"Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod!" shrieked Phillies second baseman Chase Utley upon learning his team would meet the Yankees this week in the World Series. "The Yankees are, like, so famous. I see them on TV all the time. I'm so nervous. Aaaaah!"
As the American League Championship Series played itself out, the Phillies to a man said they didn't have a preference what team advanced. But now that the Yankees knocked off the Angels, the team is letting their true wishes known.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard says he is the most nervous of anyone on the team.
"I play at first," he said. "That means every time they get on base, I'll have to make small talk with them. What do I say? What do you say to someone as famous as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez or Nick Swisher? Is it okay if I ask for their autograph? I hope I don't throw up."
The Phillies met the Yankees for a three-game interleague series during the regular season, but they say this is different.
"I'm not going to lie, that was one of the coolest experiences of my life, seeing all those guys up close," said Phillie starter Cole Hamels. "But this is bigger. All of their stars are going to be playing every game against us! On the same field! I'll be snapping pictures the whole time I'm on the mound. Ohmigod what should I wear? My uniform, you think? Isn't that too casual?"
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel says he will try to do his best to put his team in position to meet their goals.
"It's my job to get these guys prepared to meet the Yankees and not look stupid," he said. "That's all we're looking for in this series. They don't want to do or say anything around someone like Derek Jeter or Robinson Cano that they'll kick themselves over forever. Also, if there's any way I could meet Joe Girardi I mean, wow. What an honor. That guy has accomplished so much in this game. He's a personal hero."
Despite the Phillies reverence for the great Yankees, Yankee captain Derek Jeter says his team will have to play well to win.
"They are the defending champs and they have rolled through the postseason so far," said Jeter. "We need to play our best to win. They're a great team."
"Ohmigod Derek Jeter said that about us?" said Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth. "That just seals it. He is, like, the greatest, most coolest guy ever. I'm definitely getting his autograph."