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The Night I Saw Wilson Valdez Pitch

Posted by Michael Baumann, Thu, May 26, 2011 04:47 AM | Comments: 33
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It’s very seldom that you see something happen in person that, as you’re watching, you know you’ll never see the like of again. It’s only happened a few times for me. When I was in ninth grade, I was talking to a friend while we were walking down a sidewalk, and (I forget how) the “running man” dance move came up in conversation. At the very moment my friend said “running man,” a running man passed us on the sidewalk. When I was a freshman in college, another friend and I were walking across the Horseshoe, the green area at the center of campus, when we saw a person in a giant mouse costume playing soccer with a person dressed as a giant panda. I’ve never seen anything like that before or since.

Then, tonight, I saw Wilson Valdez throw a scoreless 19th inning and go down as the winning pitcher in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. I was there on this remarkable evening, and I’d like to share it with you.

The game started off innocently enough. I went to tonight’s game with Paul Boye, a tremendous baseball man who used to write for this site and has been my best friend for ten years. We arrived shortly before first pitch, and for nine innings, it was, more or less, a normal game. Roy Halladay got hit pretty hard by his standards, but the Phillies were tied after nine innings, and, enjoying our seats at the top of Section 415, with a nice breeze on a beautiful evening for baseball, we were more than happy to consume extra innings. I even made a joke about how the last Phillies game I attended in person was a 12-inning affair against the Brewers last month, and that I’d be happy if we could beat that.

Things got weird around the ninth inning. We’d been more than a little cheesed that we were heading to the first game of the Reds series that wouldn’t feature both Dom Brown and Chase Utley, but after John Mayberry singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and was sacrificed to second by Exxon, we heard “Kashmir” over the loudspeakers. Then Nick Masset gave Utley a free pass. Then he threw a ball to the backstop, sending Mayberry to third and Utley to second. Then he gave Jimmy Rollins a free pass. We were only, in the words of the late, great baseball blog Walkoff Walk, four balls from shrimp, and we were freaking out. But it wasn’t going to be that easy. Dom Brown, on for Ben Francisco, popped out, and Placido Polanco further bailed out the wild Masset by grounding into an inning-ending fielder’s choice.

After about nine innings, the stands start to empty, even in places like Philadelphia. The couple sitting in front of us with the cute toddler we were trying not to drop peanut shells on all night had long left, as had the guy trying to start “Let’s Go Yankees” chants a few rows in front. One person we ran into on the way out to the car after the game told us he contemplated leaving in the middle of the 10th inning, but reconsidered. Lucky man.

When Jay Bruce blasted an Antonio Bastardo pitch out of the yard, we were sure that Tony No-Dad would take the loss and we’d get home at a reasonable hour. It was not to be. Ryan Howard answered in the bottom of the 10th off Francisco Cordero, and that’s when Paul and I had our first man-hug of the evening. I’d had trouble getting reception on my phone all night, and it was at about this point that I was able to check Twitter and see what the Phillies blogosphere had to say about the game. Through ten innings, no one really thought much of it, but that was about to change.

A good friend of mine lived in Los Angeles for most of his early childhood, and his dad once took him to a game at Dodger Stadium. My friend, then four years old, started acting up, as the story goes, and his dad had to pick up and take him home after only two or three innings. That day was July 28, 1991, and Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos pitched a perfect game that evening. I imagine those who left waking up tomorrow with similar emotions.

I was pretty sure the game would end in the 11th. Kyle Kendrick hit Brandon Phillips in the hand with a pitch, and Phillips danced around for a few moments with anger, as he is wont to do, before taking his base. J.C. Romero then came in and walked Joey Votto. At this point, Romero, who’s not much better against right-handed hitters than you or I, was facing Scott Rolen with the go-ahead run in scoring position and one out. Then Romero, out of nowhere, caught Phillips too far off the bag and picked him off. Suddenly, we could see our way out of the inning and, sure enough, after two more walks, Ramon Hernandez grounded to David Herndon with the bases loaded and two out.  That’s really when it first hit me that we might be witnessing something truly bizarre. If Kyle Kendrick, J.C. Romero, and David Herndon could load the bases without giving up a hit, then get out of the jam with no damage done, anything could happen.

Then the most bizarre event of the night happened. David Herndon stayed out there for the 12th and 13th innings, and he was throwing darts. Herndon lived, for 2 1/3 innings, at 94 with the fastball, and though we couldn’t tell much of anything about location or movement from where we were sitting, none of the seven batters he faced reached base. Yes, that David Herndon.

In the 14th inning, we were treated to the 14th Inning Stretch, which I had never experienced before in person, and despite it already being after midnight, and despite home being more than an hour away, I was loving the absurdity of the late extra innings so much I secretly hoped to be around for the 21st Inning Stretch. It was also around this point that I started having trouble keeping up with the innings–I was convinced that we had played the 12th no fewer than three times, jumping ahead from the 11th to the 12th in my mental calculus, then counting it accurately, then forgetting about the quick work done by Herndon and Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek when it came time to start the 13th.

Kate, the Long-Suffering Fiancee, had by this time heard about our late-night travails and sent me a text message while Danys Baez was preparing to enter the game.

KTLSF: “Is it a good game?”
Me: “In parts. When baseball goes past 12 innings or so it just starts to get strange.”

Baez went on to mow down the first five batters he faced, creating a string, as odd as this sounds, where he and David Herndon had combined to pitch four consecutive perfect innings. But Baez, as we know well, is best used in small doses, one or two innings, maybe three in an emergency, which this game counted as for sure. Baez was the last man standing, the Jay Witasick in Game 6 of the 2001 World Series, who would sit out there and take whatever abuse he could bear, and then some, because his team had no more pitchers. After Baez’s second inning, I sent this response.

Me: “The Phillies are out of relievers.”
KTLSF: “Nooooooo. So what do they do?”
Me: “Paul and I have spent the last two innings trying to guess.”

It’s true. In that time, the ushers began to clear out the upper decks, trying to regain some semblance of a head start on cleanup before the next day’s game. Looking back on it, I’m really sorry for all those peanut shells. Anyway, as Baez trundled on into the night, inning after inning, this is what the upper deck looked like:

Not a soul. Before too long, Paul and I were ourselves ushered out of our seats and down to the 300 level like so many cattle, though he speculated the brave individuals who had stayed through 14+ innings could be fit into the lower bowl with room to spare.

But all the while, we were discussing what would happen when Baez inevitably ran out of gas. Would it be a starting pitcher? It couldn’t be Vance Worley, who went five innings yesterday. Conventional wisdom is that if you bring on a starter in relief in an extra-inning game, you bring in the person who started three games ago, so he could throw on the day he usually did his side work, but Roy Oswalt‘s balky back made that proposition a frightening one. Cliff Lee, tomorrow’s starter, perhaps? Or Cole Hamels, on one day’s rest, storming in to shut down the Reds in relief?

Or would it be a position player? Of those left, Domonic Brown probably threw the hardest, but considering that Jose Canseco once suffered a serious arm injury in a relief appearance, would Charlie Manuel risk his top offensive prospect?

Me: “They have one more inning from the guy who’s in now, then probably a position player.
KTLSF: “Do they ever practice that?”
Me: “Not really. You just pray one of your guys pitched in college.”
KTLSF: “That’s crazy.”

Perhaps the most accurate characterization of the night, from a person who, to my knowledge, has never watched a baseball game voluntarily in her life. But I was wrong. Baez pitched a third inning, then a fourth. Then Paul got hungry. How, I have no idea, since Hoagiefest is on and we’d each eaten one of those, plus about half a pound each of peanuts. But in the middle of the 17th inning, he went to look for food.

Last summer, I went to a Braves-Nationals game with KTLSF and her mother at Turner Field, and all KTLSF could talk about was something called “ice cream in a hat.” Apparently, as a child, she’d enjoyed eating soft serve out of one of those plastic batting helmets and would not hear of our taking in a ballgame without consuming ice cream in a hat. So we spent the fourth inning of that game scouring the concourse for ice cream in a hat. Notice, in the image at left, how much happier she seems to be about ice cream in a hat than I am. Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed mine too, because this was a mid-August day game in the Town that Sherman Burned, which meant that the temperature in the stands was somewhere between the inside of an extremely hot chicken tender and the temperature one would experience while standing on the surface of the sun. But considering my own experiences with ice cream in a hat, imagine my surprise when Paul came back for the bottom of the 17th looking like this:

Now, when KTLSF and I had our ice cream in a hat, it was because it was a brutally hot afternoon and, for her, it was a vital part of the experience. When Paul got his, it was because it was the only food left on sale by the 17th inning. But that’s a long enough digression for ice cream.

At any rate, Danys Baez put in a real yeoman’s performance, pitching (extremely effectively, I might add) up to and past the limits of his own endurance, through not three, or four, but five innings of scoreless relief. His counterpart, Cincinnati righthander Carlos Fisher, deserves equal credit. But for someone who gets as much stick from Phillies fans as Baez does, he put in a performance this evening of almost literary quality, and for that he deserves our respect and praise.

But when Baez came out for the top of the 18th, the cavalry was nowhere in sight. Cliff Lee had not run out to the bullpen to get loose, and it was obvious that the Phillies’ last reliever had nothing left in the tank. While checking Twitter for news, I saw that Jackie Bradley Jr., the center fielder for my alma mater, the University of South Carolina, and reigning MVP of the College World Series, had taken note of the Phillies’ remarkable game, and when I asked him, since the Phils would likely need another bench bat before the night was through, if he’d be willing to come up and help out, he offered his services. Sadly, he was unable to make it to Philadelphia from Columbia, S.C. in time, but hear this, Ruben Amaro: Bradley’s expected to be a first or second-round pick in next week’s draft. He would have gladly filled in tonight, and Shane Victorino ain’t going to be around forever. That’s my two cents.

Still, in Bradley’s absence, and in the absence of any activity from Hamels, Oswalt, or Lee, the guessing game continued, then intensified when Dane Sardinha pinch-hit for Baez in the bottom of the 18th. Martinez to the mound, Brown to center, Hamels in right? Brown to the mound, Sardinha in right? Valdez to the mound, Martinez to second, Brown to center, Hamels in right?

In the end (and yes, I know, I’ve buried the lead), it was Valdez to the mound, Polanco to second, Ruiz–who was an infielder in the minors–to third base, and Sardinha behind the plate. It was only when Exxon took his warm-up tosses that we realized that Jay Bruce, whose appearance we’d been fearing the past four times through the lineup, was due up in the 19th, along with NL MVP Joey Votto. I had been taking, then erasing, videos of every at-bat by Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard since the 12th inning or so, hoping to catch the hit that won the game. This is the only video I didn’t erase tonight. This is Wilson Valdez’s scoreless 19th inning, from Paul’s and my perspective.


It was ecstasy and absurdity, as you can probably tell by the tone of my voice throughout the film. After the inning was over, I saw a text from my brother that read: “Are you watching Wilson Valdez shaking off Sardinha as if he has more than one pitch?” Indeed, in fact, he was. Valdez was more than a little lucky, since Votto’s fly ball could easily have been a double or worse, but he really looked comfortable out there, sitting in the high 80s and mixing in what was either a sinker or slider that he used to induce a pop-out from Jay Bruce.

I want to let that video stand for itself, except for one thing. At one point in the 19th inning, I said “This is the most fun I’ve ever had at a baseball game.” I truly believe that. It was bitersweet when Fisher finally ran out of gas after he threw more pitches (by half) tonight than he ever had before in a major league game. Considering that Dusty Baker, through overuse and carelessness, has ruined the careers of such pitchers as Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, and Aaron Harang, we wish Fisher the best going forward, but that his excellent 5 2/3 should come to an end on so mundane a note as a sacrifice fly seemed banal. A game of this peculiar character ought to end with a bases-loaded walk, or a rundown that allows the lead runner to score, or a plague of locusts or somesuch. We’ll read tomorrow about the length of the game, or that Exxon became the first player since Babe Ruth to start a game in the field and end it as the winning pitcher, but watching it unfold gave it a special character that I thought was deserving of a better ending. Mostly, though, even though I was sweaty, and hoarse, and tired after six hours in the bleachers, I just couldn’t believe the fun had to come to an end.

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About Michael Baumann

Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 Rick

    Great story, man. ( I remember getting one of those ice cream in a hats at the Vet, so many years ago-that made me chuckle- great pic of your friend)

     
    • Posts: 0 Redsoxpop

      Awesome experience! Wish I could’ve seen the game live. Ok, only one thing… you’ve got to give Dusty a break. The GM is responsible 99% of the time for over use of pitching. “We pay, you play.”

       
      • Posts: 0 Dan

        That’s a bunch of baloney. The use of pitchers is about the only thing the manager has exclusive control over

         
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Good for you and Paul sticking it out.

    Yes, the ups and downs of this game culminating with a “W” is exhilarating and after a high speed roller coaster that nearly makes you yak then giddy, I suppose you could call it fun too (well, some of us do). But really – the Phils tried their darndest to give this game away time after time and the Reds just refused to take it. You recalled the 11th perfectly, how sick was that? A hit batter and 3 walks yet the Phils walk away?! I think that one of the bloggers here calls Dannys Baez arsonist #2 (Herndon has the first spot, Romeo is #3) and how awesome was he? He also is #2 on my list, behind Herndon just ahead of Romeo. Give the man some heavy props, this was classic. 5 innings, a very manageable 73 pitch count only giving up 1 hit and 1 walk with no runs? I’m a tough sale but this was redeeming (OK, till next flub).

    I waited and waited for Carlos Fisher to be gassed – 3 walks, 4 hits and 95 pitches?? This is his 3rd year pitching (and his first outting this year) – I’ll bet his arm is just about to fall off today.

    In the bottom of the 19th, I prayed that Choochie would not get a ball hit his way and that everyone else was gassed – wow, what a sight. Good game? It really kinda sucked by both teams. But just like a coaster ride that almost brings up lunch, at the end of it you gotta say “Cool!”

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Damn, and an afternoon game today. I wonder if it got past 11:00 whether they sent Cliff home to sleep. Pat, if you answer that, it would be great. Just wondering. Obviously Mike, stimulants were involved in your night last night…god bless. Whatever gets you through. Thats good stuff. I just hope that when you wake up and read your article from today you don’t recoil in horror and think “I wrote THAT?”. Fret not. An enjoyable read from “in the moment”. I really admire the fact that you guys are so young and love baseball so much. I wish I could switch places with you.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Brilliant summary. Thanks (I didn’t make it past 14).

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Dispy, I honestly don’t know. I didn’t see him in the locker room postgame, but I also wasn’t looking for him. I don’t know the protocol on things like that. If I find out I’ll post it here.

     
  • Posts: 0 BirmCori

    I heard on the post show that Cliff was sent home to rest for today. Worley having pitched the day before was unavailable and Hamels pitched a bullpen session which is why he was unavailable. They said something about Oswalt too, but it was 2 in the morning and my brain was shutting down so I used it to drive home. Incredible game and it may never happen again so I’m saying it now – Baez was OUTSTANDING! OUT. STAND. ING. All those people saying ‘those poor guys have a game at 1.’ How about theose poor people in the stands who had to be to work by NINE… Troopers and honorary Phightin’s perhaps?

     
  • Posts: 16 Lyndanne

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    I love the ice cream in the hat :) I still have about 5 of my hats from yrs past we still eat ice cream at home out of them! What an awesome game so sad I couldn’t be there but staying up all nite getting 4hours of sleep and coming to to work is really not fun but so worth it
    Great story definately one for the books! (note at the royals stadium you can get mixed drinks in a plastic royals adult beverage cup… fancy!! have a few of them too)

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Weird that I came home and started watching the game from the beginning and then when the lady of the household got home SHE wanted to watch the American Idol finale. Ok….I admit it…..I wanted to watch it too (you guys can make funof me all you want) …except that I would have been more than happy to watch that the next day on DVR. Anyway, because we started watching Idol late (on DVR) we didn’t finish with that til about 11:00. I kept checking back to see what the Phillies were doing off and on and, when she finally went to bed at 11, I settled in to watch another 2+ hours of some of the best baseball drama ever.

    The fact that I’m a big Valdez supporter on here and that I also stick up for Raul probably more than most of you….and maybe more than I should…. only makes the outcome even more weird. And I’ve been wanting the Phillies to get rid of Baez since LAST May so it’s even more ironic that he did what he did.

    All in all, this was lot of fun. I was at the game the night before when Madson blew it in the ninth and I only wish that the nights would have been reversed.

     
    • Posts: 0 Don M

      The key is starting it late…. fast forwarding through all the crappy group-singing, and Lady Gaga performances … and you can watch a two hour episode in like 20 minutes. Also, Lauren got robbed

       
      • Posts: 0 Chuck

        I did A LOT of fast-forwarding. We needed to watch the performances from the night before AND the results from last night. Too much fluff and filler although I will say that seeing Steven Tyler do “Dream On” was kinda cool….even though he was by himself and it was a shortened version.

         
      • Posts: 0 Don M

        J-LO shaking her a$$ was the best thing I saw all night… at the 2:00 mark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htqfWxowIFM

        You are all quite welcome

         
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Dipsy, I heard Ricky Bo say on PostGame Live that Cliff indeed did go home early.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Fell asleep in the 14th… BUT… I wanted to give props to J-Roll – we’ve been saying how his defense looked like he was starting to lose a little the past few weeks, but in the 13th, he made a nice play in the hole, quick, strong plant and throw to get the super-fast Stubbs at 1st base (and Yes, he was out) . . . . two batters later, a shot at Votto knocked him backwards, he made a strong throw to get him at first .

    So his range might be a little less than years prior, but he’s still got the arm, and is still among the best defensive SS in baseball in my book.


    Also wanted to give props to Herndon who had the bottom just dropping out of everything he threw. . . . oh yea, JC Romero is terrible. …Im usually the last guy to criticize our players, but how can you be a major league pitcher and just not be able to throw strikes??? There has to be a lefty somewhere in the farm with more to offer than Romero

     
  • Posts: 1189 Manny

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    I watched the entire game and it was AMAZING. After Rauuuuuuul hit a triple with no outs, we had the chance to go up 4-1… but we couldn’t get him in. That pissed me off. And then in the 9th, Dom Brown popping up with the bases loaded and 1 out was also upsetting. Then you have freaking Bruce hit a HR in the 10th… that’s when I muted the TV to make the end of the game less painful. But then Ryno hit that bomb and it was game ON.

    Herndon was great. Baez was spectacular! Right around the 16th inning I was saturated from the game, but I kept watching. No way you turn off your TV after all this time watching the game… you don’t wanna miss something special.

    The speculation kicked in, just like Michael described in this post. I was expecting a starter or Sardinha to come out and pitch… but then it’s freaking Wilson Valdez, the guy with the low WAR, low VORP or whatever. That didn’t matter. He was pitching against the meat of the order in the 19th inning in the longest game at CBP. And he was throwing 85-89 mph. CRAZY. To Votto, Rolen, Bruce, and Hernandez (?). Absolutely insane.

    After the half of the 19th inning, you figure the Phillies players better find some reserve energy and win that game. And it was one of my favorites, RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL, who got the winning RBI.

    Can I just say: Best game ever? Best game ever.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I am sorry guys. Outside of Wilson saying I dont count pitches just outs this was a terrible game. Since when did not scoring or hitting make it a great game. our offense is pathetic. last night showed. the reds outside of the two are horrible.n ight

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    oh and i also love phillips saying i was talking to rollins at second. lol…if im baker he is benched to the all star break. these players are to friendly.

     
  • Posts: 103 Bart Shart

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    Jeff, I must admit it, but you are a young Bart Shart. A man who sees things for what they are. A man who is not afraid of controversy.

    Yes, I saw the whole thing…..and I woke up this morning saying “I CAN’T BELIEVE I SAW THE WHOLE THING.” And I immediately hit the Alka Seltzer. Oh What A NIght !!!!

    The team will be gassed today. I’ll be there to cheer The Boys on. Clifford Lee will pitch a gem.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I think the mean Great = Entertaining … and how can you argue with that?

    The Reds offense is nasty- but its not going to be there every night. Stubbs, Phillips, Votto, Rolen, Bruce … one of the best lineups in all of baseball … Tied for 1st in MLB in Runs scored, last year they were 1st in the NL

    Last year I called them the 2007 Phillies – if their pitching clicks at all, they are a very dangerous team this year

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Don….And I will say THANK YOU!!!

    Saw it last night , but to see J-LO doing her thing again just made my morning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    if only those stupid tassles weren’t there…

     
  • Posts: 103 Bart Shart

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    Wilson Valdez , with his pitching performance last night and his three hits, is going to stay with the BIG TEAM all year. He has added a new position and value to his role as utility player. Don’t be surprised if he comes up with a few new pitches — palm ball, fork ball, screwball and ephis pitch — to match his fastball and sinker. Moreover, he has entered hearts of many Phillies’ fans and will stay there for quite a while. Don’t be surprised if they start working on his placque for the Phillies Hall of Fame.

     
  • Avatar of Dropped Strike Three

    “Video” Dan and the production crew were really scraping the bottom of the barrel to rally the crowd in those later innings. The Robot Cam & Bongo Cam. Clips from War Games, Hoosiers, Animal House, Rocky, and Happy Gillmore. About 7 clips from Ce-Lo’s Forget You, The Friends theme song, and Pink at 1AM. And two renditions of Take Me Out to The Ball Game (one of which was premature). Nice work!

     
  • Posts: 0 brandy101

    I watched on mlb.tv (I live in the Chicago area) and then the video feed went out in the 16th or so, so I switched to local radio (WPHT) for the end of the game. AMAZING! Great piece and I hope you commit that video to a dvd and keep it in a safe deposit box!

     
  • Posts: 15 Blanton is Beastly

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    Sportscenter is a f***ing joke. There could have been a top 10 play just from this game. They put one play in the top ten (Rollins’ turnaround throw to first). I couldn’t believe the things they missed.

    How about Wilson Valdez getting 3 players (2 of which are great hitters) to pop out in his first attempt at major league pitching? How about Howard’s excellent job digging out Jimmy’s throw that was almost identical to the one that made the top 10? How about Herndon’s goalie-like reaction to catch a rocket grounder on the mound? How about Herndon’s catch and quick toss to Howard to get out of a bases loaded jam? How about Polanco throwing out Jay Bruce at home? How about Romero catching Phillips sleeping at second? How about Ryan Howard coming through with a homer to keep the Phils in the game? How about the fact that Herndon and Baez, two guys who have a reputation for blowing games, put together two excellent performances for 7.1 innings of 1 hit, 1 walk baseball? How about Ruiz still hustling and diving after a foul ball after having caught 18 innings!

    And I’m sure I’m forgetting other good plays too.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    IM guessing the Top 10 included 8 dunks, by guys that are 7 feet tall…

     
  • Posts: 0 Stacy28

    Live in Ky…..happy the Phils were on tv here (due to our proximity to Cincy)…had BAD storm in the 11th hit and lost electricity so did not see finish of game :( :( :( enjoyed reading the blog and seeing the video of Wilson pitching….

     
  • Posts: 0 lou possehl

    If the L.A. paper gives decent coverage to this game, I will carefully store the sports section away – together with the L.A. Times I’ve saved from this …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JHPGipLPrE

    … a game I attended – but, unfortunately, didn’t stay to the end. (In Comments, I’m “gotmilk7926″.)

     
  • Posts: 81 PhP54

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    This is exactly why I said we need to keep Valdez. The man will run into a brick wall for the team. This is not the norm, but goes to show how much he wants to win.

    On another note – I was completely impressed with Baez. I have been very critical of him, and I am glad to eat SOME words.

    If everyone gets their stroke going, we may not even have to do anything (trade-wise) – except get a new LHP for the pen to replace Romero.

     
  • Posts: 45 JakeyJ

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    We had the game on ESPN2 in Florida and I made to the 16th inning and had to bail. I had to be into work at 6:30AM the next morning and was already looking at a short sleep with a about 5AM get up time. When the extra innings started rolling along I remember thinking Charlie was really burning through the pitchers. I still wasn’t ready when I got up the next morning and brought up the Phillies page on the computer and saw WP-Wilson Valdez.

     
  • Posts: 48 krukdriver

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    I watched from the first pitch to the end of the 12th, (had to go), and the next day felt like I’d missed the whole game. (“Valdez 1-0 ???? Wha?????”)

     
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