2008 World Series
They were starving. The fans of Philadelphia - some of the most passionate and loyal fans in the world - has not experienced the thrill of a major sports championship in 25 years. And then along came the 2008 Phillies, with a feast so fulfilling that close to two million of those fans poured into the streets for a parade to celebrate just the second World Series title in the 126-year history of the team.
The Phillies had ridden the wave of a phenomenal September into the postseason and an eventual date with destiny's darlings, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Cinderella team of the year. But it was the Phillies for whom this fairy tale came true.
Behind the pitching of Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge and ageless wonder Jamie Moyer; the power of Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Jayson Werth; the defensive wizardry of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley; and a cast of unsung heroes - from Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Ruiz - from Shane Victorino to Pedro Feliz - the Phils persevered through the wind and the rain and a 50-hour game to emerge as World Series champions. And in the process, they showered their title-hungry fans with the kind of jubilation they had not experienced in a quarter of a century.