Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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The World Series is Here (Finally)

Game 1 of the World Series is tonight.

The World Series is Here (Finally)

Cole Hamels is ready to rock in Game 1 tonight.
Cole Hamels is ready to rock in Game 1 tonight. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer

The World Series is here.

Finally.

It feels like the Phillies haven't played in a month, which is a concern for fans who remember how the Tigers played in the 2006 World Series and Rockies played in the 2007 World Series. But give the Phillies credit. They say they won't use that as an excuse. That's a good thing. But after four workouts and two days off between the NLCS last Wednesday at Dodger Stadium and Game 1 of the World Series tonight at Tropicana Field, the Phillies finally get to play a game.

Frankly, I'm tired of looking ahead and talking about what's going to happen. I'm ready to see what actually happens.

First pitch is about nine hours away.

Tick, tock, tick, tock.

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Here is The Inquirer's World Series special section.

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Phillies in six.

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Rays fans don't deserve this. They don't. The Rays were 645-972 (.399) from 1998 to 2007, so I've been hearing a lot about the "long suffering" Rays fans. That's not suffering. The Phillies were 1,752-2,941 (.373) from 1918 to 1948. They've won one World Series in 125 years. Now that's suffering. If the Rays lose, Rays fans will shrug their shoulders and continue their lives. Phillies fans will be crushed. If the Rays win, Rays fans will shrug their shoulders and continue their lives. Phillies fans will party like it's 1983 (the last championship in Philly).

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