Phillies like chances against either AL foe
NL champions took two of three from Yankees this year
PHILADELPHIA -- Even with their second consecutive National League pennant secured, there's still a chance that the Phillies might have to make another trip to Southern California.
"I think everybody has dreamed of playing in Yankee Stadium in the World Series," Cole Hamels said. "If we get to play them, then that's great. But if we get to play [the Angels], then that's great, too. We're the National League champions and one step closer to being World Series champions."With Wednesday night's 10-4 win over the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies ended the National League Championship Series and began setting their sights on the Yankees or Angels, who find themselves in a 3-2 hole in the ALCS. "Regardless of who wins that other series, we know that we're going to be in for a big challenge," said Phillies ace Cliff Lee, who likely will be tabbed to start Game 1 of the World Series next Wednesday night. While the Yankees may have the mystique that comes courtesy of their 26 world championships, the Phillies possess the bravado that is reserved solely for those teams that are still defending the most recent World Series title. Since Eric Hinske -- who is currently with the Yankees -- swung through Brad Lidge's final pitch of the 2008 World Series, the Phillies have displayed a sense of confidence that helped them capture a third consecutive division title and become the first National League team since the 1996 Braves to advance to a second consecutive World Series. Now they will simply wait to learn which team from the "mighty" American League will attempt to prevent them from becoming the first National League team since the 1976 Reds to successfully defend their world championship. Only two other NL clubs -- the 1907-08 Cubs and the 1921-22 Giants -- have repeated as World Series champions. "Regardless of whether we were defending champs or not, it's going to be a dogfight against whoever we play," said Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard after being named the NLCS MVP.
PHILS vs. YANKS in 2009
|May 22||PHI 7, NYY 3||Watch|
|May 23||NYY 5, PHI 4||Watch|
|May 24||PHI 4, NYY 3 (11 inn.)||Watch|
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.