What greased poles? Phillies fans celebrate team's first trip to World Series since '09

Poles were greased ahead of the win, but some would not be deterred.

Monday, October 24, 2022
More Phillies fans excited for the World Series
Action News caught up with more Phillies fans after the NLCS victory.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- No matter where you looked Sunday night, you found Philadelphia Phillies fans celebrating their team's National League Championship.

Now, it's onto the World Series for the first time since 2009.

"All the way. All the way. Beat Houston. Harper for president. Harper for president, baby," one fan said.

"They're amazing. We're going to take Houston down like we took San Diego down," another fan said.

Houston, you have a problem: Phillies and their fans!

"It was great. I could not believe it. We're here- let's do it," exclaimed Deland Bryant of West Philadelphia.

"I'm proud to be a Phillies fan. I'm proud to be a Philadelphian. I'm proud to be a baseball fan. Miracles do happen!" said a very happy Michael Bohm of Rhawnhurst (not related to Phillies' third baseman Alex Bohm) on Monday morning, who was sporting his red Phillies cap.

It's still sinking in for fans.

"It's been a long time coming, and it's great for the city to have something to celebrate," remarked Amy Althoff of Ambler, who was at the game on Saturday.

Game 5 of the NLCS was a roller coaster of emotions.

"I was in the kitchen. My husband was screaming up and down," recalled Jamie Brennan of Roxborough.

The crowd at the Fainting Goat Tavern in Glenolden, Delaware County erupted at that final out, as the Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres 4-3.

Fans are basking in the moment as the Phillies are headed to the World Series.

Cheers. Hugs. High-fives. There was plenty of that.

And not just inside the bars.

Chopper 6 was over Frankford and Cottman avenues in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia as people flooded the streets to celebrate.

"It's the Fightin Phillies, that's what they call us. The Fightins. That's the reason why we're here," said one happy fan.

Police were out to keep the crowd under control, but mainly fans were celebrating, taking pictures and videos, and absorbing this moment in history.

Fans also took to Broad Street. Poles were greased ahead of the win, but some would not be deterred.

"This is amazing. We were here in '17, '08 We're not done yet -- four more," said Mike Horwits of Center City.

This was the moment Phillies fans have been waiting for - for more than a decade!

The team is World Series bound and everyone was talking about the game-winning Bryce Harper home run.

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"My heart stopped for a second. It was amazing. It was the best experience," one fan said.

"That Harper home run- I mean seriously. It was so fun in there. I knew this was the year they were going to win," another fan said.

And one fan believed the Phillies had some extra help on their side, "The best moment was the Harper hit at the end. I toasted my great aunt and uncle. And I know they helped. Go Phillies!"