09/30/07 6:48 PM ET
Fans share in euphoria of Phillies' berth
Tears of joy shed as Philly clinches NL East title at home
By Joseph Santoliquito / Special to MLB.com
"This fanbase deserves this from one of their four major sports teams, and they're getting it from the Phillies," Gillespie said. "The emotions drain you, but my only wish is that I had my daughter with me to share the moment. She's my sports buddy. This is our year. It's something you just sense."It's something Kelly McKenna experienced in 1993 -- when she was three.
"I don't remember that at all, but this is an awesome feeling," she said. "This team has really brought excitement to the city."Out on the field, the players burst from the dugout when the final out was made. They merged at the mound and interlocked into a joyous, jumping scrum. Phils reliever J.C. Romero bolted from the mass of humanity to look for his wife in the crowd, beaming, he said, "It's been a long trip, a long trip. This season we all learned what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. It's a long, long season and we did it. We did it."
National League Division Series schedule
|Wed., Oct. 3||10 p.m.||Chase Field||TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4||10 p.m.||Chase Field||TBS|
|Sat. Oct. 6||6 p.m.||Wrigley Field||TBS|
|*Sun. Oct. 7||1 p.m.||Wrigley Field||TNT|
|*Tue. Oct. 9||10 p.m.||Chase Field||TBS|
|Wed., Oct. 3||3 p.m.||Citizens Bank Park||TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4||3 p.m.||Citizens Bank Park||TBS|
|Sat. Oct. 6||9:30 p.m.||Coors Field||TBS|
|*Sun. Oct. 7||10 p.m.||Coors Field||TBS|
|*Tue. Oct. 9||6:30 p.m.||Citizens Bank Park||TBS|
|* If necessary. All times ET.|
Greg Dobbs just kept shaking his head, almost in disbelief, in between hugging teammates and Phils manager Charlie Manuel."This is unbelievable," Dobbs said, unable to hear himself talk over the deafening sound cascading down from the sea of red and white towel-waving, screaming fans. "This was if it was scripted. We've been through so much, and what we overcame was so much. We fought, we battled. We never had any doubts that we could do it. There were sacrifices made. There was a lot of hard work involved. I think what makes this really special is that we never gave up, and look at this ..." Then Dobbs turned his head to absorb the feel of winning again. For Myers, his primary concern was a simple one: Stay cool. The Phils closer just saw the Mets lose to the Marlins and heard the Phillies fans' react. He had to take a step off the mound to regain his composure. "I'm looking at Jimmy [Rollins] and Chase [Utley] and thinking I might be getting too pumped," Myers said, awash in champagne, beer and delirium. "I had no doubts. We've been through so much this year. We fought and scratched. We had no doubts, when so many had doubts about us. I suppose that's why this is so sweet. That's why it means so much to this team and to these fans. I mean, look at them. This is for us, it's for this city, it's for the team, and it's for the fans. Our fans. This means everything to them."
Joseph Santoliquito is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.