It's a tradition quite literally unlike any other: Philadelphia fans climbing—or attempting to climb—up greased light poles in South Philly after a huge win for one of the city's major sports franchises.
So when the Phillies clinched a World Series berth with Sunday's 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres, thanks to a Bryce Harper two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning that will live on in Philly sports history forever, you can bet the poles were being summited on the streets:
Randy Gyllenhaal @RandyGyllenhaal
Rain washed off the grease you guys <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCPhiladelphia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NBCPhiladelphia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ringthebell?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ringthebell</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/phillies?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#phillies</a> also go <a href="https://twitter.com/NHLFlyers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NHLFlyers</a> <a href="https://t.co/ec9JncFLp7">pic.twitter.com/ec9JncFLp7</a>
Sunday was a rainy day in Philadelphia, so it's possible some of that grease had washed away. Not that a wet light pole would be easy to climb.
But if you've ever met a joyous (and likely intoxicated) Philadelphia sports fan, you know that a little bit of adversity isn't going to get in the way of a good, dumb time. The City of Brotherly Love is partying on Sunday.