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Sending Thanks To Our World Champions

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, October 30, 2008 04:06 PM | Comments: 234
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Thank you to:

Geoff Jenkins. He was the most obvious pinch hitter in baseball history, and he decided to knock the biggest hit of his entire career, a leadoff double.

So Taguchi. Didn’t do anything in the postseason, but came up with the big hit against the Mets earlier this season. A loss or two there to the Mets, and it’s a different story.

Kyle Kendrick. Struggled this season, but had a couple big starts, including an eight-inning shutout against Oakland.

JA Happ. The top prospect pitched some big innings down the stretch and gave fans a reason to look ahead to 2009.

Clay Condrey. The best long man in baseball even had a few huge spots late in the season.

Rudy Seanez. Came up big in a couple spots with his veteran moxie.

Eric Bruntlett. The runt had a couple huge moments in 2008, including the mad dash to the plate in game three of the World Series.

Chris Coste. 30-year-old rookie hits the climax of his career. From Fargo, N.D., indie leaguer to world champion.

Tom Gordon. “Flash” may never pitch again as a Phillie, but he had a couple big innings early on.

Matt Stairs. The barrel-chested 40-year-old socks the biggest home run of his life in game four of the NLCS.

Scott Eyre. From no-man’s land in Chicago to late-innings hero in Philadelphia. With a loud mouth to boot.

Chad Durbin. From swingman to late-innings guru, he was one of the big acquisitions in the offseason.

Greg Dobbs. The best pinch hitter in Major League Baseball, and the best in Phillies history.

Joe Blanton. What a trade deadline pickup — the big man went 4-0 down the stretch, then gave a string of huge postseason performances with his arm and bat.

Pedro Feliz. Supplying big defense all season, Feliz came through with the game-winning RBI in the World Series clincher.

JC Romero. What a grab last season. The left-hander may have had you biting your nails, but when didn’t he finish the job? He got the win in game five of the series thanks to a gigantic double play — the play he always pulls off.

Jayson Werth. Another big grab. The slender, goateed outfielder rose from the underground to have his best offensive season ever.

Ed Wade. Yes, Mr. Wade, thank you for building a foundation that became world championship-caliber.

Brett Myers. What a story. From closer to starter to minor leagues, then back to the top. Myers was integral to the team’s late-season push, and never, ever kept himself quiet.

Jimmy Rollins. The 2007 MVP claimed the Phils would win 100 games in 2008. He was benched, he was ridiculed, he was loathed, then returned to lead the team to the promised land … and 103 wins.

Carlos Ruiz. Left for dead as an offensive player, Chooch upped his game in the World Series with big hits. Oh, and he was the main man calling the best pitching staff in baseball, bell to bell.

Shane Victorino. The Flyin’ Hawaiian became a star in 2008, especially in the postseason. He broke the club record for RBI in a postseason, then had two big RBI in game five.

Ryan Madson. He started as a long man, almost left for dead as a prospect that never truly blossomed. Then the autumn arrived; Madson became the best late-innings guy in baseball, especially in an almost-spotless postseason.

Pat Gillick. Bit by bit, he picked up integral players that became huge contributors to this team. From the very small (Stairs) to the very huge (Lidge), Gillick fit the pieces together perfectly. If he goes out, he’s going out on top.

Ryan Howard. The 2008 MVP candidate had another strong power year, then woke up in game four of the series with two mammoth home runs. The biggest threat remains the big man.

Chase Utley. The Man. All business, he epitomized the 2008 Phillies through grit and 100-percent effort. His defense shone through brighter than anything in the postseason, and his throw to the plate to end the seventh will go down in franchise lore.

Charlie Manuel. The best manager in Phillies history.

Cole Hamels. NLCS MVP. World Series MVP. Ladies, gentlemen, distinguished persons: Cole Hamels is the best pitcher in baseball.

Jamie Moyer. The 45-year-old kid from the suburbs won a world championship. His first. With the team he grew up watching and rooting for. Congratulations, kid, you absolutely deserve it.

Pat Burrell. Saving The Bat for second to last. Maybe he’s not the best Phillie player of all-time, but while Utley epitomized the team, Burrell epitomized the city. Downtrodden for so long, The Bat realized his dreams, thanks to a clutch leadoff double in the seventh. He might be gone after this season, but boy, will he be missed.

Brad Lidge. Unquestionably the team’s most important player. The best offseason acquisition I’ve ever seen, Lidge was perfect — absolutely perfect — in 2008. And he delivered the final out of the Phillies second world championship with a slider heard ’round the Valley.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, 2008 Philadelphia Phillies. We love you.

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  • Posts: 0 MikeMc26

    You said it perfectly Tim. Thanks for all the hard work, perseverance, and grit to you Tim and to OUR WORLD CHAMPION PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tom W

    Thanks for the TEAM work. You deserve it all!!

     
  • Posts: 0 JJF

    Chase – Your throw to the plate cutting off a run was probably the key to victory last night and will surely be right up there with the play made by Pete Rose when Boone bobbled a popup! Way to go good buddy!

     
  • Posts: 0 Paul B

    I was at the final game in 1980, with Tug McGraw, et al, which was an incredible experience and still a great memory…this equals that and abit more since it’s NOW!!! Thanks to the entire Philly’s organization and all the fans that ‘kept the faith and continued to believe’ all these years…it’s been well worth the wait…’WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS…OF THE WORLD’!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Betsey Batchelor

    You played from the heart…. I could feel it.
    Thank you for all that you gave to the game and to all of us. :^)

     
  • Posts: 0 Andy

    This was truly awesome. I knew how important it was for this team to win a World Series with the core group intact. Let’s stay contenders for many years to come.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jason B

    As I sit here writing this, I think of the many young adults in my generation who had waited for this moment, but because of god’s will, never lived to see it. I just want to pay the respects to those who did not live to enjoy this moment in our sporting history…. and Thank you to the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies, who made 27 years of heartache worth suffering through! You cannot have the sweet if you don’t know the sour, This is pretty sweet!

     
  • Posts: 0 cm

    Let’s do it again next year!

     
  • Posts: 0 Fred Lennon

    Congratulations for giving us a good year and a great series. You won the series on my moms birthday (which passed away in 1988).
    Thank You

     
  • Posts: 0 Jessica

    I was 8 years old for the parade in 1980, and my mom pulled us out of school. 28 years I’ve waited to see this again! I’m stuck in Colorado this time and can’t be home, but I’m there in spirit!! I love my city!! I love this team!! They are the greatest!! Utley is the man!! GOD BLESS THE PHILS!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Louis Morrone

    Never a doubt with these guys. They have the right stuff. I hope they all come back and do it again! Like Harry said,”2008 World Champions of Baseball”.

     
  • Posts: 0 Frank H.

    I had no doubt you guys would be World Champs. Congradulations savor it!

     
  • Posts: 0 Sheila

    Thank you Phillies! What a team! Each and every one of you deserved to win! We’re so proud of you. And ya gotta love Charlie Manuel!

     
  • Posts: 0 Cle

    GO PHILS! YOU GUYS ARE DESERVE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Steve E.

    I want to congratulate the Phillies on one of the most memorable seasons in a long time. There were ups and downs and bad games for everyone but you came together at the end and won it all. You all said that it was the team that won it and without the team you could not have won it. The fans backed you 100% and will always back and it is great that you could bring a championship to Philadelphia again. Good luck next season and try to live up to what you did this season!

     
  • Posts: 0 Cle

    GO PHILS!!!!!! YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST AND DESERVE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mario

    I am thrilled to no end that the Phillies phinally won the World Series ( again )…..and glad that they are team to end the curse of Billie Penn…

    HOWEVER…and a big one at that…the Philly dude that moved to LA and is flying home for the parade and giving up a Halloween Party at the Playboy Mansion needs some therapy!!! Somebody needs to have a sit down with that young buck!!

     
  • Posts: 0 sharon g.

    You guys ROCK!
    Thanks for giving us something to believe in and for making our dreams come true!

     
  • Posts: 0 Latifa

    Thank you phillies for never giving up and fighting all the way to the end. There were a few rough times but you believed and fought hard for it. You played as a team and are now known as the 2008 WORLD CHAMPS. GO PHILLIES!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ann T

    I am 74 yrs old and I watched all the games in the series and I was so happy to see the Phila. Phillies win. Go Phillies===Good Luck and God Bless all of you.

     
  • Posts: 0 Krista

    Thanks making all the Mets fans I live around cry! You guys are amazing.

    And for the inspiration to get my tattoo the year we win the World Series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Steve T

    Wow! That was fun!

    Let’s do it again!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I’m starting to get sad that this season is over…I don’t want to wait until April. :(

    I can’t believe the trolls coming over here to try to trash this team and our fans. Do they not have a life? Show some respect.

     
  • Posts: 0 JEANIE

    YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!! WHAT A TEAM YOU ARE – THANK YOU FOR MAKING US PROUD!!! I HAVE NEVER SEEN A GROUP OF GUYS WHO REALLY PLAY AS A “TEAM” LIKE YOU GUYS HAVE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS!! THANK YOU FOR BEING SO GREAT!!!!!!!!!

    GO PHILS!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Iva G

    Way to go Phillies!!!!!!
    Thank you for a memorable time in our lives,,We love you guys.
    To Mitch Williams we always loved you also.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mickey D

    $4$ best entertainment in professional sports. Congrats guys! And now, the countdown to Spring Training…

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Great article on the Top 5 Feel Good Stories of the World Series for the Phils. Shows a great deal of love and respect to us.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/The-top-five-feel-good-stories-of-the-Phillies-;_ylt=A0wNdbM5agpJCBUBXQARvLYF?urn=mlb,118452

     
  • Posts: 0 T Marty

    Hellluva Ride. it’s almost sad that it’s over, but the results, can’t ask for anything more. 2008 Phillies you made my adult life. (i was 9 in 1980), thank you. thank you so so much… platonically speaking, i love yous.

     
  • Posts: 0 steve s (stick)

    as ron simmons says on WWE; DAMN!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 CHARLIE

    CHARLY,THANKS FOR GO OUT THERE DAY AFTER DAY AND WORKING WITH THIS TEAM TO PUT US ON TOP OF THE WORLD. WE ARE THE CHAMPION OF 2008 .NO ONE CAN EVERY TAKE THIS AWAY FROM US.
    THANKS YOU FROM THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE. GO PHILLIES WE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPS. I JUST WISH MY FATHER BUSTER AND BABY SISTER DILLIE WERE HER TO SEE WHAT YOUR TEAM HAS DONE THIS YEAR. I KNOW THEY WERE WATCHING FROM WEREVER THEY MAY BE.
    THANK YOU
    CHARLIE REGO

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I remember watching the last world series with Tug McGraw pitching.What a game that was and now this championship game. WOW!!!
    All I can say now is ” You Got to believe,Why not Us”
    Way to go Phillies!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Christina R.

    PHILLIES!! I LOVE YOU!

    i had such a fun time this season watching every game either at the Bank, home or friends house.
    Watching the Phillies the other night made me believe that phaint dealt the phans of philadelphia a sweet hand!
    Phillies i love you all, especially jayson werth, i had so much fun during the season by having my 17 game plan seats in section 105 row 7. Thanks jayson for always noticing the phans and tossing balls up to little phans-the kids. i will never forget you kindness!
    And all the laughs I got from my fellow phans when i held up my personal sign to you ..”its WERTH a try …. can i get a KISS?” you’re man!

    congradulations –you guys deserve it!

     
  • Posts: 0 Helen

    Congratulations guys!!
    Thanks a lot …..what a win
    Way to go Phillies

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian

    Thank you, guys, for quite a ride! Was amazing, spectacular, awesome, and whatever descriptions you want to use …. your hard work and determination are appreciated by the fans everywhere. Special “thank yous” go to Pat Gillick, Charlie Manuel, and their staffs for their incredible foresight and talents. Enjoy the parade, Phillies family … it was a truly incredible season!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tom

    Thanks for a great season. It”s truly been one of the best TEAM efforts Ive seen in my 50 years of following the Phils!

    Congratulations ….hope to be writing another thank you note next year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Phan!

    CONGRATS TO THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES!!!
    YOU GUYS GAVE US A HELL OF A YEAR!
    I WORK AT THE BALL PARK IT WAS AWESOME TO BE THERE AND CHEER ON THE PHILLIES WHILE I WORKED STANDING IN MY SECTION IN MY CONCESSION STAND FOR 5 YEARS AND WAITING FOR THEM TO DO SOMETHING AND THIS WAS THE BEST YEAR YET I CANT WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR SEE YOU IN 5 MONTHS AND ONCE AGAIN
    CONGRATS TO THE PHILLIES
    2008 WORLD CHAMPIONS

     
  • Posts: 0 Bob L.

    Don’t forget to thank Easy Eddie Wade for Brad Lidge!!! HAHAHA

     
  • Posts: 0 Joy

    I would love to thank all the phillies for a great season and a great win!! I moved to St. louis just before the Cardinals won the series in 2006. All I ever heard This year was that the Phils could never wrap up a world series. Welll, Thanks for shutting the mouths of all these very off the wall people here in this state. I am a true Philadelphian forever!!! No matter where I live. Go Phils!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Leonard Rogers

    i was in the service when we won the last world serie and thank you Phillie
    for put philly on the maps everybody know philly now.

     
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Memories, current and past about our Phightin’ Phils! This is tops.
    In 1980 I remember being with my former wife & in-laws watching the games on TV. My mother in-law on her knees along side my wife everytime the Phils came to bat in every game from the series with the Expos, Astros and the WS games – jumping and screaming…

    28 years later, I have 3 season ticket packages with my best friend, my grand daughter (14) is a certified #1 phan, saw the opener this year, the clincher, the final game and 5 playoff (including all 3 WS) games.

    A bunch of us are heading to the parade today, how could we even think of missing this? Thanks to “T-money” (friend and co-worker) for filling in for me today brother!) I can be there. What a beautiful day ahead of us! I have the camera, we’ll be at Broad St. then head on down to the Park and what a time, a culmination of the time of my life!

    How can these feelings (sorry, Pheelings!) truely be explained? Grown men crying! Everyone who goes to the Park has a bond, we are all Phans. Enjoy this my brothers and sisters! This core of champions seems to have the right ingredients to make this into a sweeeet tradition – the best candidate for the CY; 2 MVP players with another favorite; the best (at least this year) closer in all of baseball “Lights Out”!

    Lets remember though, the Phils got here for a few reasons and without this one we would be watching it all on TV highlights – this year we had the best BP I have ever seen!

    Yeeehaa! See you all at the parade! I cannot sleep —–

     
  • Posts: 0 M.V.P 29

    You make my dream com thru.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kevin Arnold

    I have been waiting 28 years to see this. I was alive for the 1980 championship but I was only 1 year old, so I dont really remember it. I will remember this for the rest of my life and I hpe that you guys can do it again for my son who is due to be born on Dec. 6 2008. Thanks for everything. this is a dream come true!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Eddie Murphy

    YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME AND YOU WON THE BIGGEST GAME
    ON ONE OF HE BIGGEST STAGES.
    CONGRATULATIONS ALL OF YOU.

     
  • Posts: 0 BrewTownPhilsPhan

    one you forgot:

    Adam Eaton You collected a huge-ass salary for the past two years while demonstrating to the world that you not only don’t belong on a post season roster, you can’t even pitch effectively in Single-A.

     
  • Posts: 0 Angela Concitis

    You Guys’ are the BEST!!!! Thank You Guys 4 the Greatest Victory We’ve Had Here In Philly Baseball in Years’!!!! You Guys’ Made it Worth The Wait leaving Us All In Serspense and Thanks To Mother Nature For Making it More Worth the Wait (LOL)….
    Blessings To All You Guys & The Maniger(s) & Everyone Behind the Team.
    Love Ya All,
    AngieGirl
    (You All ROCK!!!! =}…..)

     
  • Posts: 0 Patrick

    Thanks for giving the city what it was missing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Carole

    Tom (my husband passed away from cancer) he was a huge fan and has so many shirts and hats, since 80′s win he was waiting for this win. I am dedicating the win to him (who I know had a 1st row seat!)
    Thank you Philadelphia Phillies for a great job, it was a nail bitter but you DID it for US the City of Philadelphia AND THE CURSE IS LIFTED!
    Today is your day so that we can honor you. I can’t make it because I am home sick today I will watch it on TV and be with you all the way down BROAD STREET!
    THANK YOU PHILLIES FOR A WONDERFUL YEAR AND CONGRATS ON YOUR OUTSTANDING WIN, I LOVE YOU ALL!

     
  • Posts: 0 Carole Lisacek

    Tom, this one is for you! Rest in Peace
    THANK YOU PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES FOR A WONDERFUL YEAR!
    YOU GUYS DID A FANTASTIC JOB AND DESERVE THIS PARADE TODAY!!!!!!
    YES IT IS A VERY RED OCTOBER!
    WAT TO GO TEAM, I LOVE ALL OF YOU!

     
  • Posts: 0 Janice Duffy

    This was the most thrilling time ever. Thank you for making us forget our problems in the world at least for a little while. Congratulations to each & every one of you. You all made us proud to be Philadelphians!!!!! GO PHILLIES!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Sharon

    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
 
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