10/16/08 12:50 AM ET
Show Phillies pride with champs gear
MLB.com has great items for sale honoring NL pennant winners
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
With those words from the legendary Harry Kalas, the celebration scene unfolded on the Dodger Stadium field on Wednesday night, and the rush was on for Phillies fans to commemorate their first World Series appearance since 1993.
Raise your new stein high if you've been waiting a long time for this. It was Phillies 5, Dodgers 1 in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series, and now there's a whole week for manager Charlie Manuel's crew to soak up the moment before the 104th Fall Classic gets under way on the road against either Tampa Bay or Boston.
"We got one more step, and then we're going to take our grand parade," the manager said during the clubhouse champagne celebration.
Bring on all that authentic NL champions gear like the shirts and caps the Phillies were wearing right after closer Brad Lidge got Nomar Garciaparra to pop foul to catcher Carlos Ruiz for the big moment. There was no Internet to instantly buy things like the last time this franchise got to enjoy such a celebration scene.
Bring on that Highland Mint 2008 NL Champions Gold Coin. It's $29.99, it's 24-karat and it's a limited-edition minting of 5,000. There's also a breathtaking Coin Photo Mint, just for this occasion, at $89.99.
Bring on that 2008 World Series Therma Base Premier Jacket and all that NL Champs Outerwear, because it could get a little chilly when Game 3 of the Fall Classic comes to beautiful Citizens Bank Park later this month.
If you've ever wanted to wear exactly what your favorite team wears, now is the time. There's an authentic Therma Base Tech Fleece from Majestic Athletic, and it features the official World Series logo patch on the left sleeve. Get that now for $64.99, because it leaves the warehouse in two to four full business days, and you can rush shipping and have it for the best sporting event invented. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and friends will be wearing this item over the next week, preparing for the World Series.
All that official World Series merchandise is just waiting for you. So is a bat that Howard signed or maybe you would prefer a Louisville Slugger hand-signed by members of the 1980 Phillies World Series champs.
That was the last time the Phillies won it all. Right now, there is reason for many people to hope that it could happen again. You might even want to order both of those bats, as a way to connect the two eras.
This is a year of more women's pennant-winning gear than before. How about a pre-shrunk blue hoody from Antigua? Think you've got the ultimate customized jersey right now? How about one with the World Series patch? Or just order the World Series patch for $15.99 and sew like the wind.
Someone is going to be sleeping under a 48-by-60-inch tapestry, and someone is going to hang it on a wall. This heirloom-quality fabric from Northwest says in beautiful color: "2008 PHILLIES NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS."
"The Phillies are the National League champions!"
It's been a long time since anyone said that, and this time there is a way to commemorate it instantly, in the comfort of your home or at the office. There's a World Series coming to Citizens Bank Park, and the celebration is under way.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.