The 2008 Phandom 25: Memorial Day Blockbuster

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sat, January 03, 2009 07:13 PM | Comments: 8
2008 Phandom 25, Posts

Last year I wrote a series of posts chronicling 2007’s 20 greatest moments in Phillies Phandom. Each game had a special “wow” factor, whether it was an insane comeback, an awesome feat or a trademark moment. And each game was a Phillies win, of course.

For this year, clearly, you know the top moment. But ranking the rest was very difficult. Do I rank the NLCS second just because? Is the NL East clinching victory as important as other postseason moments? I used some heavy discretion, but I believe I came up with a pretty solid list.

Each moment has an attached video link, if you’d like to go back and reminisce.

Like the 100 Greatest Phillies countdown, I’ll be posting one per day. I swear, you won’t get any more countdowns this offseason.


21. XX: Sweet Redemption
Date: May 26, 2008

Memorial Day 2008. “Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was the big show in theaters for the summer kickoff weekend, but the Phillies put on their own blockbuster on the cinema known as Citizens Bank Park.

It seemed like an innocent enough game. The Phillies and Rockies traded early runs, and by the end of the third, the score was tied at four. A little high, sure, but nothing would prepare us for what came next: A 16-run outburst by the good guys.

Picking it up in the fourth, it started with Chris Coste, who doubled down the right field line to make it 5-4. Then So Taguchi lined a double down the left field line, making it 6-4. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley then drove in runs, before Pedro Feliz ended the fourth with a two-run single. 10-4 Phils. Game over, right?

Not yet.

In the sixth, against Josh Newman, the Phils decided more teeing off was in order. With two on, Coste delivered again — a three-run bomb to left field. Then Utley singled to drive in his fifth of the game (three came on his league-leading 16th homer in the first inning), before Howard brought two more with a single. 16-4 Phils. Now we’re done, right?


In the eighth, Utley drove home his sixth of the game — a personal record — to make it 17-4. Then TJ Bohn collected his first RBI. 18-4. Finally, Feliz brought home two more. 20-4.

Fine. There’s your game.

Actually, it finished 20-5.


The video: The Phillies plate six in the sixth.

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  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    No comments, because they expired. But there were only, like, 14 at the time.

  • Posts: 0 nate

    was there. totally outrageous. had standing room tix and watched from pretty much every angle in the park, including field level for the last two innings cause most people had left.

  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    That’s actually a very good way to watch a game like that. That’s the kind of game where it’s cool to walk around the park and take in the place, cause you can afford to miss one run.

  • Posts: 0 IRONPIGPEN

    Twenty runs are great – T.J. Bohn is not

  • Posts: 0 Jim

    I was at this game, this was the peak of the phillies offense

  • Posts: 0 T Marty

  • Posts: 0 d

    how dare you. TJ Bohn is amazing

  • Posts: 0 Eldon Corell

    Oops mate you have many crazy error codes on your blog about parse error unexpected T String in line 17

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