Top 20 Moments of 2011 Preview

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, December 14, 2011 08:05 PM | Comments: 6
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The calendar will soon turn to 2012, putting 2011 behind for good. This past season, the Philadelphia Phillies set a franchise record with 102 wins, but the St. Louis Cardinals ruined their World Series dreams. Although the Phillies were knocked out of the playoffs earlier than expected, 2011 was an exciting year filled with memorable moments. As we continue to look ahead to 2012, Phillies Nation will also reflect on the top moments from the 2011 season.

To create our “Top 20 Moments of 2011″ list, each Phillies Nation writer listed their top 20 moments in order. We used a “fair voting method,” the Borda Method, which is also used to tally votes for baseball’s Most Valuable Player Award. Basically, a first place vote equals 20 points, second place equals 19, third place equals 18, and so on. This helped determine the order of our list.

We’ll start at 20 and count our way up to number one.  Number 20 will be released soon, but below are the games that did not make the cut:

Honorable Mentions:

May 11: Shane Victorino ties the game in the eighth inning with a home run.  The Phillies take the lead in the ninth on Rollins’ go-ahead single.  Phillies beat the Marlins, 5-3.

July 8: Raul Ibanez wins the game with a tenth inning walk-off home run against Atlanta.

September 7: Ross Gload hits a walk-off single to sweep the Braves.

To see which moments made our list, make sure you check back for the “Top 20 Moments of 2011,” coming soon!

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  • Posts: 0 Fuhs

    Does the “Presenting the Aces” press conference count? Because that would take up my top 7.

  • Posts: 2 Phil

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    Wilson Valdez mowing down the Reds in the 19th was definitely one of my favorite moments. The 9-1 road trip was great. Go Phils.

    • Posts: 0 Chris

      That Wilson Valdez 19th was probably the most memorable moment of the entire season for those of us who stayed up and watched that entire game. Everything surrounding that was just weird and one of the reasons why baseball is so great. Baez gave us more scoreless innings in a row in that game then he ever gave us in all his time with the Phils (at least it felt that way).

  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    April 29th vs the Mets.
    The Phils crushed, Ryan Howard was at the starting gate of what appeared to be quite banner year for him.. Coming into the 24th game of the year, he had 21 rbi and was hitting nearly .300. His first homerun (I believe this might have been his only multi-homerun game of the year) was a cannon shot into the second deck, way over our heads – a grand slam that brought CBP into a frenzy. It didn’t matter that the Mets suck, as they have for the past few years, it was the Mets that Ryan was pulverizing. The next at bat even more majestic as his fly ball appeared to mix with the stars as some of us lost sight until it started to scream earthbound. Though the flyball did not appear to be hit hard enough to reach the stands, by the time it landed it was at least 20 rows into right field, an incredible homerun, the likes of which I have never seen during a game.
    The game wasn’t close it was a huge blowout but it was our legend who did it.
    What expectations were set that day!

  • Posts: 32 kittykat

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    Game 3 NLDS. Hamels battled magnificently and never allowed a Cardinal to cross the plate. It was a classic stalemate between great pitching and great hitting. Francisco’s pinch HR after the Cardinals walked Ruiz along with Victorino’s single made Hamels’ work hold up and the team held on to win. Hamels gets no credit for this game because he didn’t pitch into the 7th inning but the way the game was going, you knew if anyone got on base, he would be pinch hit for. I understand that even with the high pitch count, Charlie would have sent him out to pitch the 7th had they not scored in the bottom of the 6th.

    • Posts: 32 kittykat

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      * had they not scored in the top of the 7th not bottom of the 6th. Game was in St. Louis. Doh!

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