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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 judy parsons

    Go Phillies!!!!! Great playing skills!! We are very proud of you guys!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Christina

    Thank You for a fabulous season

     
  • Posts: 0 bruce

    WE LOVE YOU FIGHTINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO PHILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jonathan

    This season was an amazing ride. Thanks to the Phillies for playing their hearts out for each other and for us, the fans. You guys did an amazing job. World Champs! Go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kris Fullam

    Thanks for bringing it home to the City of Brotherly Love! We are so proud!!! :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Sue G

    Enjoy the parade Phillies! Hope everyone has a great time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mary Beth

    Just wanted to thank all you guys for a wonderful season. We are proud of you and we can’t wait until Spring Training starts. We miss watching you guys already! Have a great winter and we’ll see you in Clearwater.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ron C

    I’m a big Phils fan currently living in the DC area. Wish I could be at the parade. Thanks for bringing the Championship back to Philly! Congrats!

     
  • I’M ORIGINALLY FROM NEW YORK BUT BEING A PART OF THIS WHILE LIVING HERE JUST MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE BEEN HERE FOREVER!

     
  • Posts: 0 Rose

    Everyone contributed. When some were down others picked it up demonstrating the true meaning of the word team. Congrats to all Philly players, the staff and of course, the fans. I’m sure Tug McGraw was hovering over the field.

     
  • Posts: 0 Cliff Wubbenhorst

    Thank you Phillies you are a great team, with a great manager. You made everyone happy. You guys are the best Phillies team ever!

     
  • Posts: 0 Arielle Elaine

    Great job phillis! That was awesome…
    I love you philis!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Darlene

    CONGRAT YOU PHILLIES. I’M AND FAN FOR OVER 30 YRS.

     
  • Posts: 0 Vicki

    From a lifetime fan from the bottom of my heart – LOVE YOU, Phillies! Congrats and enjoy the parade today! Wish I could be there!

     
  • Posts: 0 Darlene Landis

    Thank you Phillies for giving one of the best nights in my life!!!
    The City of Brotherly Love is back, tks to you guys. Luv ya.
    I saw the game in person, thats one for the bucket list.

     
  • Posts: 0 Gem from Philly

    I was 3 when the Phillies won the world series in 1980, so can’t recall much. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed such an amazing win this year. This is a true team, and your success is testament to that. God bless all of you!! To Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino, I’m your biggest fan!!! Come visit the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia soon and ask for Jannine for a congratualtory cheesesteak and water ice on me. ;)

     
  • Posts: 0 Kevin

    As a Philadelphia native transplanted to North Carolina in 1973, I watched the 1980 and 2008 champions from the far reaches of TarHeeldom. I was 25 years old for the first winner, now I’m 53. For a moment on Wednesday night, I was eight again, seeing Jim Bunning perfect-game the Mets on Father’s Day. I was 17, following every Steve Carlton start in his perfect season. I was 21, seeing Mike Schmidt hit 4 homers in a game at Wrigley. I was 42, saddened by the death of Richie Ashburn.

    All of the sad and happy memories came back at that instant, all of them tied up in my life as a Phillies’ fan. At that instant, even the sad memories were transformed into ecstasy.

    One quibble with the original post, however: I don’t think I could agree that Brad Lidge was “unquestionably the team’s most important player,” if by that you mean the player who contributed most on the field to wins. That player would have to be Chase Utley. His 10.6 Wins Above Replacement Player, as measured by Baseball Prospectus, dwarf Lidge’s 6.3.

     
  • Posts: 0 Cheryl

    wooooowhooooo The parade is starting…Go Phillies…

    I am so stoked…and speechless…

     
  • Posts: 0 Saretta

    Love you guys, great job let make this a habit….. a habit of winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Angela

    Congrats Guys… Thanks a million!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jason

    been waiting since i was 8 for this day…we finally did it…i cried when i heard Harry Kalas calling the final out…

    we did it…and i couldn’t be happier

    congrats guys…and thank you

     
  • Posts: 0 Lex

    Tug is smiling from heaven. I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life. Can’t wait to see us make the series again next year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Erika

    GO PHILLIES!!!! I knew you could do it!!! Now take some time to relax and enjoy this joyous event!!! Keep up the great work :) :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Shelby

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAA

     
  • Posts: 0 Cal/Barb/John

    You made the fans of Philly very, very happy and thank you.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike K

    YEEH 2008 WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!! HOW GOOD DOES IT FEEL TO FINALLY BE ABLE TO SAY THAT!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Elise

    GO PHILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Feels great to be from Philly today! I’ve been following this team almost my whole life and I still can’t believe they really did it! WOO-HOO, 2008 WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tim D.

    What a great year! It was great to see how everyone on the whole team made key contributions. Philly is really proud of their Phillies. I can wear my red with even more pride now. GO PHILLIES!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lisa G.

    Thank you for making Philly proud!

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    The Utley play deserves to be an all-time world series classic. But since Derek didn’t do it, it might fade from the national spotlight into Philly oblivion. If it does, I don’t care, I will always remember.

     
  • Posts: 0 David W.

    NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.. GOOD THING IS I DON’T HAVE TO LISTEN TO THESE DAMN BRAVES FANS ANYMORE ABOUT A CHAMPIONSHIP.. IT’S OUR TIME NOW SO THEY CAN KISS MY ASS…. WISH I COULD BE THERE TO ENJOY LIKE YOU GUYS ARE DOING NOW..

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!! 2008 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

     
  • Posts: 0 barry from yorkshire

    congratulations from all English Phillies fans.I sat up and watched all the postseason games mostly till 4 or 5 in the morning.I am now suffering from acute sleep deprivation but boy was it worth it!Theres been times in my 16 years as a Phillies fan when I’ve questioned my sanity but I’ve kept the faith and its paid off.

    All credit to Pat Gillick for doing a tremendous job backstage.Enjoy your retirement.To Charlie and the team a heartfelt thankyou for making us all so proud.Lets do it again next year

    I’ll be raising a glass or two this weekend to the 2008 World Champions.

    Cheers

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff Z. in Wilmington

    Made turning 50 worth waiting for!
    When do Pitchers and Cacthers report?

     
  • Posts: 0 Pat & Dennis Hillman

    From our family to yours

    THANKS YOU

     
  • Posts: 0 greg

    hamels? best pitcher in baseball? Congrats but that is far fetched he caught fire at the right time.

     
  • Posts: 0 George Keiper

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!
    As a life long Phillie fan and native living in Braves country,you guys have given me years of leaway with these frontrunners.While I am overjoyed for each and every player,I am especially happy for Jimmy Rollins,and Pat Burrell,they have been here the longest and played here when this team stunk.And I am so jealous of Jamie Moyer,(in the best possible way)for living my dream of winning it all in a Phillies uniform.
    Joe Blanton keep swinging,relax for a couple of weeks,and I’ll see you guys in Cleaewater.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike G

    Finally, the Phillies are the Champs and gain some respect from the NY teams. It just go to show that you can’t always buy the best team, you have to have heart. I could not plan a better night than sitting down with my son and watching the Phils play ball. Thanks for all the great moments.

     
  • Posts: 0 SUEZQ

    THANK YOU PHILLIES! The Celebration was awesome! CHASE you are the man!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike

    THANKS PHILS! I became a Phillies fan as an 8 year old in 1964 watching a game with my Dad on his Father’s Day gift, a B&W portable TV. Jim Bunning pitched a perfect game! Every year since I had hopes of a World Series win. By 1980 my hopes were fading, but then the miracle! And 28 years later another one. UNBELIEVABLE! IN 1980 I was at college, but seconds after Tugger’s final pitch for a strike I called my Dad. 28 years later at 9:58 following Lidge’s final pitch for a strike I got a call–my son away at college! Thanks for the memories. Across the country they have no idea, but these Philadelphia teams reside deep in the hearts of their fans in good times and bad. I LOVE THIS TEAM!

     
  • Posts: 0 Monica

    Way to go team! We are so proud of you for all your hard work during the regular and post season. Thanks for bringing a championship to Philly once again. It was fun to watch every moment and a tremendous experience for all of Philly!

     
  • Posts: 0 Landis'

    WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!!
    WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Landis'

    WORLD @#$%*! CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Steve B

    been a Phillies fan for fifty years saw 1980 and 1983 lets do it again next year!

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran P.

    Thanks for all your hard work and hard play. It was a joy to watch ALL SEASON!
    But most of all, THANKS for getting us. We have been nationally maligned as fans but this team understands and seems to really appreciated us and we LOVE you for it.
    SEE YOU ALL NEXT SEASON!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Sheryll B

    Thanks for the great 5 games World Series… exciting to watch…
    You make Philadelphia proud!

    Looking forard to next season.

     
  • Posts: 0 CUSH FAMILY

    CONGRATS PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!! OUR HAT’S OFF TO ALL OF YOU.

     
  • Posts: 0 DAVID HARRIS JR

    I WANT TO SAY IAM SO HAPPY FOR THE TEAM AND THIS CITY ! WE SHOW THE WORLD THAT PHILADELPHIA IS MADE OF ! PRIDE GUTS AND GLORY ! WE LOVE THE FIGHTING PHILS . AND TO THE METS FANS KISS OUR ASS! WE ARE NUMBER ONE ! LETS DO THIS ONE MORE TIME IM 2009 ! GO PHILLIES

     
  • Posts: 0 Roxe from Roxboro

    THANK YOU PHILLIES!! You guys are awsome and (damn good looking too!) See you in the Spring 2009! YOU GOTTA BELIEVE we can do it again!!
    CONGRATS WORLD SERIES CHAMPS 2008!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Michael

    THANKS YOU PHILLIES!!!

    It has been 28 long years and you guys finally did it. I am so happy for this team. What a bunch of great players. I now live in Las Vegas but will always be a Phillies fan. 2008 was great and I believe we have a team that will repeat in 2009.

    WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS 2008!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Eric

    Thanks Phillies! Now that it’s over, I’m wondering what else is next. Guess I’ll keep up the celebration!

     
 
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