The 2008 Phandom 25: Vote For Pedro

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, January 07, 2009 10:49 PM | Comments: 10
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.


16. Oh happy day!
Date: Aug. 24, 2008

Picking up steam back at home, the Phillies met the Dodgers for a crucial four-game series. In Los Angeles, the Dodgers had swept the Phils, so the good guys were searching for revenge. With a 2-0 lead in the series, game three would be won solely by one man: Pete Happy.

“Sunday Night Baseball” was in town again, and they got a treat between the two future combatants in the National League Championship Series. Scoring came at a premium early, with Joe Blanton’s moxie helping him only surrender one run in the first inning, despite a bases-loaded threat. Meanwhile, the Phils were being shut down by Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who had the Phils’ number throughout 2008. But in the sixth, with a Carlos Ruiz on second, Chase Utley broke through, poking a single into the outfield to score Ruiz.

Blanton wouldn’t get to the seventh, however, turning the game to the usually reliable Phils bullpen. This time, however, they weren’t so reliable.

JC Romero started and gave up a tough infield single to the speedy Juan Pierre, but he was caught stealing right away, erasing him from the sheet. A strikeout to Matt Kemp brought the seventh to a quick two outs. But Romero walked Andre Either, sending Charlie Manuel in to bring in right-handed Ryan Madson as part of a double switch. The other player brought in? Feliz.

So it did work.

But not right away, as Jeff Kent singled after seeing a wild pitch, allowing Ethier to score from second. With a 2-1 lead, Chan Ho Park and Hong-Chih Kuo took the Phils down in the seventh and eighth, making the game a very short three outs.

In that ninth, Shane Victorino — complete with Victobeard — led off with a single off Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. Eric Bruntlett was selected to pinch hit for the pitcher’s spot, and Bruntlett sacrificed the speedy center fielder to second. Jayson Werth stepped up with the game on the line, but the usually sure-batting Werth struck out swinging. That brought up another pinch hitter spot, and all that was left was Andy Tracy.

Tracy had four plate appearances all season, and this was unquestionably his biggest. Somehow, someway, he worked a walk. Now, it was up to Feliz, and he delivered, striking a ball into right centerfield, scoring Victorino and tying the game.

The 10th was as nailbiting as the ninth, with Chad Durbin surrendering two singles and a walk before you could scream for mercy. When it looked as if the game was clearly over, up stepped Casey Blake, and somehow, someway, Durbin unfurled a pitch that was smacked right to … of course … Feliz.

Step on third. Out. Throw home. Out. Double play. Breathe out.

Russell Martin flew out to end the inning, allowing the Phils to get an easy crack at a one-run win. The big boys couldn’t deliver, however, especially when Ryan Howard was caught straying off first base. So back to Durbin, who again gave up a leadoff single, but settled in and recorded three consecutive outs.

That brought the bottom of the 11th. As he had done all second half, Victorino led the charge with a big smack — a base hit to Manny Ramirez. But Ramirez played it so lazily that Vic busted for second, and … he beat it. The hustle gave the Phils all the momentum. Chris Coste walked, but Jayson Werth grounded out. That brought up pinch hitter Cole Hamels. Hero? No. Pop out.

So it was up to, again, Feliz. And there would be no disappointment:

“That ball is hammered! Deep left-center field! And … adios!”

Feliz’s walkoff came on the first pitch by Joe Beimel. No need to delay the inevitable.

Feliz’s line read like this: 5 Inn., 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI. He was the main catalyst of the three biggest plays of the game, with both offense and defense playing a tremendous part. Moreover, he was the reason the Phils were able to find themselves a game from a four-game sweep, a game they’d easily win.

Somehow, someway, it was a happy day in Philadelphia.

The video: Feliz hits the game-winning home run

From the comments:

Tyler: .111 AVG, 9 AB, 3 K’s against Broxton in Feliz’s career.

danny: Casey Blake may have a strong chin, but DOUBLE PLAY BABY!

Manny: Pedro Feliz…can he do it again?? Ehhh I’ll keep my mouth shut

Jamie: Okay, back to Pedro. A Feliz walk-off would be not quite the same “titties,” but since they’re titties, they’re still pretty sweet.

that guy: Feliz just shoved a three foot piece of maple up tyler’s ass. Sideways.

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  • Posts: 0 Manny

    haha I remember this one… great game. Shane was amazing also. I kept saying that I was very “Feliz” over and over again, ha!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    This was a rare offensive appearance by our friend Pedro Feliz. I hope to see more of it in 2009. He averages about 20 hrs when he is healthy, but does not hit well. A good compliment to the most outstanding SS and 2b in baseball today.
    Pedro will turn 34 this year, should we look on if the opp comes along?
    You were fishing for some ideas about future interest – what about decent looking prospects or free agents that are not graded A –
    I see that Cordero is on the market. He is represented by Reynolds who convinced him not to take the 2 year option with the Nats, to force arbitration and open bidding. Where do you think his salary range will fall? Probably border line grade of A salary –
    There is another kid in the Yankee org – Justin Christian. OF, about 28, fast with decent size (6’1″ 190). His minor league stats are not that bad, might be pretty hungry and inexpensive. Stairs, Cervenek, Taguchi are probably gone if not marginal and who do the Phils have to replace them so far aside from their biggest signing, Ibanez. Invite him to camp.

  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    great game. still can’t get over feliz’s little strut while he tagged home plate. didn’t look right – still doesn’t look right. anyway, huge game for vic and feliz. also, can we bring up how horrible joe morgan and jon miller are? they are the worst announcing tandem in the history of baseball.

  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    back to the hot stove. where are we on smoltz, baldeli, pudge and peavy? appears to be sleepy time for the phils management. also, i read the mets are talking to tim redding. if they were smart, they’d pick him up quick.

    be back shortly, i need to go tuck in ruben amaro.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I dont even think Tim Redding would make our rotation….Im pretty sure hed lose the 5th starter battle to JA Happ, and its questionable whether he could beat out chan ho park for the long relief role….remember just because he gives the phillies fits doesnt mean hes any good at all..

    baldelli and smoltz are signing for the red sox, thats close to official. pudge is not coming here because the phillies traded for ronny paulino..not like hes better, just that they already made that move. chris coste will be traded before the season starts, id have to think. the orioles probably didnt want to give up whatever the phillies asked for…hes only worth a B level relief prospect at best on the market….everyone knows the phillies will release him or DFA him so why give up anything of value now?

    as for peavy…that would also mean a brett myers exit through another move. however, peavy is a K/flyball pitcher who, while he won the Pitching triple crown in 07 also had a road era of OVER 4 last season. im pretty sure the phillies dont even have anything remiotely close to what san diego is asking for. they asked for major league players to fill a number of their roster holes. so waive gootbye to shane victorino or jayson werth and carrasco,happ donald, and the usual suspects.

    i really dont think its a good idea to trade victorino even for jake peavy since, after hes fixes himself hes become one of the key elements of this squad. i think its safe to say that even if the phillies wanted peavy they probably wouldnt realistically be able to get him without opening up a few holes on their own roster…

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    as time goes on though, im having a bigger and bigger problem with how fast they settled on jamie moyer. im fine with ibanez. but moyer…theres still some guys out there id rather have who have become cheap all of a sudden….

  • Posts: 0 JohnKruksLoveChild

    “In that ninth, Shane Victorino — complete with Victobeard”, I lol’d pretty hard, nice one.

  • Posts: 0 Todd

    hot damn, the phils did play many great games last year… i love this list.

  • Posts: 0 Justin

    I remember watching that game when I was living in Savannah, my 2 roommates were sitting watching the game with me because it was an ESPN game. The 3 of us were going nuts when Feliz hit that game winner it was pretty memorable game especially against a team most people thought was better than us after they swept us in LA.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Victobeard? Classic, a good fit for the sparkplug.

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