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Dodgertown Before the Storm

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It has been a long wait for Dodger fans. The Phillies pushed the Dodgers around last year in the 2008 NLCS. Philadelphia made short work of the Boys in Blue, sending them home in just five games. And it wasn't that close.

The Dodgers were a team riding on the dreadlocks of Manny Ramirez and hoping Derek Lowe's sinker could continue ducking under the powerful lefty bats in the Philadelphia lineup. It was simply not to be. The phrase made famous by the Dodgers back in Brooklyn rang so true as the Phillies celebrated a World Series birth: "Wait til next year."

In a few hours, it will officially be next year.