Let the Bieber Bus Series begin. Andy Pettitte earned the win and set a postseason record for victories, Mariano Rivera recorded a six-out save and Johnny Damon scratched out a big two-run hit, as the New York Yankees head back to the Fall Classic for the first time since 2003 and will face your defending champion Philadelphia Phillies. It's a series that will pit brother vs. brother in places like Easton, Pa., just to name a few, and for the Phillies, offers a chance at redemption for the pennant-winning Whiz Kids, bitterly swept by the Yankees in the 1950 World Series. Cliff Lee has been announced as the Phillies' Game 1 starter Wednesday at Yankees Stadium. CC Sabathia, who took home ALCS MVP hardware, is probable for the Bombers.
Beerleaguer: Along the Bieber Bus line, Philadelphia allegiances are strongest in Kutztown. They get weaker as the bus travels east, toward the stench of New York City. Wescosville is still solidly Phillies - maybe a few NY truck drivers sitting at the Charcoal Diner, but Hellertown, the last stop before Port Authority, starts turning toward the dark side in a hurry. The City of Reading once bled Phillies red, but with the large transplanted Latino population, the fan base has been diluted over the years. The Pedro Martinez signing was a shot in the arm, however, as a record-shattering and heavily Latino crowd came out to watch Pedro rehab for the R-Phils. Still, these days Reading isn't as concentrated as Kutztown's corn-fed socioeconomic demographic. Unless you're one of those hippy-dippy professors from the university, you root for the Phillies end of discussion.