The Philly Phanatic is the best of the sports mascots, kind of ironic for the reputation that Philadelphia fans have. And today was his last birthday at Veterans’ Stadium. Kevin Millwood celebrated with a no-hitter.

The Phillies are tied with Atlanta and Montreal for first place in the NL East. But they’ve played the harder schedule, sweeping Colorado and Taking 2 of 3 from the Giants while Atlanta has been beating up on Milwaukee and St. Louis and Montreal has been playing against Arizona and Houston. With the new veterans David Bell, Jim Thome and Kevin Millwood on the team, I think the Phils will avoid their traditional September phold and hang on to win the pennant.

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