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It's amazing how many e-mails I've received in the last 24 hours since the Phillies won the World Series. Here's just a sample:



Sports Illustrated Presents has published a special collector’s issue commemorating the Philadelphia Phillies’ 2008 World Series Championship. The 84-page magazine, with a limited press run of 370,000 copies, will begin hitting newsstands and area retailers tomorrow, including Acme, Giant, Genuardi’s, Barnes & Noble and Wal-Mart throughout the state of Pennsylvania and is available online at Amazon.com. The special edition, which will be sold at a price of $7.99, features the entire team on the cover (left) with a billing that reads Philadelphia Phillies…Phantastic!

The limited-edition commemorative features an original essay by SI senior writer (and longtime Philadelphia resident) Michael Bamberger, a photo essay of the Phillies’ successful regular season and a snapshot of 125 years worth of Phillies baseball, including an all-time Philadelphia roster.

Writes SI senior writer Tom Verducci: “Like the ’02 Angels, ’04 Red Sox and ’05 White Sox, all teams that ended long championship droughts, the ’08 Phillies changed the identity of the franchise. These Phillies are winners. In this case, though, the psyche of the entire town was changed by the Phillies beating the Tampa Bay Rays…. Philadelphia had gone 0 for 99 in major professional sports seasons since the Sixers won the ’83 NBA championship, the longest stretch without a parade for any metro area with teams in the four major sports—a stretch that includes the entire life span of 24‑year-old lefthanded ace Cole Hamels, the World Series MVP.”

Highlights from the commemorative edition include:

  • The Season in Pictures: Excerpts and photos chronicling Philadelphia’s run to the NL East title.
  • The 2008 Playoffs: A round-by-round breakdown of the Phillies’ dominant October.
  • The Heroes: Original features on team superstars Chase Utley, Cole Hamels and Ryan Howard.
  • Cover Gallery: The now two-time World Series champs have been featured on 19 SI covers.


A city that had a baseball team with the dubious distinction of having the most losses in professional baseball history is today on top of the world for only the 2nd time in more than 100 years, and the first time since 1980 after defeating the Cinderella Tampa Bay Rays in five games of the 2008 World Series. The celebration had to be put on hold because of baseball’s first suspended game due to rain on Monday night, but less than 48 hours later the long-awaited baseball trophy belongs to the fans of Philly.

How sweet it is!

Likewise, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley is also celebrating this historic moment as Nikco Sports has announced it will continue its post-season program to raise funds for the youngsters at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley. Many of these youngsters have life-threatening medical conditions.

In recent years, Nikco Sports has raised almost $1.7 million for children’s charities.

A special World Series Championship Baseball, complete with the World Series logo, the Phillies team logo and with important historic team history printed on the ball is being sold to raise monies to grant wishes for these local youngsters.

Only 5,000 baseballs will be produced and each one comes with an upscale acrylic display case. This historic item, priced at $39.95, can be purchased at 1-800-345-2868 or by visiting www.nikcosports.com.. Each fully MLB licensed baseball comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity to enhance its value.

The Phillies World Series Championship Baseball will feature the official World Series and Phillies logo on one panel, and assorted team facts and historical dates of interest on another section of the ball. It will also recap the team’s post-season games and final scores so that fans will be able to look back years from now and remember how the Phillies got to the 2008 Fall Classic. It will also list the results of the games played against the Rays in the 2008 Series and the words “World Champions” will be printed across the sweet spot of the baseball.

"This is a special time for Phillies fans as they celebrate winning only the 2nd World Series title in team history. Their run to the National League East regular season title, and exciting post-season sseries wins over the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and now the Tampa Bay Rays certainly makes this a season to remember," said Nikco Sports CEO Craig Bidner.

“With the challenging economic times, and with the holiday gift buying season just ahead, we want to provide fans with an historic piece of sports memorabilia at an affordable price, and at the same time continue to raise a significant amount of money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley to help them in granting wishes to many youngsters who have some life-threatening medical conditions.

“We’re very proud of our relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation over the years, and we salute their great efforts. They’ve certainly made a huge difference and have helped make a lot of wishes come true.”


WASHINGTON - Last night, the Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series championship since 1980 and the first major professional sports championship for the city of Philadelphia in 25 years. New Jersey’s U.S. Senators, Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), today saluted the Phillies for their remarkable run to the pennant. They released the following statements:

Senator Menendez said: “This is a day of celebration for all Phillies fans in the Garden State, which is just a Ryan Howard homer away from Citizens Bank Park. Today, we all feel like the Philly Phanatic. My sincere congratulations to Charlie Manuel and his crew on their dominant run through the playoffs. Nothing, not even a 48 hour rain delay, could stop them.”

Senator Lautenberg said: “This is a great day for Phillies fans in South Jersey and across the region. Today, after years of rooting and waiting, these die-hard fans can now celebrate another championship. The Phillies' victory is proof a team with dedication and commitment will find a way to win. Congratulations to the 2008 world champion Phillies.”


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World Series MVP Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is still rejoicing in the team’s victory and will share one of his favorite rare luxuries, Crown Royal XR, with teammates to commemorate their success. Hamels has arranged for his fellow teammates to have their bottles wrapped in a personalized embroidered maroon suede version of the famed Crown Royal bag, containing their name and 2008 World Series Champions.

Hamels will personally distribute the bottles of Crown Royal XR at a team reception at the stadium this evening – just one day after the Phillies broke its 28-year title drought.


Now that the Phillies have won the World Series, Jamie Moyer has even more to celebrate. Fans can join in the championship celebration by supporting The Moyer Foundation:

  • The goal is to raise $1 million to help children in distress – a real way to tell Jamie, “Thanks a Million” for his work on and off-the-field.
  • A gift to The Moyer Foundation can help children in your own community through the Foundation’s Camp Erin – a national network of bereavement camps for grieving children and teens.
  • In appreciation, you will receive a personal letter from Jamie, thanking you for being a part of his team. Those who support the campaign will also be recognized in a future ad.


CBS 3 & the CW Philly 57 will air "Phillies Parade of Champions" from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Friday, October 31st on both stations with a special encore this Sunday, November 2nd on the CW Philly 57 only from 12:00-4:00pm.


Comcast SportsNet, the leader in local sports news, celebrates the Phillies World Series run with the most comprehensive parade coverage, plus a celebratory special as the network wraps up the Phillies championship season.

Comcast SportsNet will begin live coverage of the Phillies World Series parade on Friday, October 31 at 11:30 a.m. The network’s parade coverage will be commercial-free. Neil Hartman, John Boruk and Ron Burke will be stationed along the parade route, while Michael Barkann, Mitch Williams, Ricky Bottalico and Leslie Gudel will be live from the ballpark, providing viewers with an inside look at the celebration including exclusive interviews and access to the Phillies players and front office.

Comcast SportsNet will re-air the parade coverage on Friday, October 31 at 11 p.m.; Saturday, November 1 at 1:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, November 2 at 1:30 a.m. and Monday, November 3 at 12:30 p.m.

For those who cannot watch the parade on television, Comcast SportsNet has partnered with mlb.com to broadcast the parade on csnphilly.com. Live coverage begins at 12 Noon on csnphilly.com.

On Sunday, November 2 at 9 p.m., Comcast SportsNet will air “The Champs,” an hour-long special, reliving the best moments from the Phillies 2008 season from spring training through the World Series win. The program will replay on Monday, November 3 at 11 a.m.; 3 p.m. and 12 a.m.; Tuesday, November 4 at 3 p.m., 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. and Thursday, November 6 at 11 a.m.; Friday, November 7 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 at 11 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet’s World Series coverage including Phillies Postgame Live coverage of the World Series win, parade coverage and “The Champs” special will also be available on Comcast’s On Demand service.


Who: Phillies Pitcher and 2008 MVP COLE HAMELS, Phillies Outfielder “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” SHANE VICTORINO and Phillies Hall of Famer and 1980 MVP MIKE SCHMIDT celebrate the 2008 win with special appearances on QVC’s Baseball Collectibles shows.

What: Philadelphia’s most beloved Phillies have teamed up for QVC’s Baseball Collectibles shows. The two broadcasts will feature a variety of Phillies World Series memorabilia, made especially for QVC. Signature items will include: NEW Cole Hamels autographed 2008 World Series baseball; NEW Shane Victorino autographed 2008 World Series baseball; NEW Phillies Framed Team Collage; NEW 1980 to 2008 Phillies Framed Picture; and NEW World Series Leather Jacket.

When: Baseball Collectibles with Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino and Mike Schmidt , Friday, October 31, 11 PM (ET) Baseball Collectibles with Shane Victorino and Mike Schmidt, Saturday, November 1, 1 AM (ET)


It’s a magical time in Philadelphia after the Phillies won their second World Series in 125 years of existence! Fans are searching for any way possible to be a part of this historic moment, one they will cherish for a lifetime.

The best way is with a personalized Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series Champions bat from Louisville Slugger®, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball.

“We know how great sports fans are in Philadelphia,” said Brent Falkenstein of Louisville Slugger. “They’ve been hungry for a World Championship. Now that the Phillies have delivered we know their fans want to remember this magical season. What better way than with a personalized Louisville Slugger bat commemorating the 2008 World Series Championship, one that also has both the Phillies and World Series logos on it? It’s a great personalized keepsake that fans will want to display for years to come.”

Louisville Slugger has made bats since 1884, the year after the Phillies came into existence. The storied company has put the names of baseball’s greatest players on its legendary bats for 124 years. Now Phillies fans can remember this moment forever with a personalized Louisville Slugger bat with the Phillies’ and 2008 World Series logos. They make a great gift to yourself or your favorite Phillies fan.

This special limited-time offer bat can be ordered on the internet or over the telephone. Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series Champions bats are $75 each which includes shipping. To order personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bats, Phillies fans can call toll-free to 866-785-2287 or visit www.sluggergifts.com.