Jamie Moyer has been in baseball since 1986, but it took him until 2008 to finally reach the World Series.
Phil Sheridan writes:
"I really believe that, going into this postseason, we had a club that really had that sour taste in its mouth from last year," Moyer said. "It was more than just getting to the playoffs. It was getting deep into the playoffs, and we've been fortunate enough to get that far this year. We still have work to do, but I'm really proud of this group of guys."
Moyer was clutching a bottle of Moet et Chandon champagne, a considerably more expensive bubbly than the kind used in the division-clinching and division series celebrations.
"The further you go," Moyer said, "I guess the better the champagne."
And it tastes sweeter, right?
"Oh, yes it does."
Bob Ford offers some snapshots from the postgame celebration Thursday.
Those freakin' Rays couldn't hold onto a 7-0 lead last night. So the ALCS heads back to Tampa Bay for Game 6 tomorrow night. I thought a Rays clinch would have been best for the Phillies because both teams would have had a considerable layoff before the World Series. The layoff hurt the Rockies in 2007 and Tigers in 2006, so you have to wonder how the Phillies can guard against that. The Phillies work out today and tomorrow. They have off Sunday and plan to fly to Boston or Tampa on Monday and work out Monday night and Tuesday before Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Terry Francona and Joe Maddon have some Phillies connections.
Want World Series tickets? They'll cost you.
How did the Phillies get here anyway?
John Gonzalez takes a look inside his mail bag.
The Phillies or the debate? Oh, and thank God there won't be a Phillies cap on William Penn's head.