While one team danced in celebration on its home field, the other looked on sadly from the visiting dugout. Slowly the players began to leave the field. The winners headed to a party in their clubhouse, the losing team packed their bags.
Even though their immediate reactions to the end of the World Series were completely different, both the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies will be able to look back on the 2009 baseball season with pride.
Phillies: It's true, the Phillies and their fans were disappointed on Wednesday night after dropping Game 6 of the World Series to the Yankees. But they still accomplished so much this season. They won their division championship and the National League championship, reaching the World Series for the second year in a row. Many of their players, such as Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee, had spectacular seasons. They played hard all season, and can be proud of their achievements.
Yankees: Over the course of their history, the Yankees have won many World Series with many great players. Hall-of-Fame legends like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson have all won championships with the Yankees. Even current stars like Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera won three championships with the team. Now, though, players like Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia can add their names to the list of great players who have won the World Series with the Yankees. This is one of the reasons why these players were so happy after the final out was made. They are now a part of history.
Even though only one team was celebrating on the Yankee Stadium field after Game 6, both teams have many reasons to celebrate. They came together for a hard-fought series full of heroic performances, the whole time demonstrating great sportsmanship. The Yankees and Phillies played the game the right way, and that's something that every fan should root for.
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