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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It never gets old, as thousands of Philadelphians demonstrated this afternoon in center city, when they rallied for the Phillies in advance of their NLCS game tomorrow night against San Francisco.

botallico ricky tawa side Former Phillies Pitchers See Good Things In 2010 LineupThe key to the series will be the marquee pitching matchups, and it was fitting that the lunchtime crowd at the Reading Terminal Market featured a star player from the 1980 World Champion Phillies.

Former pitcher Dickie Noles (above) was also joined by Ricky Botallico (right), an All-Star reliever through the 2002 season.

Botallico says the Phils need to set the tone in the first game against Giants’ ace, Tim Lincecum.

Noles has a feeling the Phils will get their offense in gear even though they got by the Cincinnati Reds with a team batting average of .212 — not much better than a pitcher’s average.

Also wearing a Phillies necktie today was Reading Terminal market general manager Paul Steinke (far left in top photo), somewhat of a baseball fan. He says the Phils have to step it up against some tough pitching, but he considers the Giants a much weaker hitting ballclub.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio.

Photos by Steve Tawa

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