PHILADELPHIA — Shane Victorino doused the fans with a fire hose, Brett Myers and Ryan Howard jumped into the stands to join the celebration and Hall of Fame announcer Harry Kalas sang "High Hopes" over the public address system. Believe it, Philly. The Fightin' Phils are going to the playoffs — just as Jimmy Rollins predicted way back in January.
"There's only one more celebration to try and go for now and that's the whole thing," Howard said.
Considered all-but-out of contention just 2 1/2 weeks ago, the Philadelphia Phillies overcame a huge deficit in the standings, caught the Mets and won their first NL East title since 1993 on the final day.
Howard hit his 47th homer, 44-year-old Jamie Moyer pitched 5 1-3 gutsy innings and the Phillies, backed by a crowd going crazy, beat Washington 6-1 Sunday to end a 14-year playoff drought.
Myers tossed his glove underhanded straight in the air and jumped off the mound after striking out Wily Mo Pena to end it. Pat Burrell ran out of the dugout and hugged Myers and everyone piled on.
The party was on, and it lasted for hours right there on the field, thousands of fans staying to enjoy a rare moment in Philly.
"This has been an incredible ride and we've got to keep going," Burrell said.
The Phillies also needed help up I-95 to clinch, and got it from Florida. The Marlins beat the Mets 8-1 to ensure there wouldn't be a tiebreaker playoff game on Monday.
Philadelphia rallied from seven games down on Sept. 12, matching the biggest September comeback in major league history. The Phillies and the Mets went into the last day tied for the division lead.
Now, it's the Phillies who are advancing to the postseason for only the 10th time in their history. They'll host Game 1 of the first round Wednesday against the winner of Monday's wild-card tiebreaker between San Diego and Colorado.
Somehow it seemed fitting the Phillies enjoyed success the same season they became the first team in professional sports to lose 10,000 games.
A team known for one of the biggest collapses in baseball — they blew a 6 1/2-game lead with 12 games left in the 1964 NL race — took advantage of a colossal fold to finish first. The Phils won 13 of their last 17 and wound up 89-73.
The Phillies' long-suffering fans are quite familiar with heartbreak and failure. One World Series championship (1980) in 125 years makes for plenty of disappointing finishes, especially in recent seasons.
In 2005, the Phillies were eliminated on the final day. Last year, they were knocked out on the next-to-last day of the season.
Finally, the die-hards have reason to celebrate.
Guided by heavily criticized manager Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia overcame a 4-11 start and numerous injuries to key players. Yet even in mid-September, the comeback kids — they rallied for 48 come-from-behind wins this season — never gave up.
"No matter what the stakes are, we're never going to quit," center fielder Aaron Rowand said.
Many players admitted they shifted their focus to the wild-card race earlier this month. Once the Mets started free-falling, helped by Philadelphia's three-game sweep at Shea Stadium on Sept. 14-16, winning the division became a possibility.
No major league team failed to finish first after having at least a seven-game lead with 17 to play. The Phillies joined the 1934 Cardinals and 1938 Cubs as the only teams to overcome seven-game deficits in the final month.
"The Mets just hit a bad streak, and we were able to take advantage," general manager Pat Gillick said.
The Phillies hadn't spent a day in first place until tying the Mets on Thursday night. They moved into sole possession of first Friday, but gave it right back with a loss on Saturday.
Before they took the field against the Nationals, the Phillies looked up at the out-of-town scoreboard and saw the Mets were trailing 7-0. And, you didn't have to be inside the ballpark to know that score.
When the Marlins scored their fourth run in a seven-run first inning, one tailgater leaped high in the air off the back of his flatbed pickup, landing feet-first on a plastic Mets helmet, crushing it into tiny pieces. His buddies circled around and mocked New York fans with "Jo-se, Jose, Jose, Jose, Jo-se, Jo-se!" in the singsong pattern of soccer's "Ole" chant.
Jose Reyes isn't going to the playoffs, but Rollins is on his way. Rollins took heat for boldly predicting last winter that the Phillies were the team to beat in the NL East. Rollins backed up his words with an MVP-caliber season, and added one more highlight to a sensational year with an RBI triple in the sixth.
"I'm no prophet, just a baseball player," Rollins said.
With the crowd emphatically chanting "M-V-P!" during Rollins' at-bat, he lined his 20th triple into the right-field corner for a 5-1 lead.
Sensing something special, the sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park never chanted "E-A-G-L-E-S!" Sunday or during the six-game homestand.
Not since the days of the Dude and Wild Thing — Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams — has a Phillies team captured the hearts of a city starved for a championship. The NBA's 76ers were the last to win a title in 1983.
And leave it to a native son to deliver at a crucial time. While fellow 40-something Tom Glavine struggled for the Mets, Moyer (14-12) was sharp. Moyer grew up in nearby Souderton and played hooky from school to attend the Phillies' victory parade on Broad Street in 1980.
The crafty left-hander allowed one unearned run and five hits, striking out six. He baffled hitters with a typical mix of offspeed pitches and barely 80-mph fastball.
"I'd like to be going down Broad Street again on one of those floats instead of watching the floats go by," Moyer said.
Tom Gordon, J.C. Romero and Myers finished it off with 3 2-3 scoreless innings.
Rollins singled leading off the bottom of the first against Jason Bergmann (6-6). He stole second and third and scored on Chase Utley's sacrifice fly to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
In the third, Howard made it 3-0 with a two-out, two-run single. His solo shot in the seventh capped the scoring.
(CBS) NEW YORK America is well-known across the globe as a country with an obesity problem, a problem that's become so bad, our snacking habits have turned us into a so-called "Twinkie nation."
Over 500 million of the popular golden cakes are sold each year, but what exactly are they made of? CBS 2's Dr. Holly Phillips decided to dissect the anatomy of a Twinkie, worshiped today on sites across the Web and even on the big screen.
Dr. Phillips says there are 39 ingredients packed into the dessert, and all but one are processed.
The ingredients cellulose gum, calcium sulfate, and polysorbate 60 are also used in sheetrock, shampoo, laundry detergent, and even rocket fuel. Author Steve Ettlinger spent five years tracking down the source of every ingredient found in a Twinkie.
"I was surprised that so many not only came from petroleum, but at least five came from rocks," Ettlinger says.
The vitamins, artificial flavors, and colorings all come from petroleum. Phosphates from limestone make Twinkies light and airy.
"Sorbic acid is made from natural gas. That really blew my mind," Ettlinger says.
And the creamy middle?
"There is no cream in the cream, as they say. It's mostly Crisco," Ettlinger says.
Processed foods have been indicted as the main contributor to our childhood obesity epidemic. The 290 calories and nine grams of fat are less-than-friendly to our coronary arteries.
Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, issued a statement about the Twinkie's anatomy:
"Deconstructing the Twinkie is like trying to deconstruct the universe. We think the millions of people would agree that Twinkies just taste great."
Ettlinger says there is no denying a Twinkie is far from a health food. "It is what it is. If you want healthy, if you want something good for you, eat your broccoli," he says.
And while snacking can help boost energy throughout the day, research shows that processed, high-sugar snacks give quick jolts followed by even more fatigue. When it comes to those guilty pleasures, moderation is key.
Italy's anti-anorexia ads have divided France's powerful fashion industry -- with the high end couture federation deeming them "scandalous" while its ready-to-wear cousin hails a fresh move to keep skinny models out of fashion.
Asked to comment on photographer Oliviero Toscani's striking image of a nude anorexic woman which was plastered on billboards and in magazines across Italy this week, Didier Grumbach, head of the French Couture Federation, told AFP:
"I'm pleased this is not happening in France. I find this absolutely scandalous.
"Winning notoriety through people's illness is painful. What we're seeing here is sensationalism by a label, to the detriment of an extremely serious social problem," Grumbach said.
Toscani's picture of Frenchwoman Isabelle Caro, who weighs just 32 kilogrammes (70 pounds) for a height of 1.65 metres, is part of a campaign by Italian clothing firm No-l-ita that was launched in the middle of Milan fashion week under the slogan "No to Anorexia."
"I thought this could be a chance to use my suffering to get a message across, and finally put an image on what thinness represents and the danger it leads to -- which is death," Caro told the press this week.
The French fashion industry, gearing up for its own spring-summer ready-to-wear Fashion Week starting Saturday, to date has failed to finalise a proposed charter to keep ultra thin models off catwalks, magazines and advertising posters.
"This young girl is not a model," Grumbach also told AFP. "This is low behaviour ... It is degrading."
But the head of the French Ready-to-Wear Federation, Jean-Pierre Mocho, did not agree.
"If you don't show people (anorexia) it remains nothing more than dinner-table talk," he told AFP. "You must show the disaster."
Mocho said his federation favoured a raft of stiff measures in France to meet growing global concerns over the link between showcasing skinny bodies and anorexia.
"Whatever the size of a company, measures should be imposed," he said.
Mocho bemoaned the fact that France was heading towards drawing up a consensus charter containing guidelines but no legal provisos.
Leaders of both France's powerful couture world and the ready-to-wear industry had joined a working-group set up by the Health Ministry in January amid concern over teenage anorexia following the death of two South American models last year.
But talks to fine-tune an ethics "charter on body image" drafted in May were suspended and will not resume until next month, a ministry official said.
In France, agencies require a government-registered licence and must request special authorisation for models aged under 16, who undergo regular medical check-ups.
Also asked for comment, the head of the National Union of Model Agencies (UNAM), Isabelle Saint-Felix, said she was unaware of the Italian campaign but believed that anorexia and thin models should not be lumped together.
"We have extremely specific legislation in France for model agencies," she said. "We should do more to promote our laws rather than anything else."
SEX And The City steps back in time as younger versions of the girls are unveiled for the new movie.
The lookalikes of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) paraded on the set of the movie version of the hit show in Manhattan, New York.
But we’re not sure about Carrie’s younger stand-in — she’s about five inches taller.
he book publisher for Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady on the 1970s sitcom "The Brady Bunch," is shooting down rumors that she had a lesbian on-set affair with co-star Eve Plumb, who played her younger sister Jan.
The story of the alleged lesbian affair started circulating the Internet Friday, and was picked up by at least one newspaper on Saturday.
The reported source of the story was McCormick herself in her new tell-all book, "Here's the Story," slated to come out next year.
But the book's publisher said, though there are plenty of other revelations in the book, a lesbian affair is not one of them.
"We are verifying that it is not true," said Debbie Styer, senior vice president of group publicity at William Morrow, the book's publisher. "The real story of what happened in [McCormick's] life and behind the scenes of the show will all come out when the book comes out."
It should no longer be a revelation to fans of the show that life behind the scenes was not as wholesome as the scripted half-hour plots.
Barry Williams, who played oldest brother Greg Brady, revealed in his 1992 autobiography, "Growing Up Brady," that he had been romantically involved with both his TV mom Florence Henderson and with McCormick.
But, according to a press release, there is still more dirt to dish.
I WONDER HOW MANY PAGES ARE JUST FOR HER BUTT ? t's been widely reported that Kim Kardashian recently did a photoshoot for Playboy. But Usmagazine.com has learned exclusively that Playboy chief Hugh Hefner has selected Kardashian as the magazine's December cover girl!
A Playboy source tells Us that Kardashian's shoot reveals more than originally planned. Though her body is mostly draped in sheets and jewelry, the source says that Kardashian "will show one boob, and her bare butt."
It was an art project, meant to entertain career-day visitors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.I.T. sophomore assured security officials after she had been arrested at Boston’s airport yesterday.
But the officials were not amused. The student, Star A. Simpson, 19, is “very lucky to be alive,” said Maj. Scott S. Pare of the state police, commanding officer of the airport’s security contingent. “Had she not followed our instructions” when confronted by state troopers, “we would have used deadly force,” Major Pare said.
The trouble began when Ms. Simpson, wearing a lighted circuit board sewn to her black hooded sweatshirt, walked up to a customer service desk at Logan International Airport and asked about an arriving flight carrying a passenger she was to meet. A nine-volt battery was attached to the circuit board, and Ms. Simpson carried a wad of modeling clay in one hand.
The employee, fearing that the board was a bomb, “asked Ms. Simpson what was on her chest, and she didn’t answer,” Major Pare said. “Ms. Simpson then turned around and left the building.”
The employee called the state police, who undertook a full-scale security operation. Ms. Simpson was arrested at gunpoint on a traffic island outside the terminal after following instructions from officers not to move and to raise her hands with her palms open.
She pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct and possession of a hoax device, and was released on $750 bail.
Ms. Simpson explained to the police that her sweatshirt, which bore the words “Socket to Me Course VI” on the back, was an art project she had created for M.I.T.’s career day.
“Course VI” refers to her electrical engineering and computer science major, which a fellow sophomore at the institute, Caine L. Jette, described as “arguably one of the most difficult majors on campus.”
Mr. Jette and Ms. Simpson are both from Hawaii, and have both been members of the institute’s Hawaii Club. “She’s not your average student,” he said, “but no one at M.I.T. really is.”
This was the second time in eight months that a circuit board had created a security scare in Boston. On Jan. 31, the city was brought to a virtual standstill while the police recovered some of the 38 lighted boards that had been placed around the Boston area as part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for the Cartoon Network. That prank cost Boston $1 million, though the city was later compensated by the Cartoon Network, whose general manager resigned over the incident.
Yesterday’s episode, on the other hand, caused no major disruption to airport operations.
M.I.T. administrators said in a statement that they were cooperating with the police in an investigation of Ms. Simpson’s venture. “As reported to us by authorities,” the statement said, “Ms. Simpson’s actions were reckless and understandably created alarm at the airport.”
Various efforts to reach Ms. Simpson yesterday were unavailing, but Mr. Jette said he was confident that she had not meant to scare anyone.
“She’s not violent at all,” he said. “She’s just kind of kooky like that. Last year she shaved her head and donated her hair to charity. She’s a great girl.”
BRUSSELS (AFP) - Catholic bishops in Belgium have protested a TV ad depicting a pot-bellied, hippy Jesus performing miracles and picking up scantily-clad girls up in a nightclub, a church spokesman said Friday.
"We have expressed our disapproval to the president of RTL's administrative council" Jacques Santer and the ethical advertising body, demanding the withdrawal of this publicity campaign, Father Eric de Beukelaer told AFP.
RTL, one of the biggest media groups in Europe, is running the ad on its main Belgian channel to promote Plug youth television, portrayed in the offending item as the coolest thing that even Jesus, with all his powers, could hope for.
"The Belgian Church is used to retaining a sense of humour on religious subjects," De Beukelaer said.
"In the name of freedom of expression, it avoids attacking cartoonists, but advertising is different," he added.
"An advert for cheese or pate featuring gourmet priests or nuns is one thing, but to turn Jesus into a walking billboard, that crosses the line," he said, stressing that along with tolerance must be respect for the sensitivities of believers.
"To see Jesus depicted as a good-for-nothing, backwards adolescent, that crosses the limits of respectability," he added.
The advertisement ends with God admonishing his son Jesus for demanding a subscription to Plug TV, thundering "you still want more!"
Plug TV and RTL-TVI defended the advert, also being shown in cinemas, arguing that it was not blasphemous but contained a message about a "laid-back Jesus addressing youth."
De Beukelaer said that neither RTL nor the ethics panel had responded to a letter from the bishops, adding that the Catholic Church wanted to make its point without having to resort to legal measures.
FINALLY, ONE OF MY FANTASIES COMES TRUE !!! Remember when you were shocked to learn that TV mom Carol Brady had a fling with her TV son Greg Brady? Well hang on to your hats because those were not the only sexual hijinks going on behind the scenes.
In a new book by Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady), she reveals that she and Eve Plumb, who played her sister Jan, had a lesbian fling.
“The most explosive comments will be how the then-blonde, blue-eyed cutie developed a crush on Eve Plumb, which led to some sexual play. “This book will certainly come as a shocker. While Maureen is not a lesbian, she reveals there were some sexual hijinks going on behind the scenes. “It’s bizarre because she played such a virginal character on the show.”
WHOOPI THROWS OUT A RHETORICAL QUESTION TO CREATE A FRAME OF REFERENCE, BUT INADVERTENTLY "OUTS" HER CO-HOST AS CLUELESS !!!..OF COURSE IN A STRICTLY METAPHYSICAL WORLD "I DON'T KNOW" IS THE PROPER ANSWER ...
The cow didn't jump over the moon, but it sure bounded around Queens last night.
A frightened white-and-brown bovine led a small army of cops and firefighters on a merry chase until they finally corralled it in a Briarwood yard about 11 p.m.
Just where "Queenie" came from was unclear, but neighborhood residents said there are a number of halal butchers in the area who keep animals for slaughter according to Islamic law.
Police said 911 calls began coming in shortly before 10 p.m. from people who spotted the animal hoofing it on Union Turnpike and later at a number of other locations.
Dimitri Mitropoulous, 45, almost came hood to head with the critter.
He was driving past Queens Hospital Center, near the parking lot, when "the darn thing just came out of nowhere. There must have been a little bit of grass in the lot and he was feeding."
Mitropoulous called 911 and got an operator who thought he was a prankster. "She asked me what color the cow was and I said, 'Are you joking? It's a cow in New York City.'"
When it was finally determined there really was a four-legged fugitive - from somewhere - on the loose, cops began tracking Mitropoulous with a Global Positioning System device as he followed the cow.
"We must have gone about 2 miles," Mitropoulous said, "and it was running at a good pace for a while. I had to do 20 [mph] to keep up with it. I was driving right alongside. If I had a rope I would have grabbed him."
The chase ended when the cow turned into a yard next to a three-story building at 85-22 144thSt., where it was trapped by more than a dozen radio cars and Fire Department vehicles.
Scores of rubberneckers mounted light poles, and climbed on trucks and garden walls to watch as the pursuers closed in with lassos.
But the cow was not cowed. Queenie bucked, kicked and mooed loudly as she was wrestled toward a waiting NYPD horse trailer.
The tug-of-war clearly tickled a number of onlookers, who began chanting "Attica, Attica" - a reference to the violent suppression of a riot at the upstate prison - while others laughed.
When the cow was finally in the truck, one exhausted officer was asked where it came from.
"I don't know," he smirked. "It's not talking."
The cop also had no clue what's next for Queenie.
The life of a young cow that escaped from an Astoria, Queens, slaughterhouse was spared after she made a similar dash for freedom in 2000.
Her daring escape spurred dozens of animal lovers to call Animal Care & Control and beg the agency to help save the creature.
It did, and the animal was allowed to spend the rest of her days at a farm-animal sanctuary upstate.
WARSAW (AFP) - A new Polish women's political party risks shocking the majority Catholic country by plastering nude posters of their female candidates for the upcoming October 21 parliamentary election.
Seven women, including Women's Party (Partia Kobiet, PK) founder and president, writer Manuela Gretkowska, have launched their campaign with nude posters of themselves with the logo "The Party of Women. Poland is a Woman" masking their private parts.
The poster also incorporates their electoral slogan: "Everything for the future... and nothing to hide."
"This poster is intended to shatter stereotypes in the anachronistic world of politics, which is more often dominated by uncommunicative men with their black tie outfits," Gretkowska told AFP.
"We are beautiful, nude, proud. We are true and sincere, body and soul. This is not pornography, there is nothing to see in terms of sex, our faces are intelligent, concerned, proud. We do not have our mouths open nor our eyes closed," she said.
"All that interests us is the future, the position of women in society. We will open the archives of the former secret communist agents, we will make known their corrupt affairs," said Gretkowska.