It was the first
home run by a pitcher in 34 Fall Classics. "I literally fell off my
chair," reliever Clay Condrey said.
It was that kind
of Series of surprises, even if it failed to be a ratings hit. "Tampa Bay
winning is a manifestation of the change in this sport and how good that change
has been for baseball," Selig says. "If it means lesser ratings in the
short term, so be it."
At a quarter to
two in the morning on Sunday, Citizens Bank Park was filled with energized
Phillies fans waving their white rally towels. An hour later, downtown
Philadelphia was still so crazy with happy baseball fans that a section of
Broad Street was closed to traffic, except when Victorino happened to drive up
and police quickly permitted him to go through. It is the kind of civic
goodwill that Nielsen ratings can never measure. "The longer you wait for
things," Moyer says, "the more you appreciate them."