Worth the Wait

It’s been 25 years since the last Philadelphia Championship. A lot of seasons have been played. A lot of games won and lost.

In a nice piece of irony, Philly fans had to wait an extra 50 hours to celebrate thanks to the hapless commissioning of Bud Selig. Twenty five years is a long time to wait, but I can thankfully say that it’s worth the wait. And all is forgiven.

The 2008 team puts the nightmarish teams of the 80s and 90s in the rearview mirror. Gone are the memories of Bruce Ruffin and Luis Aguayo. We no longer have to reminisce the days of Kevin Gross and Marvin Freeman. Even the Lance Parrish nightmare can be erased from the list of Phillies faux pas. This year, it is all about the Championship. Brad Lidge’s final slider made the past just that, the past.

The Cubs can live the life of the lovable losers, and Cleveland can ask “What about us?” But Philadelphians can now sit back in Lazy-Boys with a Yuengling in hand and a “World Championship” cap on the head. We no longer need to dream about what a championship might feel like. It feels great. For the moment, Philadelphia is “Titletown.”

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