Sean Iaquinto likes to say that it's the loudest gathering of Phils fans outside Citizens Bank Park.
Iaquinto is the organizer of the Hoboken Phillies Club, which consists of Philadelphia and South Jersey natives who live in the North Jersey town and mostly work in New York City. During the regular season, they gather every Friday at Mulligan's, a local watering hole on First Street, to watch their Fightin's. For the World Series, they've been drawing about 200.
It's a comfort in a town full of Giants, Yankees, and Mets fans, said Iaquinto, 37.
"We're this little oasis - kind of like an embassy. When you walk into this bar, it's like you're walking onto Philadelphia soil," said Iaquinto, who grew up in Richboro and Gwynedd Valley, and graduated from La Salle College High School and Villanova. "It's a home away from home."
It takes guts to wear red pinstripes in the shadow of Lower Manhattan. But Iaquinto said the group - spawned in 2007 after a successful Hoboken Eagles Club, and which has produced a thriving social network - "wears our colors with pride, and thumbs our collective noses at those 'Nuw Yawkers.' "
Find the Phillies club at http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=64980222086
Repairs needed? Sign outside Blatt Tire & Auto Repair on Ridge Avenue in North Philly: YANK THIS
Nosebleed nation. When you're sitting in the 400 level at Citizens Bank Park and wishing you were closer to the field, consider the fate of Tim Dibble: He's following the game all the way from the Middle East.
Dibble, of Jenkintown, has been working in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, during the Phillies' playoff run. With no real-time TV coverage, he's been reduced to tracking the World Series via the pitch-by-pitch posting on ESPN's Internet site - which means he has to get up at 3 a.m. to "watch" the game.
Dibble, previously director of the government-and-justice section at Francis Cauffman Architects, 21st and Arch Streets, now serves the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, where he's helping set up a new, independent judiciary. And trying to keep up with the Phillies.
"I'm dying to be home to enjoy this!" Dibble wrote in an e-mail. "Getting up at 3 or 4 a.m. to follow it on ESPN is killing me."
Pinstripe horror. Daniella Slon was walking in South Philadelphia recently when she spotted a grotesque Halloween display left up for the World Series.
Wasn't a cute pumpkin or a spooky black cat.
It was a skeleton in blue jeans, a noose around its neck, dangling from a rowhouse window.
Wearing a Yankees jersey, naturally.
Broad policy. Administrators at Stratford Classical Christian Academy in Stratford announced a revised parking policy for the World Series.
The school's upper parking lot, which is paved, is known as Broad Street and reserved for Phillies fans. The muddy grass area in the lower lot is known as Broadway and reserved for Yankees fans.
Any car bearing Yankees paraphernalia that parks in the Broad Street lot will be reported to the Phillie Phanatic.
Mayfair memories. John Nagele grew up two blocks from Frankford and Cottman Avenues, the Northeast Philadelphia junction where thousands of people - and plenty of police - converge when there's a big sports victory.
These days, Nagele owns Chameleon Printware, a screen-printing company in Bristol that, among other jobs, makes T-shirts honoring fallen police officers and firefighters. But with the Phillies in the World Series again, he's added this to his catalog: "MayPhair has high hopes - Cottman and Frankford to Broad Street."
Sales are brisk. Plenty of people who live in the neighborhood want them, but they're also popular with people who lived in Mayfair but have since moved away, like Nagele, who lives in Bucks County now.
"People have a real affinity for the neighborhood," said Nagele. "My heart is definitely in Mayfair. And with the Phillies." To order a shirt, find John Nagele on Facebook.
Keep it simple. A World Series program vendor outside Citizens Bank Park: "Get your programs here! Lots of pictures, and not many big words."
Hey, is he criticizingly are reeding skills?