PHILADELPHIA -- Arguably the most unusual World Series game in history Wednesday night brought with it one of the most unusual World Series finishes in history: For only the second time ever, the Philadelphia Phillies won the title.
Following a 46-hour delay, the first World Series game ever suspended resumed on Wednesday night, in the bottom of the sixth inning, with both the Phillies and Tampa Bay playing as if they were racing the clock.
From what it looked like, the 45,940 packing Citizens Bank Park returned en masse. They stood for the entire final 3 1/2 innings. And they rocked like rarely before when the Phillies finished it off 4-3.
They won it when J.C. Romero worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, and when closer Brad Lidge slammed the door -- again -- in the ninth inning. It capped a perfect season for Lidge: He converted 41 of 41 save opportunities during the regular season, and seven-of-seven in the postseason.
The ninth inning kept them guessing: After Evan Longoria popped to Chase Utley in shallow center field, Dioner Navarro cracked a broken-bat single to right. Pinch-runner Fernando Perez stole second, but pinch-hitter Ben Zobrist lined to Werth in right field.
Then, in a moment Phillies fans will remember forever, with the potential tying run on second and an 0-1 count on Eric Hinske, the pinch-hitter struck out.
Lidge immediately dropped to his knees and thrust his arms, while catcher Carlos Ruiz rushed out to hug him. The rest of the Phillies flew to the scene, creating an instant jampile that will be replayed on video around here for years.
"It's honestly very hard to control emotions right now," Lidge said.
And that much was clear -- for all of the Phillies.
It was the Phillies' first World Series title since 1980, and only the second in club history. Considering that this was the 104th World Series played, it's been quite a wait for a club from a city that has become accustomed to watching everyone else win championships.
Not since the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983 has one of the four major professional sports teams in Philadelphia won a title.