The end of the curse: A look back at the Phillies 2008 World Series

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — As the Phillies make another run at the World Series, many look back to the last time the Phillies won it all.

“29. October 2008: The Phillies are the World Series Champions,” Gary Papa announced that evening as he sat next to Jim Gardner.

Former Action News reporter David Henry reported from outside Citizens Bank Park in 2008.

“They come out of the stadium, out here on the street, having fun,” he said.

Back in 2008, it was the end of a 25-year sports curse in Philadelphia that sent champagne flying at Citizens Bank Park — the first major professional sports championship in 25 years.

On Tuesday, former Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels spoke about watching that run.

“Seeing this from a different perspective now, not on the field, I’m really looking forward to being able to do that, especially with a lot of teammates who are here,” said Hamels.

For those not at the game, the celebration spread to neighborhoods throughout the Delaware Valley.

“Electric. They know the sports teams here really bring everyone together,” recalled Fox Chase’s Mike Browning.

Former Action News reporter Dann Cuellar covered Mayfair’s Frankford and Cottman Avenues in 2008.

“We easily have 5,000 fans out here!” he said on the air.

“Um, it was a bit overwhelming, to say the least,” said Fred Courdoff, who recalls being in the sea of ​​people in Frankford and Cottman when he was just 12 years old.

“I probably saw a thing or two that I shouldn’t have seen when I was 12,” he laughed.

“Oh yeah, I was one of the crazy ones,” said Tasha Steele, from Northeast Philadelphia, recalling the celebrations on the streets.

Milt Martelack on Tuesday wore a Shane Victorino jersey left by a friend who passed away after the 2008 World Series.

“God bless his soul, Louie — love you mate,” Martelack said. “This jersey was given to me, it was my friend’s favorite jersey. I wore it in his memory and for best wishes to the Phillies.”

And after looking back on all those memories, fans are ready to do it all over again.

“I think we got it,” Steele said. “I think we have it.”

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