2008 World Series

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Philly Celebrates Phillies

Hundreds of thousands cram streets in honor of World Series champs

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands lined the streets of Philadelphia this afternoon to celebrate the Phillies' World Series victory. Under clear, sunny skies, the city's famously ill-tempered fans were ebullient and well-behaved, the AP reports. “It's like Christmas came two months early,” manager Charlie Manuel said. Added pitcher Jamie Moyer,... More »

Philly Phetes Series Triumph

Thousands gather, mainly peacefully, to celebrate Phillies' first title since 1980

(Newser) - The streets of Philadelphia were mobbed with celebrating Phillies fans into today’s wee hours, with some directing enthusiastic violence at cars and shop windows, the Inquirer reports. Firemen responding to street blazes had to turn their hoses on uncooperative revelers, and sporadic looting was reported. Still, the overall scene... More »

Phillies Win World Series

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Phillies edged Tampa Bay 4-3 tonight to capture the team's first World Series pennant since 1980. Pedro Feliz singled home Eric Bruntlett in the bottom of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie and provide the winning run, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports. The two teams had to... More »

Brrr: Boys of Summer Brace for Winter

Phillies, Rays will resume Game 5 amid freezing wind chill

(Newser) - Baseball weather, it's not. When the World Series resumes tonight in Philly, the forecast calls for temperatures in the 30s and a wind chill below freezing, MSNBC reports. The Phillies and Rays will pick up where Monday's night's Game 5 left off: tied at 2 in the bottom of the... More »

Fox Vetoes World Series Day Game

Prefers prime time start

(Newser) - With all the late starts and later finishes plaguing the World Series, many are pining for an old-fashioned day game—including Bud Selig. The commish says he’d love to schedule an afternoon contest, if only Fox would let him. But the network insists on starting in prime time, when... More »

Bookies Call Game 5 for Phillies

Under Vegas rules, the fat lady sung at the bottom of the fifth

(Newser) - Game 5 of the World Series is stuck in a rain-soaked limbo in Philadelphia but it's all over in Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Nevada gaming ‘house rules’ state that a canceled game reverts to the score of the last finished inning, making it a 2-1 victory for... More »

Series Delayed Another Day

Forecast of high winds, rain, and even snow in Philadelphia pushes conclusion to Wed.

(Newser) - A forecast of high winds, heavy rain, and even snow in Philadelphia tonight moved Major League Baseball to push the conclusion of Game 5 of the World Series until at least tomorrow, NBC10 reports. “While obviously we want to finish Game 5 as soon as possible, the forecast for... More »

Rain Suspends Series Game 5

(Newser) - Torrential rain in Philadelphia forced the suspension of tonight's World Series Game 5 midway through the sixth inning with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Phillies tied at 2. Carlos Pena tied the score on a two-out RBI single before Evan Longoria lined out and the umpiring crew called for... More »

Howard Sparks Rout; Phillies Lead Series, 3-1

(Newser) - Ryan Howard homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 10-2, in Game 4 of the World Series tonight in Philadelphia. The Fightin' Phils are one victory away from capturing the second World Series title in franchise history. They wouldn't be here without... More »

You're Missing Out on a Great Series

The teams in this match-up make it worth watching

(Newser) - Nobody's watching the World Series, and this year, writes Gene Wojciechowski for ESPN, everybody's missing out. Both the Rays and the Phillies came from behind to get here. They’re both managed by colorful characters: One wears a Mohawk, and the other would “rather swallow a wad of chaw.... More »

Phillies Edge Rays 5-4 to Take Lead in Series

(Newser) - It took a while, but the Phillies finally beat Tampa Bay in the wee hours to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series. Carlos Ruiz hit an infield single—a trickler down the third-base line—with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth as Philly outlasted the... More »

Success Drowns Out Rays' Famous Razzer

Tampa's 'happy heckler' straining to be heard during team's first World Serier

(Newser) - Robert Szasz is one of baseball's most well-known hecklers but his insults can now hardly be heard over the racket at Tropicana Field, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Rays fan, who found fame as "the Happy Heckler" in the days when the team had sparse attendance, is finding... More »

Rays Even Up Series

(Newser) - Tampa Bay starter James Shields shut down the Phillies, and the Rays used a classic game of small ball to even up the World Series with a 4-2 win, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports. The Rays scored their runs on two groundouts, a single, and a squeeze bunt. The Phillies... More »

Phillies Win Series Opener

(Newser) - Solid pitching and a dose of power gave the Phillies Game 1 of the World Series tonight in Tampa Bay. Chad Utley hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and ace Cole Hamels pitched 7 strong innings in Philadelphia's 3-2 win, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Carl Crawford homered... More »

Howard/Price Matchup Could Make for Epic Series

Assuming Howard hits at all

(Newser) - The best reason to watch this World Series is that at some point, Ryan Howard will face David Price, and the game will probably be on the line, writes Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post. “That’s what you want to see,” says Jonny Gomes. “Power versus... More »

MLB's Young Stars Will Stamp Series

Both league champions are full of next decade's superstars

(Newser) - The recent woes of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays belie what could be a truly classic World Series, the New York Times reports. With 13 of 16 starting position players under 30 and each team's ace only 24 years old, the future of baseball could be on... More »

5 Factors to Focus On in Series

(Newser) - The World Series starts tomorrow night, with two teams that might not be so familiar to viewers. With that in mind, John Lowe, writing in the Detroit Free Press, has prepared a list of five players or positions that could be game changers.
  • Centerfielders: The Phillies' Shane Victorino and the
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