Champs, Champagne, Classy Moves
The Sherwin-Williams clock at Citizens Bank Park registered 10:10 p.m. when the Braves’ lost, ending their drive to the NL East title.
One minute later, Brad threw one pitch, a grounder to Howard. Ryan stepped on the bag for the final out, Brad pumped his fist in the air and the celebration was on. Players hugged one another, the sellout crowd remained on its feet waving MyPhilTV rally towels, NL East Championship hats and t-shirts were given to the players and Phillie Phanatic appeared with a white 2009 banner that will now join the others above Ashburn Alley. Oh, aerial fireworks were exploding.
For the third straight year, the Phillies are the beasts of the NL East. We now have nine NL East crowns. The first six all were settled on the road. There’s magic in Citizens Bank Park.
From the field, the players went to the clubhouse for the usual champagne and beer fun. That never gets old no matter how many times it happens.
One by one players appeared on the field to the delight of the remaining passionate fans. At 10:18 p.m., PhanaVision showed a video of Harry Kalas singing “High Hopes” and everybody joined in. That never gets old, either.
**Needing one more out, Charlie brought in Brad. Brad struggled during the season but he is needed postseason. It may have been the biggest confidence boost Charlie could have done.
**The fans. When Brad started trotting in from the bullpen, there were some low murmurs. But the closer he got to the mound that changed and a loud ovation took over. Phillies fans knew and understood.
**At 10:36 p.m., a group of players marched to the HK memorial sign on the left field wall. They shared their champagne with Harry and touched the sign, some pausing and lowering their heads. It was a true indication of the character of this very special group of human beings.
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