Phils fans start party early

PHILADELPHIA - September 30, 2008 - At the clubhouse store, even the floor reminds customers that the Phils are entering the post season.

Avid fans were buying up any and everything with a Phillies logo on it.

After all, fans of the National League East champs have to look the part.

"Of course you need the hat, the championship hat, you need the t-shirt, and a wristband," said Elanor Pilotti of Marlton, New Jersey. "I think I'm ready to go!"

"I bought a shirt for my niece, who just turned three," said Frank Vendeitt of Bensalem. "And one for my father and one for myself."

One English teacher won't be attending tomorrow's game but he and his students will be at the ballpark in spirit.

"Kids get into it, they're wearing their jerseys, they're wearing their hats... unfortunately, they're not supposed to, but we try to let it slide a little bit," said Whit Yost.

Even standing room only tickets are sold out for the game. That means 45,000 fans will fill Citizens Bank Park.

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