World Series Game 5 : Rays At Phillies (3-1)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, October 27, 2008 05:00 PM | Comments: 416

Game 5 : 2008 World Series
Phillies lead 3-1
Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

8:29 p.m. / 47, light rain
Scott Kazmir (12-8, 3.49 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (14-10, 3.09 ERA)

If the Phillies win, they are world champions.

News & Notes

Hamels defeated Kazmir in game one of the series. Hamels gave up two runs, while Kazmir surrendered three. … Chase Utley homered off Kazmir in that game. Carl Crawford homerd off Hamels. … Hamels is 1-0 in elimination games and 4-0 in the postseason. … This is just the second game the Phils will play with the chance of eliminating their World Series opponent. The last time that happened was Oct. 21, 1980. The Phillies won. … Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria are a combined 0-for-29 with 15 strikeouts in the series. … If the Phils win tonight, they win their second world championship in 125 years.

The Lineup

Jimmy Rollins / SS
Jayson Werth / RF
Chase Utley / 2B
Ryan Howard / 1B
Pat Burrell / LF
Shane Victorino / CF
Pedro Feliz / 3B
Carlos Ruiz / C
Cole Hamels / P

Your Gamenight Beer

Not that I want to jump the gun, but I was given a recommendation by our own Julie Michael, and it’s fitting. Let’s go with Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Yes, celebrate. Celebrate because tonight may very well be the greatest night in Phillies franchise history. Here we are, everyone, at the climax of an incredible season. Time to do it. Time to win. Just win.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    Delicious beer, perfect for the occasion. Anyone notice the big change in Madden’s lineup?

    Kind of interesting that Crawford moved up to 2nd, and Baldelli is in there.

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Just had this beer for the first time ever this weekend. Very solid choice. Hopefully its champagne tonight though.

  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Take us to the Promised Land Cole

  • Posts: 0 Chutley


  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Looks like light rain in the forecast around gametime and may get stronger as the night goes on.

  • Posts: 0 ami

    Does anyone know somewhere around the stadium me and my friends can go to watch the game. We are under 21, so we need a place that allows people under 21 in. Thank you very much for any answers

  • Posts: 0 ami

    Go PHILLIES!!!
    Pat Burrell!! is, always has been, and always will be my favorite player

  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Ami, you’re probably only safe at main sports bars like Chickie and Pete’s and all and getting in before 8pm, when they generally do the cutoff for underage.

  • Posts: 0 Julie

    Right on, Tim. Time to celebrate tonight. Celebrate how good it feels to be in the World Series, how amazing it is for our city, how nice it is for Phillies fans to unite over something positive rather than negative, and the special bond this experience has created in our worldwide Phillies family. Beer before and during the game hopefully followed by champagne after. Go Phils!

  • Posts: 0 ami

    thanks SJ Mike

  • Posts: 0 Rick


  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Bud light here I come

  • Posts: 0 Brian

    Not to be picky, but on the biggest night in Philadelphia in the last 25 years why do I put on csn for daily news live and see eagles talk, and 15 minutes later they’re talking sixers?!?!?!?!

    Screw all that tonight we will take advantage of this opportunity.


  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Brian, 60 of DNL’s 90 is Phillies talk. They led off with Keith Olberman and then a writer from Sports Illustrated.

    And now obviously Ken Rosenthal.

  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    We have waited a long time for a game like this. This is the team’s time to shine. This is the time for Phils’ fans to shine. This is time for the city of Philadelphia to shine. The time is NOW!!! Lets help the team bring home this title tonight.

    LETS GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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    Phillies Nation does not condone underage drinking.

  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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    I just posted some photos from last Game 4.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    In case anyone wants to get MORE pumped:


    Love this video.

  • Posts: 0 Liz Shaeffer

    Where is the Phillies Nation meeting in D.C. to watch the LAST game of the World Series?

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Manny – Awesome video.

    Is there any chance of a rain delay tonight or is it supposed to stay pretty light?

  • Posts: 0 Rob Cowie

    A lot of it is high altitude precip and won’t even hit the ground.

  • Posts: 0 NEPA


  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Great video, Manny.

    I’m trying to stay as calm as I can. Don’t want to get in over my head just yet. Still gotta win the game first.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Let’s freaking do this!

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Figured,i’d try that dogfish head 90 you used as a recommendation last nite…..it has an acquired taste with a roast beef,corned beef hero dripping with its natural juices…….OK,food time is over.Someone before mentioned this is like X-mas eve…you are wrong,its like New Years Eve.Much like the holiday,please make it a safe one……Don’t Drink and Drive!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Come on Phils.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Yo can anyone tell me the name of the song in 1:08 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZPxxHBMD0U

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Well,I picked the Rays to win.I hate being wrong! Always have and always will,and yet I admit my prediction was wrong.Well picking the Rays was more for to embarass the Mets esp when they gave Kazmir the shaft.Looks like tonight there might be a celebration.I honestly can’t see this thing going back to Tampa……good luck.

  • Posts: 0 LH

    A World Series Game Four Moment — My daughter and I sat behind home plate in Section 420 row 8. The game was made more special by the presence of about thirty-five Tampa Bay fans five rows in the rear. The kidding and jawing going back and forth during the game was great. Lines of worry rolled over the Ray fan’s faces in the fourth after Howard’s home run. Four innings later their depressed faces continue to droop with Werth & Howard home runs. My daughter and I stayed seated after most fans had left discussing what had transpired. Magic moments like the dance Jimmy did on the third base line to avoid the correct call. How the umpires had occupied a part of the Phillies post season limelight. How both Jimmy and Ryan are in sync. How our pitchers are leading the post season in hitting or it seems so. How calm the dugout looked in the late innings. How my daughter felt in 1993. We compared Ryan to Babe Ruth’s hitting. She compared Cole Hamels to post season greats Josh Beckett, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux. (Her second favorite team is Atlanta.) I tuned in with Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Whitey Ford, and Jim Palmer. The aroma of the World Series victory hung in the air. And we became intoxicated as we drank our fill last night. On our way out, we were surprise to still see the Tamp Bay fans seated, but they probably wanted to keep a low profile before going into the night. I turned towards them and put my hands and fingers in the air displaying a 3-1 World Series Phillies lead. A well dressed Tampa Bay Ray female southern woman stood up, shook her finger, and responded with a serious face saying “That’s not nice, that’s just not nice!” Her polite banter made us both look at each other, smile and laugh, knowing our team was on the winning side of her comment.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Awesome story LH

    Hey phans, I made this video when the Phillies clinched the division this season… seems like it was yesterday. It’s pretty long but has Pat the Bat’s song. It will pump you up.

    Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX-MmxGZAqY

  • Posts: 0 Jamie


    The hype started well before June 2, 1998. On that date, the Phillies held the first overall selection in the 1998 Amateur Draft, and with it, drafted University of Miami first baseman Patrick Brian Burrell III. It was no secret. The 6’4″ Burrell was the most coveted player in the draft in 1998, after a stunning career at Miami. He was previously selected by Boston in the 43rd round of the 1995 draft, but elected to go to college instead.

    Other first round notables from the 1998 draft included Mark Mulder (A’s –2nd overall), Corey Patterson (Cubs – 3rd overall), J.D. Drew (Cardinals –5th overall), Austin Kearns (Reds – 7th overall), Carlos Pena (Rangers –10th overall), Brad Lidge (Astros – 17th overall), and some guy named C.C.Sabbathia (Indians – 20th overall). Some good picks, others not so good. The Royals took pitcher Jeff Austin at 4th, and the Twins took pitcher Ryan Mills 6th. The list goes on from there as you may suspect.

    When the Phillies selected Burrell, they had high hopes. Who wouldn’t? In three seasons at Miami, he hit .442 with 61 home runs, 187 RBI’s, and had a slugging percentage of .888 – good for second best in NCAA history. He was assigned to the minors, and rocketed from Class A Clearwater (37 games in 1998) to AAA Scranton by the end of his first full season (117 games for AA Reading in 1999, and 10 games at AAA Scranton). He began 2000 at AAA Scranton, where he
    remained for only 40 games. The end result: 204 minor league games, 725 AB’s, 148 runs, 226 hits, 50 doubles, 8 triples, 40 home runs, 149 RBI’s, and a .312 batting average.

    He made his major league debut on May 24, 2000, at the ripe old age of 23. In his first game, he singled off of Octavio Dotel, and later tripled. He went 2-5 with 2 RBI’s and never looked back, hitting .260 with 18 home runs and 79 RBI, finishing fourth in the Rookie of the Year balloting. The next year, he made the move from 1st Base to left field. He responded with another solid season, hitting .258 with 27 homers and 89 RBI. Phillies fans had fallen in love with Burrell, and he hit a career-best .282 in 2002, with 37 homers and 116 RBI. That off-season, the Phillies rewarded him with a six year, $50 million contract extension.

    Phillies fans expected big things from the slugger, however, Burrell struggled in 2003 and most of 2004. His struggles caused some to question his toughness, work ethic, dedication, and skills. He rebounded in 2005, hitting .281 with 32 homers and 117 RBI. Pat was back. Over 2006, 2007, and 2008, Burrell continued hitting home runs and driving them in (29/95, 30/97, and 33/86). However, his average “slipped” to .258, .256, and .250 during that time. Rumors began circulating that the Phillies were shopping their big left fielder, but nothing ever happened. Burrell reportedly vetoed a trade to
    Baltimore in 2006, but very little has been publicly spoken about it.

    Philly fans wanted Burrell to hit .282 every year while driving in 120 and
    hitting 30+ home runs. That may be unrealistic, however, as stats show Burrell is largely a .250-.260 hitter. Over the years, he has become better at pitch selection, and as a result, his on base percentage has remained near .400 over the past few years. He is patient at the plate when he’s at his best, and has fewer RBI chances hitting in the 5 hole, which can account for his lower RBI numbers. His power numbers have remained consistent over the past few
    years, and a strong 2008 showed he’s not done yet.

    Over nine seasons in Philadelphia, Burrell has given us these numbers: 1306 games / 655 runs / 253 doubles / 14 triples / 251 home runs / 827 RBI’s / .257 average. Those numbers are not shabby at all – many players never reach those numbers over an entire career, let alone nine seasons. He’s only 32, and still has a few years of baseball left in him. The question remains on whether the Phillies will offer him a respectable contract, or let him walk away. I urge the front office to get a deal done. Burrell has always been a Phillie, and should be one for several more years.

    In March of 2006, I spoke to Pat during several spring training games that I attended. All he wanted to do is win, he said. It wasn’t about him, his stats, or any awards. Like many ball players, he just wanted to win. Watching the NLDS, NLCS, and four games of the World Series, this fact is obvious. He’s like a giddy little kid in the dugout after big hits. He gives it his all out on the field, although he isn’t the fleetest of foot. He wants to win.

    If Hamels brings it home tonight, I will cry tears of joy for the city, the
    ballclub, the fans, Shane Victorino’s grandmother, and Charlie Manuel’s
    mother. However, I will cry the biggest tears for Pat Burrell and Jimmy
    Rollins, who have endured painful years with this team during its rebuilding phases. Burrell wants to win more than anything else, and he has wanted to give this city a World Series title since the day he signed. Tonight may be the night, and although he’s struggling in the postseason, the team could not have gotten here without him.

    And so we go into tonight’s Game 5 with the possibility this will be the last time we see Burrell in red pinstripes. As strange as that may seem, it is a reality. There will likely be a lot of emotion from him, his fellow players, and the fans. Perhaps we’ve put too much on his shoulders over the years, and expected too much. Perhaps he’s got several more great years left before he hangs it up. Either way, Pat Burrell deserves a World Series ring emblazoned with a Philadelphia Phillies logo on it. And if this is it for “Pat the Bat,” then I leave him with these words: Thank you, and Godspeed.

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Which finger did you use? lol

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Go Phillies :)

  • Posts: 0 LH

    Good video vibes Manny

    Grrrumpy Miner – my palms were facing them – funny – a friend of my asked them same thing

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Holy shit I may just start to cry

  • Posts: 0 A Couple Things

    Will the Phillies choke in the biggest game of their history?…

    Open question to the readers.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    SHUT THE FU*K UP A Couple Things!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Alright I’m leaving now… LETS WIN THIS!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!!!!! GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    I’m going to probably watch the game with my family, so doubt I’ll be up here posting much.

    Let’s Go Phils!

  • Posts: 0 Phils2611

    You will not see Philadelphia choke tonight. I think we all feel it in our guts that this is our game… I know I do.

    I can’t believe how close we are to game time. I can’t wait to sit back, eat the pizza I just ordered, and have a few beers. I just feel bad for my neighbors, because even though I live alone, you’ll be able to hear me throughout the entire complex.

    Good luck to the Phillies and us Phans. May we witness the Phillies bring home the championship, tonight!

    Hamels FTW. Let’s go boys!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Phils2611

    Just saw a cool flag at the stadium:

    “This is our night, ’80 | ’08″

    I didn’t even think of that, how cool.

  • Posts: 0 Karch

    Figures, with just one more win needed for a world championship team in Philly, the front page of Yahoo Sports has an article about how brutish we Philly fans are. Here’s the standard copy he basically cut and pasted from any other “Philly fans are bad” article:

    “Nobody is safe in front of Philadelphia sports fans. The tradition of booing and heckling at ballparks in the City of Brotherly Love was personified in that spontaneous expression of displeasure over Prohibition, and years later when they booed Santa Claus and pelted J.D. Drew with batteries and, this season, needled Phillies shortstop and reigning MVP Jimmy Rollins for daring to suggest the fans are “frontrunners.”

    There he goes with the boo santa claus thing again…

  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Karch, a guy I went to college with posted that article to me. He’s one of many anti-Philly for the hell of it fans who want nothing more then to see them fail.

    I swear, anti-Philly people are angry, angry people….more then what they claim we are.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    yea I saw that article too, ignored it, and got more excited for the game lol.

  • Posts: 0 Joel

    Good Luck Boys…

    Get out there and stake your claim to Philly history.


  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    I tell ya….FOX is petty and a bunch of nit-pickers.Phils committed an error in each game in the fall Classic…I can think of 5 words,who gives a rats ass.

  • Posts: 0 BrewTownPhilsPhan

    Jamie, awesome piece. I really appreciated that.

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Great job by Jimmy – terrible by Crawford.

  • Posts: 0 BrewTownPhilsPhan

    How is “may never have this chance again” part of a pitcher profile?

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Hamels may never have this chance again?!?!? FOX is losing credibility in my book.

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