30 October, 2008
WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS 2008
The Phillies did it, last night in an historical game and in a true nail biter fashion, but in the end they prevailed over the Tampa Bay Ray 4-3 winning their second World Series in the teams 126 year history, and the first time 28 years. It also a Philadelphia championship drought of over 25 years, after coming close many times, the supposed curse of Billy Penn has been broken.
I am very lucky that I was able to remember the last world series win, I was 12 at the time, the same age as my oldest, and in turn we let both of our kids stay up and watch the continuation of the suspended game from Monday night, that started off with the Phillies batting in the bottom of the sixth.
Pinch hitter Geoff Jenkins got the party started with his lead off double, coming around to score, after being moved over to third on a Jimmy Rollins bunt then coming into to score on a bloop single by Jayson Werth, though the slim 3-2 lead was only short live when Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli quickly tied the game with a solo shot to left in the top of seventh.
Not to be outdone, outfielder Pat Burrell hit a long double, his only hit of the world series, was replaced by pinch runner Eric Bruntlett, who came around to score on a Pedro Feliz single.
Then the Phillies Bullpen took over and shut the Rays down, with Brad Lidge getting his seventh save of the post season, and remaining perfect in save opportunities for the season.
It's a great time to be a Philadelphia sports fan. This is a great thing for the city and its loyal fans who have seen so many teams come so close only to walk away.
I am also happy that I could share the moment with my own family. It's a memory that will never be forgotten. I know I won't
picture courtesy of mlb.com