PHILADELPHIA -- Brad Lidge pointed one finger to the sky, tracking the fly ball that would end the National League Championship Series.
Fireworks shot up around Citizens Bank Park and the Phanatic ran out with a "2009" banner, representing the Phillies' second straight NL title. But leave it to Pedro Martinez to truly get the party started. The affable veteran brought out the first bottle of champagne as the Phillies awaited the Warren Giles Trophy presentation. Champagne soon found its way onto Jayson Werth's head and into his wide-open mouth, giving the Game 5 hero the first taste of pennant glory. "This is great and all that," said Werth, who homered twice in Wednesday's clincher, "but we have four games to win." First, they have one week off, plenty of time for another hard-earned celebration. So as soon as the on-field ceremonies ended, it was an all-out sprint for the home clubhouse, where crates of champagne and coolers of beer awaited. (Chan Ho Park took a detour, climbing on top of the Phils' dugout to let fans in on the spraying action.) Werth, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins opted for swim goggles. Others went bare-faced, though as Brett Myers remarked, "Not good up your nose." But that didn't stop the Phillies from dousing one another as much as possible around the plastic-covered clubhouse, while the boom box next to Rollins' stall blasted the club's typical victory mix. "Time to get me somebody," Rollins said eagerly after completing an interview. Chants of "in the face, in the face" resounded from the room's center table, where the bottles rested and, therefore, the players congregated.
Lidge tried to answer questions about his postseason turnaround; he tossed a perfect ninth Wednesday and has thrown four scoreless innings during the playoffs. But he was being squirted from all sides. "It's unbelievable," was all he could say before turning around to seek cover. One group removed Martinez's NL champions hat to douse the 37-year-old midseason signing, who already has a 2004 World Series ring from his Red Sox days. Others in the clubhouse were concerned with this approach. "Don't mess up Pedro's hair," someone shouted. Martinez, though, wanted to ensure that this celebration was special. After all, he has said that he chose the Phillies because they could give him moments like this. He only got into one playoff game, but he made the most of it, throwing seven shutout innings against the Dodgers in Game 2. "They're very young and very thirsty," Martinez said of his teammates. "That's why I'm spraying them with all kinds of drinks and stuff. "I enjoy every single moment of it." The party spilled back onto the field, with the relievers carrying beverages out to the bullpen, Werth and others whipping out cigars and players' kids running around the outfield grass.
|Year||WS outcome||Next Year||Outcome|
|2008||Beat TB||2009||Advanced to WS|
|1993||Lost to TOR||1994||Fourth in NL East|
|1983||Lost to BAL||1984||Fourth in NL East|
|1980||Beat KC||1981||Lost special Division Series to MON|
|1950||Lost to NYY||1951||Fifth in NL|
|1915||Lost to BOS||1916||Second in NL|
David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.