The rest of the Philadelphia Phillies followed, the team becoming one huge mass on the infield at Citizens Bank Park as the team became World Series champions.
"Why can't us?" Phillies fans asked.
Well, why not them?
"I've never felt better to be hit by a big guy in my life," Lidge said in a TV interview of Howard's tackle, which helped to celebrate the city's first championship in a major sport — baseball, football, hockey and basketball in 25 years.
The Phillies, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in a Game Five that had been delayed two days because of foul weather, had not won a World Series since 1980.
"It's over, man! I'm done," Jimmy Rollins said, finally able to exhale.
Here are phive quick but phab observations about the Phillies second World Series title in their 126-season history:
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