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10/22/09 2:09 AM EST
Repeat celebration equally sweet for Phils
Pedro helps kick off NL champions' postgame party
By David Gurian-Peck / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Brad Lidge pointed one finger to the sky, tracking the fly ball that would end the National League Championship Series.
Lidge tried to answer questions about his postseason turnaround; he tossed a perfect ninth Wednesday and has thrown four scoreless innings during the playoffs. But he was being squirted from all sides. "It's unbelievable," was all he could say before turning around to seek cover. One group removed Martinez's NL champions hat to douse the 37-year-old midseason signing, who already has a 2004 World Series ring from his Red Sox days. Others in the clubhouse were concerned with this approach. "Don't mess up Pedro's hair," someone shouted. Martinez, though, wanted to ensure that this celebration was special. After all, he has said that he chose the Phillies because they could give him moments like this. He only got into one playoff game, but he made the most of it, throwing seven shutout innings against the Dodgers in Game 2. "They're very young and very thirsty," Martinez said of his teammates. "That's why I'm spraying them with all kinds of drinks and stuff. "I enjoy every single moment of it." The party spilled back onto the field, with the relievers carrying beverages out to the bullpen, Werth and others whipping out cigars and players' kids running around the outfield grass.At around 12:40 a.m. ET -- roughly an hour after last out -- Harry Kalas' rendition of "High Hopes" graced the loyal fans who stuck around for the fun. They had spent all week chanting "Beat L.A." and added a "Hit the showers" jeer of Manny Ramirez as Wednesday's game became out of reach, so there was no reason to go home. The Phillies, after all, had become the first NL team to win back-to-back pennants since the 1995-96 Braves, and next week, they'll try to become the first to win consecutive World Series since the Cincinnati Reds of 1975-76. "It hasn't really hit me all the way yet," said Howard, the NLCS Most Valuable Player. "It's definitely something special, first off. To do it with this group of guys makes it that much more fun."
|Year||WS outcome||Next Year||Outcome|
|2008||Beat TB||2009||Advanced to WS|
|1993||Lost to TOR||1994||Fourth in NL East|
|1983||Lost to BAL||1984||Fourth in NL East|
|1980||Beat KC||1981||Lost special Division Series to MON|
|1950||Lost to NYY||1951||Fifth in NL|
|1915||Lost to BOS||1916||Second in NL|
David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.