ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports: Last Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies, the losingest franchise in all of sports, surpassing 10,000 losses last season, ended 28 years without a title by winning only the second World Series championship in team history.
On Election Eve, just blocks away from the Phils’ Citizens Bank Park, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., held his last rally before voters hit the polls Tuesday, joining his wife Jill, an avid Phils’ fan, and the team’s captain, shortstop Jimmy Rollins, in urging supporters in this battleground Keystone State to help Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., win the White House.
"Philadelphia, wassup?" said the man known as J-Roll.
“Tomorrow’s a great day, an opportunity to make history again,” said Rollins, who helped the Fightin’ Phils end the City of Brotherly Love’s 25-year title drought, the longest of any American city with four professional sports teams. “We took the curse off by winning a championship. Now it’s time to take the curse off America! It’s time to make a change and we can do that – go out there and vote Obama!"
Moments later, Jill Biden took the stage, sporting a red Phils’ warm-up jacket and waving a white Phils’ towel before a raucous crowd of 2150 in Marconi Plaza as Rollins presented the senator with a Phillies home jersey with “Biden 08” on the back.
“One of the best nights of this campaign was watching the Phillies win the series,” said Jill Biden, who attended the clinching Game 5 victory. “But with your help we can win another big victory tomorrow night! We can make Barack Obama and Joe Biden president and vice-president of the United States!”
"Woohoo," she said as she introduced her husband, a Phils fan himself.
“This woman bleeds red,” noted Sen. Biden.
“I feel good tonight because, you know, you know, things end well when you’ve got Jimmy Rollins leading off the batting order here tonight, I tell you what,” said the Democratic vice-presidential nominee.
“You know, if Barack Obama’s the Jimmy Rollins of the ticket, I feel like Jamie Moyer,” Biden said, referencing the Phils’ 45-year old pitcher.
“You know, you know, the reliever,” he told the crowd, even though Moyer is a starting pitcher.
“A little bit older, a little bit older, you know what I mean?” said the 65-year old Delaware lawmaker. “You know, but we make a hell of a team, I tell you.”
“This election is not about Barack, it’s not about me, it’s not about Sarah Palin or John McCain,” Biden said of the Democratic ticket’s Republican rivals. “It’s about you and now it’s up to you. It’s up to you to take back this country. It’s in your hands! In less than 24 hours, we’ll know who the next leader of the free world is. And ladies and gentlemen, I know, America knows that Pennsylvania’s going to decide the next president of the United States of America. And be Barack Obama! Barack Obama!”