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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2008-10-30


Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2008-10-30
For years, the red flag with that magical season -- 1980 -- printed in white has flown by its lonesome above right-center field at Citizens Bank Park. It's the symbol of the singular moment of greatness in the often-ridiculed 126-year history of the Phillies.

And now, at last, it has company.

1980, meet 2008.

It took 28 years -- and, then, 46 long hours for suspended-by-rain Game 5 to resume -- but the Phillies finally won another World Series, vanquishing the upstart Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 and kicking off a celebration across the Delaware Valley.

The Phillies are world champions.

At 9:58 p.m. on a cold Wednesday in late October, with flashbulbs popping before each pitch, the moment that appears like a comet -- once every three decades or so -- actually occurred. Indomitable closer Brad Lidge struck out Eric Hinske, dropped to his knees and was swarmed on the mound by his teammates, linebacker-sized slugger Ryan Howard tackling him the ground.

"You can't feel yourself," said Lidge, hugging his pregnant wife. "Your legs are heavy. You're doing everything you can to control your emotions. I don't even know what to think."

Pedro Feliz, the slick-fielding third baseman with seemingly unrealized offensive potential, delivered the championship-clinching hit in the seventh inning against side-winding reliever Chad Bradford by driving a single through Tampa Bay's drawn-in infield. Pinch runner Eric Bruntlett, who entered after Pat Burrell's leadoff double, dashed home from third base.

"I think it's the best moment for me in baseball," Feliz said. "How could it be any better than this?"

"I'm kind of numb right now," pitcher Brett Myers said. "I feel like we've made history in this city. It's hard to explain. It feels so good to be a part of this. This is bigger than what anybody expected."

PHILLIES 4, RAYS 3: Pedro Feliz's RBI single in the seventh inning broke a tie, and J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge tossed a scoreless final two innings to give the Phillies the World Series championship, four games to one. LHP Cole Hamels was named MVP of the World Series. Hamels started Game 5, which was suspended Monday night because of rain and resumed Wednesday night after a 46-hour delay. Pat Burrell picked up a leadoff double in the seventh inning, snapping an 0-for-13 drought in the Series. Eric Bruntlett, who pinch-ran for Burrell, scored the winning run.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 30, 2008

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