Philly fans celebrate World Series berth
Rejoicing faithful take to Philadelphia's streets in droves
PHILADELPHIA -- Though the Phillies were almost 3,000 miles away from home when they clinched their first World Series berth in 15 years, Phils fans were out in full force Wednesday night to celebrate."I wish we could go out and spray champagne on our fans," pitcher Brett Myers said after the Phillies defeated the Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium.
"I can only imagine what it's going to be like when we land, how excited the people are going to be and who's going to be there to see us," center fielder Shane Victorino said. "It's going to be a fun time."It was a celebration in Philadelphia for everyone involved. Red-and-white clad Phillies fans hooted, hollered and sprayed their beverages at McFadden's Restaurant at Citizens Bank Park. After the game ended, Philadelphia's local FOX station showed overhead shots of the city's streets, filled with overjoyed fans. The station reported that police had not encountered any major problems. "I'm sure they're celebrating," pitcher Cole Hamels said. "We'll be able to celebrate with them in the next couple days or so." Victorino had a message for the Philadelphia faithful. "We're still not done," he said. "This means a lot, but they don't want to stop here. They want a championship. They don't want to just get close. If we don't win that championship, they won't be happy. Be ready to go."
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Anthony DiComo, Matthew Leach and Ken Mandel contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.