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It wasn't pretty, but they did it. The Philadelphia Phillies are the 2008 National League East champions.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth with the bases empty and the score 4-2, Brad Lidge, who has not blown a save all year, gave up a single. Next batter, walk. Next batter, bloop single, runner scores. So it's 4-3, and Lidge gives up another single, and the bases are loaded.
Phillies' fans were pulling their hair out, screaming at the TV, and were thinking that it was over for today and the celebration would have to wait until tomorrow.
Then some guy named Jimmy Rollins makes a diving stop on a ground ball up the middle, tosses it over to Chase Utley for one out, who then fires it over to Ryan Howard for the final out.
The Phillies stormed the field, while the fans were going nuts.
Brad Lidge had found a way to get the save and keep his save record perfect.
As the Phillies celebrated, you could see that this wasn't the huge celebration it was last year. They had been here before and they knew what it felt like, so this time it was more of a "Yeah, we did it! Now let's go do it again!". They are more focused on the playoffs this year than they were last year.
So now that all the dust has settled and Phillies' fans hearts are slowing down, let's look at the road ahead.
How much does winning on the second to last game of the season matter?
Well now Cole Hamels will not have to pitch tomorrow and he can start on Wednesday. Also, it gives the Phillies a day to let it soak in and play a relaxing game before their series begins on Wednesday.
Speaking of Wednesday, who will the Phillies play? It's between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers. If the Brewers win the wildcard, the Phillies play the Brewers. If the Mets win the wildcard, the Phillies play the Dodgers.
Personally, I don't care who they play. As long as they go into the series pumped and ready to play, I'll be fine.
So to sum it up, things are looking good right now. The Phillies have won the division, have an extra day to rest and relax, and have given Eagles' fans a full day to soak in some football.
Life's good in Philadelphia right now, because the Philadelphia Phillies are National League East Champions.
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