Congratulations to the Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — That was just an unbelievable scene, and there are so many things I will never forget about what happened here in Philly. More than anything, it was just talking to the fans. Even more than talking to the players. I have been doing this every day, and tonight it was to the point that I would just walk up to fans with my MLB.com cap and I didn’t even have to introduce myself — they would just start telling me their stories. Some were in tears. I am kind of braced for the celebration-streets news, but overall it was just a fabulous scene as a baseball fan.

Here I am on the field as Jamie Moyer and grounds crew members behind me try to dig up the pitching rubber. It took forever to pry it up out of the packed clay. Then Jamie carried it around above his head like it was the Commissioner’s Trophy. It was his trophy. He earned it. He stepped on that pitching rubber how many times this year? Everyone celebrated in their own way. I just liked being out on the grass. I didn’t want to leave it.

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It has been a wild postseason. I started with the Cubs, and was instructed to stay with the Cubs as far as they go. They didn’t go far. Then I was with the Dodgers. Then it was off to the World Series, and the scene in St. Pete was a pure joy to experience for a change. Then this. What I love especially about our golden era in Major League Baseball is that we are spreading this around, spreading the love. Last year, the Rockies. There is always new excitement somewhere. It’s so different than the old days, when it was elite and even predictable.

Most everyone is leaving. I am going to stay here through the parade, might even ride in it. I will head back to New York City Friday night, then go to the Expo on Saturday to pick up my registration/bib number, and then I run the New York City Marathon on Sunday morning. I was sweating bullets the last few days wondering if I’d just lost my marathon because of the weather, but even if we had gone back to Florida I was safe. Now I can rest a little bit for it and carbo-load. It is just an incredible week. Sorry for the infrequency of posting here, but we have been cranking out content on a constant basis at MLB.com and that rules all…and some marathon training mixed in to keep it going. I’ll be back with Latest Leaders this next week.

Make sure you hit Jesse’s MLBlog, and check out the one we just launched for Colin Ballester of the Nationals. That’s Bally’s Blog, our latest MLB player. Shane Victorino was still blogging at last check, and I told Joe Blanton during the clubhouse champagne celebration that it would be great to have him back in the MLBlogs fold; he started the season with Big Joe’s Bluegrass Blog, if you’ll recall from his Oakland days. Thanks also to our buddy October Gonzo; he helped draw a huge crowd here, and all of you benefited indirectly from it. OG is wrapping it up, and yes, we’ll have more space to promote other folks now.  :)

OK, leave lots of comments and don’t forget to include your full URL so people can find their way to your blog. What do you have planned for the offseason? We plan to launch the NUMBER ONE HOT STOVE BLOG anywhere. Our Trade Talk blog shot to the top of all trade-deadline blogs on the Internet in terms of traffic, maintained by our 30 on-the-scene correspondents with each club. We’ll do the same for the whole offseason. You definitely will want to line that up on your blogroll and get the RSS feed; we’ll let you know when it’s live. I’ll be putting my MLB.com Gift Guru hat back on, and you will be sick of seeing me trumpet the wonders of the MLB.com Shop by the time the late December holidays hit. That’s me.

Congratulations again to the Philadelphia Phillies. Champions of the world in 2008. Wow.

- Mark/MLB.com

15 Comments

Good job, Greg. I loved that Top Ten List last night. Hamels was very cool. My favorite was: “I hope John McCain will start calling me ‘Cole the pitcher.'” And to you, Mark, good luck with the marathon! Load up on those carbs! We’ll all still be here blogging. I know I will. There’s never a slow news day in Yankeeville.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

10) Maybe I’ll get to be on Dancing with the Stars

9) Can I wear my cup in the off-season

8) The Rays collapsed faster than my 401k

7) How cool a name is Cole Hamels?

6) This must be how the Yankees used to feel

5) Is the Phillie Phanatic hitting on my wife

4) Seriously, how cool a name is Cole Hamels?

3) How can I celebrate when the nation’s economic output is the weakest it’s been since the 3rd quarter of 2001?

2) I hope John McCain will Start calling me “Cole” the pitcher

1) Now maybe I’ll get to appear on Leno.

Greg
Red Sox Ramblings – http://thevendahhh.mlblogs.com

Sounds good. I have DVR, so I can slow pause it ;)

Greg, thanks a lot. I’m in a PHI hotel waiting for parade in the morning and no tivo capability so will be typing fast. :) I’ll compare mine with yours. Thanks.

I don’t know if this would be a “ping” but I’ll prolly catch the Top Ten list tonight and post it for you here.

Though most Pirates fans wouldn’t be, I am overly enthusiastic about the Phillies 2008 World Series victory. The organization has built a pretty strong team, and I only hope their Pennsylvanian foes to the east will do the same. GO BUCCOS in 2009!
http://theburghblues.mlblogs.com/

The baseball season is over…NOOOO!! Nothing against pumpkins or turkeys, but the prospect of shoveling snow right now, counting down the days til’ pitchers and catchers makes for a long offseason.

By the way, only 103 days until that big day.

I’m relatively new to this blogging world but I’m here to stay. After all, meeting other passionate fans around the league is what it’s all about.

Thanks to everyone at MLB (Mark) for offering such a great meeting place and thanks to everyone for reading and responding to my blog.

I’ve been a ballhawk in Milwaukee for ten years now and look forward to the next ten!
I also look forward to blogging about my daily ballhawking endeavors for the ’09 season. Many roadtrips await me, many baseballs await me and many cool stories await you…so check it out!

http://thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com/

Thank god it is over, and the boys didn’t wilt when the pressure was on. Now, it is time to celebrate. I hope it’ll never end, but I just know it will. I hope the guys are just as successful next year.
I would like to congratulate the Rays for giving it their all this year to get to the World Series, and I hope that they will have continue success while facing the Yankees and the Red Sox during the next few years. I’m sure they will eventually get the brass ring at the end.
Please, someone pinch me to wake me up. :)
As for blogging, oh, I plan to keep blogging. I’m just hope there will be some interesting stuff coming out of Philly to blog about during the off-season.
Whoo-Hoo!!! PHILS WIN!!!

http://philliesredpinstripes.mlblogs.com/

Here’s a hearty “cheers” to yet another unconventional baseball season! With the season over, I’m at a loss (I usually get really depressed this time of year) but we at RSBS will keep writing — perhaps waxing poetically, philosophically and politically while the off-field action gets underway.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
(KEEP COMIN’ BACK!)

Too cool Mark.

I want to thank the Phiiles bloggers and tha people who have commented on the Rays journey through the playoffs. It has been a rush to cover and meet so many of you through comment and emails.

A huge Congrats to my buddy J C Romero. I do not like you so much today for beating my team dude, but love that you finally got the prize. Proud of the way both these teams went about their business and gave us an incredible show in the World Series.

I am not a bandwagoner, you will see and hopefully read more from me in the coming days and weeks.. Only 107 days until we start all over again.

Again, congrats to the enitree Philly organization from the top to the bottom. And to the players’, you deserve this honor…………………enjoy

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

I hope many of our regular bloggers will hang in there through the winter. Sometimes the hot stove season can be more interesting than the regular season. I know I’ll be blogging away as usual.

Steve T.
http://soxblog.mlblogs.com

It was a terrfic post – season. It’s sad to see this season come to an end. I’m looking forward to the Hot Stove Blog. Thanks Mark for all you do!!
~Skip
http://skiponsecond.mlblogs.com/

It was a terrfic post – season. It’s sad to see this season come to an end. I’m looking forward to the Hot Stove Blog. Thanks Mark for all you do!!
~Skip
http://skiponsecond.mlblogs.com/

It was an amazing series. I know lots of people were rooting for the underdog, but this Phillies team has so many solid players! Cole Hamels was fantastic. And I’ll be hanging around here for a long time too as a Padres blogger. Hopefully brighter days are ahead of us!
Kaybee-http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Thanks for everything this season Mark and all of the MLB Staff. What an incredible ride. Glad I was able to hop on at the beginning of the season. Thanks to everyone for supporting the Rant. I’ve only just begun. This season was practice…I’ll be around here…D

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