wednesday, October 28th, and it will almost certainly not be easy. All indications point towards a showdown with what was inarguably the best team in baseball all season, The New York Yankees, who just happen to play their home games less than two hours north of ours. Wow.
The Phillies going for back-to-back World Series titles against the New York Yankees of all teams? I mean, is this really happening?
All I do know is that this is going to be a crazy couple of weeks, and even if we get swept right out of the playoffs, the Phightins have once again placed an entire city on their collective backs and have reinvigurated the passion of an entire fanbase. The Yankees are about as strong a team as they come, and they are probably playing their best baseball of the season right now, so this mountain may be a bit too tall for even this team to climb.
But, hey, could you imagine if we went out and beat them??!! Because I can…
Oh shit, how did that get in there???
Peep these suckers. 103 diamonds: one for each of the Philadelphia Phillies’ victories on their way to capturing the World Series title this past season. Yup, they won it, the World Series, and now they are the defending World Champions. World Fucking Champions. World Fucking Champions that pulled off an amazing win today, capping off a memorable afternoon by coming back to notch their first win of the season after having trailed 10-3 in the bottom of the 7th (peep the FanGraph of the game here). Moving right along, here are some pictures of that hotness, courtesy of the ZoZone; as per usual, click on the pictures for a better look:
Will C.C. have the most pinstripes in Yankee history? – Maybe, or maybe not, but one thing is a definite as of right now: the Phils are 2008 World Series Champions. Bitches.