Philadelphia Inquirer & Other Philadelphia Newspapers Go GaGa Over Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series Title Win

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Newspapers in Philadelphia are celebrating the achievement of their Baseball team. The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays to win the MLB 2008 World Series title. The city had not won the most prized World Champions title since 1983. City of Philadelphia and Phillies fans had been hoping year after year that their team would give them something to rejoice.

The Philadelphia Inquirer had already featured the team as “CHAMPS” on their front page even before the presentation ceremony began. The Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joe Juliano writes :

After 28 years, and two days of waiting for the rain to stop so that Game 5 of the World Series could resume, the wait is over.

The Phillies are the champions.

Pedro Feliz singled in pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett with the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and Brad Lidge finished up a perfect year out of the bullpen by closing in the ninth to lift the Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies won all three games at the Bank to clinch the best-of-seven series, four games to one, and win their first World Series title since 1980. The fourth victory was the most difficult since the game had been suspended Monday night because of a cold, windblown rain after 51/2 innings with the score tied at 2.

Philadelphia Daily News says:

Go on Philadelphia, dream, and be greedy because anything is possible now.

The Phillies proved that last night in Citizens Bank Park when they beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, and won the 104th World Series.

It wasn’t quite 10 p.m. when “The Curse” ended.

When Brad Lidge got Tampa Bay Rays pinch-hitter Eric Hinske waving helplessly at that nasty slider, the Phillies not only became World Series champions but they opened the door to an endless possibility of encores for the Philadelphia franchises.

As Ryan Howard ran around the field waving that huge 2008 championship banner while a sold-out, frenzied crowd of Philadelphia fans sang in unison, “We are the Champions,” a quarter century of frustration, 100 combined seasons of heartache were washed into the Delaware River.

ESPN writes :

From losingest team to longest game, the Philadelphia Phillies are World Series champions.

The Phillies became the fifth team to come home tied 1-1 and go on to win the World Series by taking three straight in their own park. The Cardinals were the last to do it, in 2006 against the Tigers. Here’s a look:

Strange as that sounds.

Strange as it was.

Brad Lidge and the Phillies finished off the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in a three-inning sprint Wednesday night to win a suspended Game 5 nearly 50 hours after it started.

Left in limbo by a two-day rainstorm, the Phillies seesawed to their first championship since 1980. Pedro Feliz singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh and Lidge closed out his perfect season to deliver the title Philly craved for so long.

The next big event in the city will now be the Phillies parade, plans for which are being made since last Sunday after the Phills took a commanding 3-1 lead.

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