Anger, pain washing away as Phillies stand on brink of title

Updated: October 27, 2008, 1:32 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- They stood there in the ninth inning -- all 45,903 of them. They swirled their rally towels in the October night. They shredded what was left of their vocal cords. They counted down the outs.

Many of these red-shirted souls have waited a generation for this moment to come around again, just once. Many more have spent their whole lives wondering what it would feel like.

One win away.

In Philadelphia, nothing is ever ...

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