BY SHAY RODDY
What a season 2009 was for the Phillies. It was filled with unforgettable memories from Opening Day to Game 6 of the World Series. In part two of our four part series we recount the top 20 moments of 2009.
20. Mets lose seven run lead and fall to Phillies in 13
19. Werth steals the plate!
18. Howard and Ibanez grand slams lead Phillies
17. Werth hits 13th inning walkoff
16. Lee shuts ’em down in first Phillies start
15. Happ solidifies Rookie of the Year bid with gem (August 5)
J.A. Happ was starting to get noticed around the league for the incredible rookie season he was having when he took the mound against Colorado. He didn’t disappoint. Happ went the distance, pitching a shutout en route to the win. The Phils offense did their share to, putting up seven runs for the rookie pitcher.
14. Phillies have monumental scoring outburst (July 6)
Chase Utley, Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs went deep, Cole Hamels ripped a two-run double and Jimmy Rollins crossed the plate twice. Then came the second inning.
That’s right, the Phillies scored seven runs in the first inning alone. They followed that up with an additional 15 runs, destroying the Reds 22-1 in what would go down as one of the greatest scoring outbursts in the history of baseball.
13. Harry Kalas makes his final call (April 12)
In a season that will be forever remembered for the loss of Harry Kalas, the final “outta here” was called on a Matt Stairs pinch-hit bomb Easter Sunday. The signature call of the Hall of Fame broadcaster is something every single baseball fan knew and loved. As Harry signed off the air, we never could have guessed that that game would be his last. [Ed. Note- Don’t fret, we’re not putting Harry at 13, there is plenty more to come.]
12. Pedro out-duels Lincecum (September 3)
In a battle of certainly one, likely two future Hall of Famer pitchers, the older one, Pedro Martinez, the newest member of the Phillies, presented uncertainty as to what he could bring to the table at this point in his career. Well what do they say? Big pitchers pitch for big games? Pedro proved them right. In a pitcher’s duel for the ages, Pedro out-duels Tim Lincecum and leads his Phillies to a 2-1 victory, showing all the doubters he’s still got something left.
11. Ring Ceremony! (April 8)
It must be a year of thrills and chills if you count the highly anticipated and incredible Ring Ceremony at Citizens Bank Park out of the top ten moments. Because it was just that- incredible. After a year that will be forever remembered in the history of this city in 2008, the WFC got recognition for their unbelievable accomplishment with a pre-game, on-field ceremony which included tears, as Pat Burrell emerged in suit and tie from the dugout and met team president David Montgomery, Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel, cheers as Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge and the offensive heroes claimed their bling, and boos as Adam Eaton robbed the franchise of even more money, this time in the form of a ring.
But perhaps nothing was more memorable than when Harry Kalas came to the mound in his red jacket and tossed the ceremonial first pitch, on one hop, and then tossed the ball into the bleachers behind the Phillies dugout, before heading upstairs to call his final game at Citizens Bank Park.
Part three of our four part series will be released next week. Be sure to check back for that. High Hopes encourages you to share your love/hate/suggestions/disagreements/lists in the comments below.