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Top Moment #2: Jim Thome’s Walk-off

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, December 27, 2012 12:20 PM | Comments: 4
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The Tampa Bay Rays were in town on June 23 for an interleague series with the Phillies.  The ending to the game would go down as the arguably the most memorable finish to a Phillies game in 2012.

The Phillies had a comfortable 6-4 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning.  With Jonathan Papelbon on the mound, there was plenty of confidence that the Phillies would get the victory easily.

Let’s just say, it didn’t go as planned.

Papelbon blew his first save of the season, surrendering two runs to the Rays.  With the game now tied, Papelbon had to rely on his teammates for redemption.  In the dugout, Papelbon stated, “Whoever walks this guy off, I’ll give ‘em five grand.”

Not much later, Papelbon wrote out a check to Jim Thome.  Thome ended the game in dramatic fashion, crushing an opposite-field home run to win the game.

Thome’s walk-off was his 13th in his career, the most in Major League Baseball’s modern era.  Not only that, it gave Charlie Manuel his 900th career win.  How appropriate that it would be Thome who helped Manuel reach such a milestone.

The Phillies beat the Rays 7-6 on June 23, 2012 as Thome’s blast will remembered for years to come.  Thome would be traded just days later, but his walk-off homer ranks pretty high on Phillies Nation’s Top Moments of 2012 list.

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  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Great moment! Does anyone know if Psychotron (Papelbon) ever paid Thome the money he offered him? If not, I need to introduce him to Niagra, the falls that is!

     
  • Posts: 0 DCmikey

    my lady was asleep in the car ride home from Fenwick Island and she heard a plethora of bad words (pap blew it) and then me screaming (Thome).

    I was actually driving through Philly as Thome hit it and was just praying that I would beat the traffic on 95

     
  • Posts: 0 Soss

    What makes these “Top Moment” articles so much better is the link to the video that lets you rewatch the clip. There’s nothing like hearing/watching a baseball broadcast when it’s 32 degrees and sleeting/snowing outside.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    This is really wasteful to write, but what the hey.

    I’ve paid scant attention to this list, but finally reviewed it, and I guess the top moment will slap me in the face when it’s revealed, but I must have a short term memory problem because it’s either gonna just have escaped my memory, or be overrrated.

    I guess we’ll find out. I just thought of one that it might be, but that one kinda blends in with a couple other things from the list.

     
 
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