IF WE WANT to go back to New York with a puncher's chance to win the World Series, we have to keep believing in the dream, like this die-hard barber:
AS THE Phillies play the three-game heart of the 2009 World Series here, beginning tonight, they carry the hopes and dreams of so many lifelong fans:
SARAH CARMEL MCCOLLUM of Delaware County, 13 months old, was "born a Phillies fan right before the World Series last year," her mom Karen said, adding that she's expecting the newest McCollum in November.
AT CITIZENS Bank Park last night, Mike Phillips, booming-voiced ballpark beer man, worked at a feverish pace, satisfying the thirst of his 100-level patrons with the quick hands and catlike reflexes of an All-Star infielder.
IF OUR Fightin's welcome the Dodgers to Philly like they did last fall - stomping them on the way to the World Series - they'll be gladdening the pinstriped hearts of true Phillie diehards like these:
OUR TIME IS NOW, Phillies fans! As we begin the quest for a second National League Championship, a little child shall lead us.
Our Phillies are an endangered species and this weekend is not for the faint of heart, so here are some messages from our fellow true believers to give us hope: Two rings! Two rings to rule the world!
I'M BROAD STREET Billy - hooked on Hamels, juiced on J-Roll - and I urge all phellow phans to keep sending phavorite memories and phamily photos, phervent rituals and phunny stuff to me at Phillies@phillynews.com because Our Time is now!