Postseason Papers: Yes, Philadelphia, your wait is finally over

Each October morning, the Stew will take a look at what they're writing about in the hometown papers of the postseason teams

It's been 25 years, but believe it or not, the city of Philadelphia has a World Champion once again, writes Rich Hofmann. As he points out in the column, somebody held up a sign in the crowd that said, "Yo Adrian, We Did It." Yep, Philly is back on top of the world right now. []

Last night felt like a dream, but it wasn't, writes Phil Sheridan. For Pat Burrell and company, it sounds like the reality of a championship was much sweeter than the dream. "We play in a tough-ass town to play in," Pat Burrell, the longest-tenured Phillie, said. "I'm proud of that. I don't think anybody in here knows this city and the way they think the way that I do. To be able to hand this over to them, this is as good as it gets." []

Speaking of Burrell, if this was truly his last game as a Phillie, it served as quite a storybook ending for a player who has been through the emotional roller coaster that only Philadelphia can provide. The outfielder becomes a free agent, and there is some question as to whether the team will bring him back. []

A little bit of Tug McGraw was out there on the mound with Brad Lidge last night, writes Marcus Hayes. "To be mentioned in the same sentence as him is pretty special," Lidge said. Yes, he knew he knelt where Tug's essence lay: "It's an amazing thing." []

Twenty eight years of Phillie frustration vanished in a heartbeat, writes Bill Conlin. The columnist also paid Charlie Manuel a nice compliment: Manuel was wonderful in the interview room — folksy, humble, feisty, a little bit country; a little bit rock and roll. He fenced with former detractors from his Cleveland days and was not afraid to puff his chest a little. Somebody asked Charlie if he was out to prove something to the people in Cleveland. "I wasn't working on trying to prove anything," he said. "Don't take this in a cocky way . . . I already knew how good I was." []

The franchise of 10,000 losses is a winner, writes Bill Lyon. []

The Phillies have provided a great example for the rest of Philadelphia's teams, writes John Smallwood. []

It's hard for Cole Hamels to describe the World Series experience, other than using the word phenomenal. []

Only in Philadelphia could a two-day rainstorm prolong a 28 year drought, writes John Gonzalez. "It was fitting, when you think about it. A parade is coming to Broad Street. It's only right that hell froze over first." []

The season is over for Joe Maddon and the Miracles, writes Martin Fennelly. "The end didn't begin with the national anthem. Someone sang "God Bless America" instead. It did not begin with an anthem because Game 5 of the World Series between the Rays and Phillies at Citizens Bank Park had begun 48 hours earlier. There had never been anything like what took place Wednesday night. It figured. There has never been anything like the anthem of the 2008 Rays. They sounded change all season long. They played their last notes Wednesday. It figured. It took more than two days to kill their dream." [Tampa Tribune]

The usually reliable Rays' pen came up a little short last night. [Tampa Tribune]

It's hard not to like Joe Maddon, and after reading this article from Joe Henderson, it seems like the rest of the baseball world feels the same way. [Tampa Tribune]

John Romano asks how Rays' fans should feel after this loss ... happy or sad? For his part, Stuart Sternberg, the Rays' owner believes the 2008 squad will have an impact for years to come. "These guys have created baseball in Tampa Bay, I believe," Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said. "I know it's a large amount to bite off and chew, but I don't think the region's 3-million-plus people knew what baseball could mean until this year. "And that's something that's going to stick now for generations." [St. Pete Times]

Gary Shelton wants people to try and remember the Rays' season as a whole, not just the final chapter. "Eventually, you will remember what they accomplished, not the one prize that went unclaimed. Considering the way the story ended, it might take a while." [St. Pete Times]

For the Rays, the focus now turns to how they can improve next year. [St. Pete Times]

Joe Maddon and company had planned everything out, and according to the Rays' skipper, everything went pretty much according to plan, except the Phillies got some hits they weren't supposed to. As for the condensed game, Maddon had this gem: "That's reality TV at its best right there," manager Joe Maddon said. "The heck with Lost and all those other things, whatever, American Idol. Start a game in the bottom of the sixth. If you want to keep the fans interested, just go there." [St. Pete Times]

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