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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 VALENTINA

    THANKS PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!

    I NOW LIVE IN ALABAMA, BUT I STILL ROOT FOR THE PHILLIES.
    YOU MADE ME PROUD TO BE A PHILADELPHIAN. I AM CELEBRATING RIGHT HERE.

     
  • Posts: 0 Branden

    This is a dream come true for me. I was born in 1982, so I never witnessed them winning it all in 1980. This team means everything to me. I have been waiting for this moment ever since I knew anything about something that we all consider”America’s past time”. THANK YOU PHILLIES!!
    I am so proud of “MY TEAM”.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I was at the parade in 1980 I was 11 years old. This is surreal 3 days later and it still hasn’t completely sunk in. Thank you Phillies for a much needed boost to the city. This Championship is exactly what we needed. This team has embraced this city and took unto itself the desire and dedication of each and every fan. They brought a grit and determination to the game that hasn’t been seen in this city in a few years. Thank you guys for Fightin’ all the way… We are the champions !!! Phinally !!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 brian

    Thanks for memories, we started down with you at spring tranning and stayed with you guys the hole year. I just hope my son rembers the ride….

     
  • Posts: 0 UgaVIIfan

    I am a SF Giants fan and was rooting for Phillies to win because we have 2 former players on your team: Pedro Feliz and Scott Eyre. Pedro Feliz has always been very solid on defense and he’s surprised our team with key hits – as he did in Game 5 where he got the winning RBI. Scott Eyre was a very good reliever also — so I was thrilled to see two good former players win their World Series Ring. Congratulations!!

     
  • Posts: 0 DD

    What a season!! Not only are you World Champions but you are group of guys who are so easy to root for! I am proud to be a phillies phan!! Thanks for a GREAT RIDE and congratulations to each of you. Have a wonderful offseason. I am already counting the days to spring training and phillies baseball again.

     
  • Posts: 0 BabeRuth

    Cardiac Kids? You know it. Watching them from on high actually STARTED my heart a few times!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 NDCMRNC

    Thank you to all the PHILLIES for a great show. This TEAM and this City looked wonderful on the national stage. The people of this city definitely needed something to celebrate after the horrible year this has been with four of our officers killed. This TEAM provided just what we needed. Thank you … thank you …. thank you.!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Alex

    I was born in 1983, and therefore have never seen a major Philadelphia team win…so I can honestly say that I’ve truly been waiting for this all my life.

    The Phillies hold a place in my heart and always have. I grew up in South Philly, a stone’s throw away from the Vet and the Fightin Phils. When I was old enough to work, one of my first jobs ever was selling souvieners at Veteran’s Stadium during both the Phillies and the Eagles seasons. Although I love the Eagles as well, I didn’t enjoy working their games much, considering that they took place in the dead of winter. I ALWAYS looked forward to going to work during Philles games though. Seeing all of my fellow fans and how dedicated we are to our team and our city was something I loved.

    I’ve been to a ton of Phillies games that I wasn’t paid to be at as well. I will never forget taking trips to the game with my family and friends as a little girl. As I watched Veteran’s Stadium come down, I couldn’t help but to be sad. So many memories and so much of my childhood was in that building.

    Up until this year, I fully believed in the curse of William Penn. I thought Philadelphia teams were destined to be those who get to the Champsionship and choke. I was so thrilled to be in attendance when the Phillies won the Division this year, but honestly had my doubts about how far they would make it.

    Way to prove me wrong, guys!!!! I was stunned by what a great team we have and what a great job they did during this post season. Not only are they the World Ph***ing Champions, but they manage to look good doing it, too (I’m talking to you especailly Shane, Cole, and Pat).

    You’ve made your fans so proud. I stood on Broad and Shunk after the National League and World Series wins and have never seen so many people so excited before. I’m hoping I won’t have to waittoo long to see it again.

    GOOD JOB BOYS…WE KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Alisa

    I was so happy i cried. Thank you so much!!!! I will never forget what you have done for this city!

     
  • Posts: 0 CarolineSmart

    You young guys are great what a thrill,I was at the 1980 Parade too old to go to this one.But you made my family & the city of Phila proud.Stay well hope to cacth a game next year,when I go at least once or twice a year you always make me proud.God Bless All of You keep safe.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jennifer

    THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE TEAM FOR YOUR HARD WORK ALL SEASON!! I HAVE WAITED ALL MY LIFE TO SEE THE PARADE DOWN BROAD STREET AND I PHINALLY GOT TO SEE IT!!! PAT BURRELL I WILL MISS YOU!! YOU ARE STILL NUMBER ONE WITH ME! AND TO THE REST YOU GUYS ROCK!! CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!!! WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chris S.

    THANK YOU! You are the best! My grandfather missed you winning by a year, but I know 100% he was with you guys, I told him to help you out throughout the series. heehee. Love you and look forward to this again and again and again. Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bob

    Congrats Phillies you guys are the best im a huge fan and philly loves you guys thanks for a great season

     
  • Posts: 0 Tom H

    Chase said it best “WORLD CHAMPIONS…WORLD (BLEEPING) CHAMPIONS” I love this team and wanted to thank them for helping make 2008 the best year of my 29 years on this planet!

     
  • Posts: 0 DAVID HARRIS JR

    I STILL ON CLOUD NINE ! IT IS GREAT TO BE FROM PHILADELPHIA! AND IAM SO HAPPY LETS DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR.!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Jr.

    Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies!! I was at the parade cheering you guys on, way to go, do it again next year…

     
  • Posts: 0 Kelly

    I was in grade school during the last World Series and I was so upset AI couldn’t be at the parade. This time, nothing was going to stop me. Thank you so much for the win, the experience and the great season.!

    Keep up the good work.

    GO PHILLS!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 PhillyGuy

    The final 3 innings of game 5 was the most perfect microcosm of the season and the playoffs. It had a home run, an almost home run, stolen base, play at home, a bunt, getting the lead, losing the lead, getting the lead again, etc. The Phillies play was outstanding.

    Thank you for a wonderful year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Robert

    Just got back today. What a trip…. Thank you Phillies for making all my dreams come true. It was a long time to wait but It was worth it. Absolutely wrecked after my flight back to Ireland.
    Congrats, Phillies, You did us proud!

     
  • Posts: 0 Wes

    What an accompleshment for a team that stuck together all year long
    and did not look back at from when ever or who ever went into a slump
    and worked there butts off to bring this city the championship it rightfully deserves . A long time has gone bye since we all had the oppertunity to celebrate and because of the ownership of this team and the outstanding judgement they made to hire a general manager who has the experties to bring in new good talent that did help this team be successful in the goal we all thought could be accomplished and win a world series not only for the fans but for the players who made it possible for everyone to enjoy victory. Quote Mike Schmidt,Take this championship ans savor it because you all deserve it. Yes we all do deserve it . Congradulations To all of the people in the Phillies organization and thank you very much.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracy Hudgeons

    Thank you to all the players and anyone that has to do with the organization for the wildest ride of my life…What a rollercoaster. I was 9 in 1980 and in 2008 I felt like I was 9 again. Thanks again for making me feel like a kid again and for bringing us a championship. The parade was a day I will never forget. You guys semmed to be having more fun than we were and we all got to share that together….Thank You !!!!!!
    We Are The Champs

     
  • Posts: 0 Rose

    Congratulations to the entire Phillies organization!! Thank you! Thank you! The experience of the parade for my family was unbelievable! You made us all a part of history!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrea

    Thank you Phillies for bringing home the championship. My grandmother, “MOMER” was a big fan of yours and I only wish she was still here to have celebrated with you. But I know she is in a better place and it was she who took her wings and made all those balls fly out of the park.

    I enjoyed watching the parade with my father “HERB” and his best buddy, “MR GEORGE” as we had the best seat in the house (my office window).

    My family and I commend the entire organization on a job well done.

    Don’t stop now this is only the beginning.

     
  • Posts: 0 LA Dave

    In 1980 i was 10 years old as i sat in the 700 level to watch Tug Mc Graw close it down and Harry Kalas’s voice echoing through transister radios. My parents let me take the day off for the parade as my brothers and i climbed a pole just to get a glimpse of our heros: Mike Schmidt, The Bull, Gary Maddox, Larry Bowa, etc. Fast forward 28 years later and many Phillies games from here to LA and around the US. I am so freaking happy, thank you 2008 Phillies. My mom is in heaven looking down and she is loving it. I can not believe it. We watched every game from the Shack( Philly HQ here in LA) with my fellow PHILLY fans and had goose bumps. i love this game and my hometown of Philadelphia. I miss it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Donna

    My whole family is so proud of the Phillies as a team and as role models for our young children. You’ve worked hard and deserve the glory. Let’s continue this trend next year!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kristina T

    Even though I am only a teenager I’ve been watching the Phillies forever ! The
    night you won the World Series was the greatest feeling of my life…I just want to say Thanks for a great year and a great post season…See you in the spring!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kimmy S

    Even though i’m young, this has been the best 15 years of my life,thanks to you PHILS!haha. When you guys won the world series that was the best day of my life! I’m a veeerrryyy big phillies fan.i still wear my phillies “gear” everyday(: i really hope you guys come back and win it again next year! Watching the world series and seeing the phillies parade were days i will never forget! Long story short-PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES->WORLD SERIES CHAMPS ’08!You guys deserved it! Oh and I LOVE YOU CHASE!!!(:

    PHILLIES FEVERRRRRRRRR!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils in 5

    Game 5 was my 30th birthday!!! I can not think of a better way to celebrate, It was a dream come true, I have been season ticket holder for 4 years and I was at game 5 and it was the greatest day of my life!!! LOVE THIS TEAM

     
  • Posts: 0 Mary

    Go Phillies!!!! Lets do it again next year!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kristin

    Thanks for a wonderful season!! October 29, 2008 was the greatest day of my life!! Let’s do it again next year!! Go Phils!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Anthony

    THANKS………………..BIG TIME!!!!!!!

     
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