Philly Phetes Series Triumph

Thousands gather, mainly peacefully, to celebrate Phillies' first title since 1980
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2008 1:42 PM CDT
Philly Phetes Series Triumph
Fans celebrate in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo)

The streets of Philadelphia were mobbed with celebrating Phillies fans into today’s wee hours, with some directing enthusiastic violence at cars and shop windows, the Inquirer reports. Firemen responding to street blazes had to turn their hoses on uncooperative revelers, and sporadic looting was reported. Still, the overall scene was one of joy at the end of a 28-year drought.

When the Phillies won, a longtime fan and Citizens Bank Park usher cried for minutes. “Other than the births of my children, this is—this is the best night of my life,” she said. Of the vandalism and public boozing afterward, one cop was lenient. “This is wonderful. This is a good crowd.” (More Philadelphia stories.)

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