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Phillies win!

Posted on: October 29, 2008 10:05 pm
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Arguably the most unusual World Series game in history Wednesday night brought with it one of the most unusual World Series finishes in history: For only the second time ever, the Philadelphia Phillies won the title.

Following a 46-hour delay, the first World Series game ever suspended resumed on Wednesday night, in the bottom of the sixth inning, with both the Phillies and Tampa Bay playing as if they were racing the clock.

From what it looked like, the 45,940 packing Citizens Bank Park returned en masse. They stood for the entire final 3 1/2 innings. And they rocked like rarely before when the Phillies finished it off 4-3.

The Phillies won it behind RBI singles from Jayson Werth (sixth inning) and Pedro Feliz (seventh).

They won it when J.C. Romero worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, and when closer Brad Lidge slammed the door -- again -- in the ninth inning. It capped a perfect season for Lidge: He converted 41 of 41 save opportunities during the regular season, and seven-of-seven in the postseason.

The ninth inning kept them guessing: After Evan Longoria popped to Chase Utley in shallow center field, Dioner Navarro cracked a broken-bat single to right. Pinch-runner Fernando Perez stole second, but pinch-hitter Ben Zobrist lined to Werth in right field.

Then, in a moment Phillies fans will remember forever, with the potential tying run on second and an 0-1 count on Eric Hinske, the pinch-hitter struck out.

Lidge immediately dropped to his knees and thrust his arms, while catcher Carlos Ruiz rushed out to hug him. The rest of the Phillies flew to the scene, creating an instant jampile that will be replayed on video around here for years.

"It's honestly very hard to control emotions right now," Lidge said.

And that much was clear -- for all of the Phillies.

It was the Phillies' first World Series title since 1980, and only the second in club history. Considering that this was the 104th World Series played, it's been quite a wait for a club from a city that has become accustomed to watching everyone else win championships.

Not since the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983 has one of the four major professional sports teams in Philadelphia won a title.

 

Category: MLB
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Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2008 12:31 am
 

Phillies win!

What a great feeling to be a PHILS FAN!!  Being an L.A. guy,  we won the WORLD SERIES by beating the DODGERS!!  This is just the icing on the cake.  Congrats to a group of guys who proved a lot of people wrong.  Congrats to Charlie, Moyer and the best defensive infield in all of baseball!!

Miller and Knobler whom both gave the Phillies NO chance need to find another job!! 

Thanks to all of you non-Phillies fans for the congrats to a team who deserved to win the series.

The regular season needs to be cut short.  These guys should NOT be playing in 30 degree weather with potential snow flurries.  Baseball is a Spring/Summer game, not Winter!!

Congrats to the Philly family!!  Well deserved!!



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2008 11:43 pm
 

Phillies win!

The Phillies WIn!!!

Everyone one be safe.

What a great game to be part off. On the edge of my seat the hole 3 1/2 innings. What a great game! For all you fans away from Philadelphia, the streets are full and the Party has begun..  


The Phillies win




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2008 11:41 pm
 

Phillies win!

Quick story:

My father was a huge Red Sox fan. He passed away before being able to witness them win the World Series.

 I am so happy to have been able to witness my beloved Phillies win a championship of their own. I was too young to remember the 1980 series.  But, this is something I'll remember forever.

The Phils won this as a team. Every game in the playoffs, somebody new came up big with the big hit. From Matt Stairs, to Victorino, to Howard, to Feliz, this was a complete team effort. They showed tremendous resilience all year. They never gave up and overcame long odds.

This is a team of great stories: Brad Lidge losing favor from his former team, and coming over and having a PERFECT year. Jamie Moyer finally winning a ring after a 20+ year career. He is a hometown guy and was a spectator at the 1980 championship parade, wondering if he'll ever be a part of the parade rather than a part of the crowd. How about Matt Stairs? Playing for about eight different teams and hitting a go-ahead home run against the Dodgers, an absolute back breaker. Victorino, with all his clutch hits. Burrell, overcoming the boos throughout his career and delivering big in the playoffs.

The stories are endless and very motivational and, in many cases, unbelievable. It was truly a magical season. Thank you Phillies for a job well done.  I'm glad I was able to witness it and experience it with you.




Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2008 11:34 pm
 

Phillies win!

Yes, that made me chuckle and wonder if he was making some joke about being such an unusual series that someone could strike out on an 0-1 pitch.  But no punchline.  How do you mis-type that?



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2008 11:29 pm
 

Phillies win!

Obviously, you already do care or you wouldn't have bothered to post.  Must be a Mets Fan.  PHILLIES ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!  Whooooaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2008 11:23 pm
 

Phillies win!

Congrats to Charlie Manuel!!! 
Wish you were celebrating this in Cleveland!



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2008 11:21 pm
 

Phillies win!

Just wanted to add my congrats to the Phillies and their fans.  They had a great season and hope to see them in contention again next year.  Also, hope to see the Rays back in contention next year too.  They, also, had a phenominal season!  Can't wait til Spring Training!!!



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2008 11:20 pm
 

Phillies win!

Congratulations to all of you long-suffering Phillie fans - I thought you guys would get swept by the Rays - but your team proved the oddsmakers wrong and your team did it with contributions from all parts of the lineup and bench and it did not hurt to have Hamels on the mound - great job.



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2008 11:19 pm
 

Phillies win!

Im not a Phillies fan, but how can you not be happy for guys like Moyer, Stairs and Jenkins. All solid veterans - proving that good things happen to good people...



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2008 11:18 pm
 

Phillies win!

We'll never know and never care!



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