Baseball Is King Again in Philly

Phillies' success has taken focus off NFL's Eagles
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2008 1:06 PM CDT
Philadelphia's Pedro Feliz drinks champagne after the Phillies eliminated Milwaukee from the National League playoffs Sunday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Of his team’s playoff success, Phillies star Cole Hamels didn’t mince words. “Hopefully,” the pitcher said, “it will turn the city red a little bit more than it is green.” Green meaning the Eagles, the NFL team that’s long marked Philadelphia as a “football town.” But Hamels is right, writes Paul Hagen of the Daily News; the Phillies are reviving Philadelphia’s baseball faithful.

It’s an interesting dynamic because, as Hamels’ statement suggests “these two organizations don’t have the warm and fuzzies for each other,” writes Hagen, noting the spate of petty jealousies that have boiled over between the teams. But fans haven’t taken sides; they’ll flock to whichever’s successful. With the Phillies four wins from the World Series, “Philadelphia is a bright-red baseball town.”