Phillies-Rays talking points

What we're talking about after the Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 last night to win the World Series:

* The drought is over. For the first time in 25 years, Philadelphia will have a world-championship parade. And for the first time since 1980, the Phillies have won the world championship.

* The turning point of the game might well have come in the top of the seventh. After the Phillies took the lead in the sixth, Tampa Bay tied the score on Rocco Baldelli's homer with one out. The Rays appeared on the verge of taking the lead when second baseman Chase Utley made a terrific stop on a grounder hit up the middle by Akinori Iwamura and then threw out Jason Bartlett, who earlier had singled, trying to score from second for the final out of the inning.

* Pat Burrell was 0-for-13 in the World Series before doubling off the wall in dead center leading off the bottom of the seventh. He's a free agent, and that might be his final act as a Phillie. Eric Bruntlett came in to run for him and eventually scored what turned out to be the winning run.

* Cole Hamels, who missed a chance at his fifth win of the postseason when the Rays tied the score in the seventh, was voted Most Valuable Player of the World Series.

* Brad Lidge nailed down the win for his seventh postseason save. That's a new record. Mariano Rivera, of the Yankees, had six saves in 1999.

* The Phillies didn't lose a game at Citizens Bank Park throughout the National League Division Series, NL Championship Series and World Series.

* Only 107 days until spring training.