By Jeremy Park
Red October is still alive.
The Philadelphia Phillies, after an 11-year playoff drought, have finally made their way to post-season baseball, and the Fightins are rolling.
An 87-75 record and a third-place NL East standing squeaked them by into a Wild Card spot, and the consensus was that the Phillies’ season would be over after two games. However, two away wins in St. Louis kept hopes alive.
A best-of-five Division Series matchup against the NL East champions Atlanta Braves proved to be their first challenge. The first two games in Atlanta ended with a series tie, Philly taking the first game 7-6, Atlanta with a 3-0 shutout in the second. For the first time in 11 years, playoff baseball returned to Citizens Bank Park. The sold-out Philadelphia crowd helped surge two victories to advance the Phillies to the NLDS win and onto the National League Championship against the San Diego Padres.
Red October is still alive and will continue tonight in San Diego at 8:03 ET. Go Phils.