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As Philadelphia celebrates an unprecedented second straight NL pennant in its city, we take a look at what the bloggers and bards of the The Fightins' fiefdom are writing ...

Frank Fitzpatrick, Philadelphia Inquirer: "Suddenly, Werth, who hadn't much time to observe, strode to the plate with none of the studied cool that has become the hirsute outfielder's trademark. Six pitches later the awkwardness and, as it turned out, the Dodgers' National League Championship Series chances, had vanished. The Phillies' outfielder blasted a 3-2, three-run homer to the opposite field, deep into the right-field seats. It gave the Phillies a lead they would not relinquish in a 10-4 victory over L.A. that gave them a second straight NL pennant for the first time in their long history."

Todd Zolecki, MLB.com: "The old Phillies had heard about the ghosts of the past. They had heard about The Whiz Kids in 1950 and Lefty and Schmidt and Bowa and Bull in 1980. They had heard about The Wheeze Kids in 1983 and Macho Row in 1993. The old Philly wondered when the next parade would come, if it would come. But the new Phillies have a chance to take new Philly to a place few baseball teams and cities have been. They have a chance to win consecutive World Series. They can be the first team in baseball to accomplish the feat since the 1998-2000 Yankees, and the first NL team to accomplish the feat since the 1975-76 Reds. (Only two other NL teams have won back-to-back World Series — the 1907-08 Cubs and the 1921-22 Giants.) Big Red Machine, meet the Little Red Machine."

Jon Paul Morosi, Fox Sports: ""This team has an identity — which is a credit to ownership, to the front office, to Manuel and his coaches, to the core of homegrown players. And general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., in his first year on the job, added the right pieces ... The Phillies are a scarier team now than they were one year ago, and it's not hard to find the supporting evidence. Check the respective routes to the World Series. This year's Rockies were better than last year's Brewers. This year's Dodgers were better than last year's Dodgers."

Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Inquirer: "As the Phillies galloped and gamboled out of their dugout for the on field celebration they are making downright routine, the thought came with the tears in your eyes. We're looking at the best Philadelphia team of all time. Not just the best major-league baseball team, mind you, but the greatest Philadelphia team of any era, in any sport."

Bob Ford, Inquirer: "On the streets of Philadelphia, where losses have walked side-by-side more often than wins, city workers had thoughtfully greased some of the light poles in South Philly to prevent young men from clambering atop them as they had after the World Series clinch a year ago. Each greasing, according to the city is good for either five days or one rainfall, which ever comes first. So if the Phillies put themselves in position to capture a second straight title at home, there will have to be a regreasing effort. They should be so lucky."

The Fightins': (Caution: Language, plus a man falling off a taxi)

Dajafi, The Good Phight: "This is as good as it's ever been."

Dan Levy, On The DL Podcast: "The sooner MLB can set up what looks to be a star-studded series, the better. Sure people wrote about LA vs. NY, but the fans in LA don't even care about their team, so why should the rest of the country. New York and Philly are great sports towns, and great baseball towns. Sports matter more in these cities. And if you don't know the names on these teams by now — Howard, Utley, Rollins, Jeter, A-Rod, Posada — you don't like sports. This is a marquee event in sports. This series could have Super Bowl like publicity. After the lowest-rated World Series ever, could the Phillies and Yankees play in the highest?"

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