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Philadelphia Phillies

The City of Brotherly Love is a mere four games away from their first World Series title in 28 years, thanks to the pitching of Cole Hamels, the bat of Jimmy Rollins, and the shoddy fifth inning of infield play from Rafael Furcal. Hamels was masterful as he struck out five while giving up only five hits in seven innings. His two-game performance against the Dodgers earned him the NLCS MVP award.

Now the Phillies can rest, wait and set their pitching rotation while the run-up to the World Series continues. They will, of course, be facing the Boston Red Sox or the Tampa Bay Rays when the Fall Classic begins on October 22.

On a side note, it looks like Philadelphia’s fans are glad to be out of LA. Apparently, the Dodger fans didn’t take to kindly to them being at the games.

“I was wearing a Phillies T-shirt with an emblem on the back,” said Palmer, who grew up in Huntingdon Valley but has lived in L.A. for nine years. “It was like a bull’s-eye.”

There were peanuts, pretzels and uncreative insults. But there were no beer drenchings, although Dodgers fans “would go get beer and stand in front of us and not move – stay there like a second too long,” Palmer said. “They booed a very attractive Phillie fan and her company away. . . . We said, ‘We’re not leaving. We’re Philly. We’re holding our ground.’ “

I find it slightly ironic that Philly fans are complaining about fans of other teams. I mean, it’s not like they were nice to Donovan McNabb when he was drafted.

Of course, this isn’t a representation of every Philadelphia fan either. Nevertheless, when you are known for being from a city of hardcore fans, shouldn’t it be easier to overlook Dodger fans who seem tame by comparison?