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Philly fans share one big sports day

Updated: November 2, 2009, 1:55 AM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Before the empty bottles of Yuengling pile up under the Mike Schmidt statue, before the night devolves to boozy hiccups and four-letter insults, the day starts out genuine and pure.

A man sits on the 9:09 a.m. Amtrak from New York to Philadelphia, carrying two coveted game tickets. John Bartholdson is a New Yorker now, but he has so many Philly stories. He was 9 when he watched a mop-topped Tug McGraw pitch the final strike to win the 1980 World Series. He calls it ...

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