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I find it  hard  not to like the Philadelphia Phillies. They  begin to  defend their World Series title starting Oct. 27 .

The Phillies have been off the radar of most of the sporting media, especially ESPN.. As Bill Rhoden, now a columnist for The New York Times but not so long ago my colleague here at The Sun, has pointed out  the Phillies get no respect.

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So they are the underdog, especially matched up against the media darlings of Gotham, the Yankees. The Angels will have something to say about that, rallying last night to win 7-6 and force  a game six.

Yesterday I found another reason to like the Phillies.

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They pour beer on their teammate's' underwear.

That is what Pedro Martinez did to Ryan Howard's boxers as the garment hung in the slugger's locker.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reported the dousing in his account of the Phillies locker room celebration following their defeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Howard reportedly reacted to the soaking of his drawers by laughing and declaring the Phillies " one of the funnest teams I 've played on."

No word on the brand of beer, or the brand of underwear involved.

In the series,  I am rooting for the team with the beer-soaked boxers.

How about you?

Photo of Ryan Howard celebrating: The Philadelphia Daily News

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