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We don't mean to be doomsayers or anything, but if the World Series were to come down to who has the cooler celebrity fans ... well, the Rays are in for some trouble.

A quick glance at some of the Philadalphia Phillies' most outspoken phanatics shows that Tampa Bay still has some growing up to do until we hit the big leagues as a mecca for celebrity fans. Here's a look at some of the famous folks who will cheer on the Fightin's this week.

Tina Fey The funniest woman on earth (and Upper Darby, Pa. native) claims she first got into showbiz because she wanted to be a Phillies ball girl. "I wanted to be one of those chicks with the shorts who threw the balls back from the outfield," Fey told Philadelphia Weekly in 2006. "I don't really have the looks for it, so it worked out when I realized I wasn't going to turn out hot enough to get that gig."

Will Smith Sure, Smith is West Philadelphia, born and raised — but aside from the occasional pic of him in a Phillies cap, it's hard to tell just how much of a Phillies groupie he actually is. Sidekick DJ Jazzy Jeff, on the other hand? He's bona fide. He was hired to perform at Barry Bonds' All-Star Game party in San Francisco in 2007, and according to the New York Times, showed up wearing Phillies gear. Bold!

Chris Matthews The Hardball host and Philly native grew up watching Robin Roberts lose heartbreakers at the old Connie Mack stadium. "I think I'm just a Phillies fan in my soul," he told the Washington Post. "It's rough. It's like the Cubs."

Bill Cosby Dr. Huxtable is a fan of all Philadelphia teams, including the Phils. After the Colorado Rockies defeated the Phillies in Game 1 of the 2007 NLDS, Cosby groused to the Rocky Mountain News, "I think we should have given (the Rockies) more hoagies, made them heavier running around the basepaths."

Kevin Eubanks Expect to see the outspoken Philly sports fan, and Tonight Show bandleader, wearing a lot of red during Jay Leno's monologues over the next week.

Art Garfunkel Had it been Art Garfunkel, and not ardent Yankees fan Paul Simon, who wrote Mrs. Robinson, that song's most famous lyric might have been, "Where have you gone, Richie Ashburn?" On his Web site, Garfunkel writes: "I never followed the crowd. So as a Queens kid, I didn't want to be a Dodger, Yankee, or Giant fan. One day when I was 8 I went to Ebbets Field and saw the Phillies with their red pin-stripes, Robin Roberts, Pudinhead Jones. Somehow this was for me. The rest is loyalty. Decades of pain."

Tim McGraw In I Like It, I Love It, McGraw lamented that he hadn't "seen the Braves play a game all year." Maybe that's because he's secretly a Phillies fan, by virtue of the fact that his late father, Tug, was a star reliever on the 1980 World Series champs.

Jamie Kennedy The comic actor — who, like Fey, hails from Upper Darby — recently told the Philadelphia Daily News his heart is with the Phils. "The team has got that 1980 feeling and Jamie Moyer feels like a Tug McGraw throwback," he said.

Jim Cramer The third sentence of Cramer's official bio reads: "He learned the value of a dollar by selling ice cream at Veterans Stadium during Philadelphia Phillies games." So if you were looking for yet another reason to hate the financial expert who recently encouraged viewers to bail out of the stock market, now you have one.

Ali Larter Unlike Fey, Larter actually was a Phillies ball girl — sort of. The south Jersey native's big break came when a talent scout plucked her off the street at age 13 and cast her in a Phillies commercial. She joined the Ford Modeling Agency after that, and one Esquire cover story and a whipped-cream bikini later, she's got a starring role on Heroes.

Kevin Bacon According to, the Philly native cheers for his hometown team. "Which means if you break it down to six degrees of separation," the site says, "everyone on earth is actually a Phillies fan."

Rob McElhenney You would expect the creator and star of a show called It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to pull for the Phillies. Indeed, McElhenney is a huge fan, and he and costar Danny DeVito (a Dodgers fan) introduced the Phillies' starting lineup before Game 3 of the NLCS on Fox.

Samuel Alito Let's hope this World Series doesn't come down to a call so controversial it has to go before the U.S. Supreme Court. During Alito's confirmation hearings in 2005, Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame former Phillie, told the Associated Press the judge was "probably the biggest Phillies fan in the world."

Brian "Nasty Boy" Knobbs Wait a second — is our Knobbs, Tampa Bay's most energetic "celebrity" fan, secretly rooting for the Phillies? No, not exactly. But Knobbs is a Pennsylvania native who remains a devout Eagles fan to this day. He's even blogged for the team.

Dwight Schrute Unlike his boss Michael Scott (an avowed Pittsburgh Pirates backer), Schrute boasts an impressive display of Phillies bobbleheads on his desk in Scranton, including 'heads of John Kruk and Mike Lieberthal. What does this mean? It means Jim and Pam are probably rooting for the Rays.

More celebs who might come out of the woodwork: Ryan Phillippe, M. Night Shyamalan, the Roots, Sylvester Stallone, Christopher Guest and Hall & Oates.

Know your phamous Phillies phans 10/21/08 [Last modified: Sunday, October 26, 2008 1:10pm]
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