City of Champions? Tug Is Watching

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IOctober 29, 2008

Tonight after 3 and half innings, the Phillies and the city of Brotherly Love can be called something they haven't been in 25 years, CHAMPIONS!

At 8:37 tonight Game 5 will continue, and the Phillies will start the game off with the bats in their hands. Let's put all of what happened Monday night behind us and focus on what can happen tonight by 10 or 10:30. 25 years of pent up frustration will be considered the past to every Philadelphia sports fans around the world.

The only shame to tonight's game is that Phils ace Cole Hamels will not be available which was expected, but nonetheless the Phils bullpen is considered the best in the bigs will have carry the torch that Hamels left them. Fans of this city, if I know them like I do, will not have nails left to bit by the time the first pitch is thrown to whomever pinch hits for Cole Hamels.

Hopefully the Phils will let their bats do the talking and put the game away early so the fans can breathe and prepare their celebration for days, weeks, months, and yes, years to come. When we get the final outs in the top of the ninth, the bullpen gate opens and closer Brad "Lights Out" Lidge makes his way to the mound. As Lidge gets to the circle, people who were around in '80 begin to have memories of the man who brought them the teams last championship, Tug McGraw.

As weird as it sounds, the baseball Gods are with us. Think of this: Brad Lidge is number 54, Tugger wore number 45. Wait, wait it gets even better. The Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series in '80, and what year are we in currently......that is right, '08. It gets deep folks, or it could just be me thinking too far into this but I believe in omen's and the baseball Gods.

This team is special, why? Because nobody thought going into Spring Training this year that the Phils were going to represent the City in the World Series. Guess what? They did, they took us for a ride that we will never ever forget. It could happen tonight, the party will be like nothing ever seen before. The city will be lit up with joy and smiles that have been 25 years in the making. Let's embrace this Phillie Phans, because this could be the last time we ever experience something as special as tonight's ball game.