Phillies win 1st World Series in almost 30 years
In a perfect 'Phinally', the Philadelphia Phillies won their first championship in almost 30 years last night despite the delays to get the game finished.
Game 5 was delayed by two days due to heavy rain, but the Philadelphia Phillies won a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Philadelphia.
Pedro Feliz brought home the winning run in the seventh inning for Philadelphia.
Lidge also completed a perfect 2008 campaign, converting all 41 saves in the regular season and seven in the playoffs.
"It's perfection shared with everybody else in here," Lidge said while getting a champagne shower in the clubhouse. "Without them, it couldn't happen."
Tampa Bay threatened to tie the game in the ninth as pinch-runner Fernando Perez stole second. However, Lidge got Ben Zobrist to line out to right and then struck out pinch-hitter Eric Hinske to close out the game.
Even general manager Pat Gillick said he thought Lidge was due for a blown save.
"I thought the law of averages would catch up with our closer tonight, but he hung in there and did a great job," said Gillick, who guided the Toronto Blue Jays to consecutive World Series titles in the early 1990s.
There were of course many celebrations over the win, as the Philies last won in 1980 against the Kansas City Royals.
The Rays and Phillies were tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but umpires put a halt to Monday's contest shortly after Rays first baseman Carlos Pena singled home B.J. Upton from second base with the tying run.
The teams finished playing Wednesday following the first suspension of a game in Series history.
"It was a crazy way to win it with a suspended game, but we did, and it's over, and we're very excited," said 45-year-old Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer said. "It has been a long wait, but it's worth it."
However, despite the celebrations of the win, there were some riots in the streets.
One blogger was there describing the events in real time and following the Phillies parade route.
ABOUT 1 A.M.
Phone about to run out of batteries. Twitter feed coming to slow stop. If you're out here, be safe. Congrats everyone about 6 hours ago from txt
Heads up for flying shoes. Better than beer bottles. about 6 hours ago from txt
Police did just put out another fire though. about 6 hours ago from txt
The police seem to be taking a 'hands off approach'... I've seen people scolded but no arrests about 6 hours ago from txt
Another fire. Two at once near broad and samson about 6 hours ago from txt
Good thing there are no cars here. "phillies phillies!" about 6 hours ago from txt
Sparklers, fire and fireworks. People running with sticks. Downed sign posts, newsstands, benches. This is more like a riot. about 6 hours ago from txt
Heads up. They're throwing bottles. about 6 hours ago from txt
I can't get close enough to see if the guy is okay. Here come the firetrucks and ambulances. about 6 hours ago from txt
He dropped! All the way to the street. Not sure if he landed in the fire. Not sure if he's ok. The crowd is cheering about 7 hours ago from txt
Large bonfire at samson and broad. A fan is standing at the edge of the traffic pole... Dangling above the fire about 7 hours ago from txt
Mob tore down street sign. Now trying to take down Samson and Broad traffic light about 7 hours ago from txt
Fans are jumping in front of cameras. The "lets go phillies" chant has turned into "usa! Usa!" about 7 hours ago from txt
The street is covered in newspapers and broken bottles. There is a constant cheer overhead. about 7 hours ago from txt
Some man seems to have fallen off a new york times newsstand. His leg is hurt. Friends are taking care of hom about 7 hours ago from txt
They set fire to the plotted plant and started jumping over it. One guy fell in the flames and scrambled out just in time. about 7 hours ago from txt
A small mob just took out a giant potted plant. A couple of guys broke a street sign pole from the cement about 7 hours ago from txt
If you're out here - watch for broken bottles, firework sparks from overhead, beer spray, guys falling from trees ... about 7 hours ago from txt
Looks like someone, or a group of someones, took out a bench. Splinters and planks are all that's left. about 7 hours ago from txt
People are setting fireworks off overhead. about 7 hours ago from txt
Fans just shook a man out of a tree. He landed on his feet, thankfully about 7 hours ago from txt
Fans are throwing rolls of toilet paper out over the crowd. They shout "lets go phillies" about 7 hours ago from txt
It's too packed to walk through the midst of the crowd. I just tried. about 7 hours ago from txt
They're uprooting shrubberies and dancing on bus overhangs. Banging pots and dropping papers from the buildings above about 7 hours ago from txt
Fans have climped on top of an Italian eatery. They're scaling the balconies about 7 hours ago from txt
People are leaning over the side of the Bellevue parking garage, watching the madness about 7 hours ago from txt
ABOUT 11 P.M.
There's a huge crowd from broad and locust to city hall about 8 hours ago from txt
People are selling philly swag on the streets. Dancing all around. Trash everywhere about 8 hours ago from txt
People are howling up at the helicopters about 8 hours ago from txt
Broad blocked off at pine st about 8 hours ago from txt
People are breaking off from the crowd and heading for city hall about 8 hours ago from txt
Some woman is lighting incense on a fire hydrant about 8 hours ago from txt
Did someone lose a shopping cart? about 8 hours ago from txt
Some people are walking down broad. I'm going to walk that way and see what I can find about 8 hours ago from txt
"come on everybody. Is something good happening?" one passerby jokes about 8 hours ago from txt
The police surround a cop car at the mouth of the intersection. They aren't doing much, from what I can tell about 8 hours ago from txt
Crowd surfers pass along the top of the crowd. A pair of fans bang against the sides of newsstands... Made a few of us pause about 8 hours ago from txt
Now there's a real bottle of champagne. Those who aren't staying here are heading toward the water about 8 hours ago from txt
People are climbing up the traffic light posts. about 8 hours ago from txt
It's backing up now. No luck! about 8 hours ago from txt
A car tries to get through the intersection about 8 hours ago from txt
We're at hundreds now. about 8 hours ago from txt
I'm on top of a newsstand on Broad and South staring as more people walk to the center of the intersection about 8 hours ago from txt
And the Philidelphia riots coverage continues from there.