Five for Fightins: A fifth division championship is the best one yet

Welcome to Philly, Hunter Pence. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

2007: We are finally back on top.

2008: Okay, let’s get busy.

2009: A repeat is on our minds.

2010: Only the Giants got in our way.

2011: Here we go again…

Your Philadelphia Phillies are five time… let me repeat that… FIVE TIME National League Eastern Division Champions.

The best record in baseball, soon to be best record in franchise history and probably the greatest Phillies team to ever be assembled have all be rolled up into the first 150 games of the season. With only 12 games left in the season, step one has been completed.

On to step two: winning two tough National League playoff series. And step three: becoming a baseball dynasty.

In a city that has had to wrap its head around losing so many times, especially with a franchise such as the Phillies that is 128 years old and only two rings to show. A third championship will only be the icing on the cake for this already historic season.

The buzz all started back in December 2010 when Cliff Lee spurned the Yankees and one of the teams he took to the World Series, the Rangers, to come to the Phillies. Lee is having a Cy Young caliber season, posting a 16-7 record, 2.38 ERA, 223 strike outs and a whopping seven complete game shutouts.

The buzz started to die down when, despite boasting the best record in baseball from June, the Phils offense had a glaring hole in right field, it immediately came back when a handful of prospects were dealt to Houston for Hunter Pence.

Pence has been an absolute animal for the Phils. In 45 games with the Phils, he’s hitting .316 with 12 doubles, a triple, nine homers and 28 RBIs. The Philadelphia fan base has already fallen in love with Pence, who coined one shirt idea through Twitter (“Let’s Go Eat”) and may have coined a new one after the division clincher: “Let’s Pop Bottles.”

If things go as planned for Pence and the rest of the Phils, there may be more bottle to pop in October. But for now, let’s get some rest, wrap up a memorable season and prepare for either the Brewers or Diamondbacks (Cardinals and Giants are still lingering as well) in the first round.

And with that, I’ll leave you with some words from Jimmy Rollins, who just tweeted this gem: “5 in a row!! We have come a long ways, but still work to do! But tonight let’s celebrate.”

Let’s Pop Bottles.

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