The Phillies are World Series champions again, for the first time since 1980. They were able to pull out a 4-3 victory of the Tampa Bay Rays in game five. The Rays played a terrific season, but did could not manage to go further against the Phillies in the seven game series. This is the fifth straight that the World Series failed to reach a game six.
It was somewhat of a wild finished as the end of this last game was played a couple of days after it began. A rain delay on Monday caused play to stop in the sixth inning and the weather in Philadelphia wouldn’t allow them to start again until Wednesday night. So in typical Philadelphia fashion, the fans booed to make sure Commissioner Bud Selig knew just how they felt after he called the game due to weather Monday night.
It’s been 28 years since the Philadelphia Phillies won a title and it’s been 25 years since the city of Philadelphia won a title or championship of any kind all together. In fact their last title the city was able to celebrate was the last time Rocky was champion. But now they can throw a Phillies cap on top of the statue that sits near the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Not for nothin’, but let’s give a little credit to their competitors. The Tampa Bay Rays were one of the worse teams in baseball one year ago. But today they find themselves just a few games away from the very best. They spent the last ten years of their existence as a bottom feeder Major League Baseball, but showing what they accomplished this year, and to take account for the youth of their team, I doubt we’ve seen the last of the Tampa Bay Rays going far into the playoffs.