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Scenes from a celebration

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(Check out my iPhone photography skills. Impressive, huh? I should stick to writing. I have enough trouble with that.)

Chan Ho Park apparently really wanted to get to the World Series.

The 36-year-old veteran of 16 seasons was easily the most committed celebrant in the Philadelphia clubhouse tonight. Park at one point stood on a table in the middle of the room and dumped a cooler full of ice on the head of Ryan Howard.

Pedro Martinez also enjoyed himself, waving a red t-shirt as he turned in circles on the field and hugging teammates he has only known for a few months.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity,” said Martinez, who well could be the World Series Game 2 starter.

Meanwhile the Phillies allowed fans to stay in the park (as I write this, there are still several hundred folks behind the dugout as 1 a.m. approaches) to enjoy the moment.

You know how most cities have police on horseback come onto the field to restrain any unruly fans? Philadelphia has cops on bicycles. Fear the Schwinns.

Discount this team at your own risk. The Phillies have a shaky pitching staff, but they have what essentially is an American League lineup that will be able to trade punches with even the Yankees.

The difference in that series — if it comes to pass — couldl be the rotations. The Yankees can line up CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte, The Phillies have Cliff Lee and … well …

Cole Hamels has a 6.75 ERA in three postseason starts and has been ragged all season. Pedro hasn’t faced an American League lineup in more than a year and Joe Blanton doesn’t scare anybody. The Phillies also have middle relief issues.

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That’s all for next week. For now, the Phillies are the first NL team with a chance to repeat as world champions since the Big Red Machine. That’s not a bad accomplishment.

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