Phillies Walk Away With Rings And The Win

I suppose I had better run out and buy a lottery ticket.  Yesterday, I predicted that Phillies would need to score exactly 12 runs to win today’s game; the final score?  Phillies 12, Braves 11.  Yes, all bow to the great, powerful and all-knowing Jenn; she is a genius.  ;O)  Now, in order for my prediction to be totally accurate, the score had to be 12-11 thus, necessitating 12 total runs for the Phillies.  But by the 9th inning, the score was 12-10 and Brad Lidge was in to close the game; after 1 out was recorded,  I told the guy next to me that Lidge was about to give up a home run to make the final score 12-11 and BAM!  Matt Diaz sent Lidge’s offering over the left field wall.  Lidge got Garrett Anderson out swinging and voila!  Clearly, I am psychic. ;O) 

And yet, this off-the-wall foretelling was not the strangest thing to happen today.  The Phillies were losing the game 10-3 by the seventh inning stretch.  Shane Victorino started the bottom of the 7th by grounding out and it looked like that might me the nail in the coffin for the Phils.  Apparently not.  A series of small miracles occurred for the Phillies starting with a Chase Utley bloop single that fell into no-man’s land and then Ryan Howard was hit by a pitch.  After that, the weirdest string of event I have even personally witnessed in a game, turned a 10-3 deficit into an 11-10 lead.  The Braves bullpen helped out with 5 walks plus the Howard hit-by-pitch; 4 runs scored off those walks.  The other 4 runs were the result of 3 singles and a fielder’s choice.  The Phillies advanced slowly along the base path in 90 foot increments until all 8 runs were in and the inning ended on a Jayson Werth fly ball.  Several words come to mind here:  Unbelievable; incredible; mind-boggling; implausible.  Call it what you will, but in the end, it is the greatest come from behind victory I have ever had the pleasure to witness.

Here are a few game shots; Raul Ibanez scores as Chris Coste tells him not to slide; Rollins tries to knock Feliz in; Utley makes a running grab:040809.jpg

Perhaps the donning of the World Series rings prior to the game had a bit to do with the unorthodox come-back win?  The biggest ring I have ever seen holds 3.84 karats of diamonds; 103 in total, to represent the Phillies 2008 win total.  The base is 14-kt white gold crowned with a Ruby inlay, topped with the Phillies “P” logo.  Take a look:

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Each player was called up one by one to receive their ring, including ex-Phillies Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins and yes, even Adam Eaton.  Burrell received a huge ovation and Pat Gillick, formerly known here as Grumpy Gillick, broke down and cried as he hugged Burrell.  Jenkins received a warm welcome also but Eaton was booed mercilessly with chants of “Give us our money back!” heard around the stadium.  Taking it in stride and obviously expecting the greeting, Eaton smiled and waved both arms around in the air in a sarcastic and unaffected manner.  Below, you will see Eaton waving to the crowd; Burrell & Gillick hugging; Chase Utley getting his ring:

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In the next few days, I will put together a photo album with all the Ring Ceremony pictures and a few shots from the game and post it.  I have pictures of ALL the players getting their rings!  Right now, I need to get some sleep :O)  But stay tuned!  More to come…

And now for the Photo(s) of the Day; Shane Victorino was goofing around during his pre-inning catch with Ibanez and nearly whacked himself with the ball in, um, well…I think the picture tells the story:

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Off day tommorow; Phillies take on the Rockies Friday at 4:10pm EST.


(Photos by Jenn, except ring close-ups – Philly.com)

 

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9 Comments

Great call & pics Jenn!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Wow, you ARE psychic! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the pics. Gotta wonder why Eaton even bothered going, knowing the reception he was liable to get.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Hmm, you really must be psychic, Jenn. How much do you charge for readings???

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

That was a great game (watched it at work, whoops!) but I was a little disturbed by Burrell and Gillick. If they were so close, why’d he get canned? I don’t know. I like that So Taguchi didn’t go out of respect for his AAA teammates. Just my personal opinion.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Those rings are so great and so well-deserved! I still can’t over the 103 diamonds! I want one! hehe :)
Michelle
http://goodgamesandgoodplayers.mlblogs.com

oops! typo on my link! I’m a bit out of it today LOL
http://goodgamesandcuteplayers.mlblogs.com

Love the rings.
I was talking to a friend who said Burrell put it on in the Rays clubhouse last night and it almost blinded Evan Longoria with the bling.
Awesome that they had a great ceremony for it. Will the fans get replica rings as a giveaway this year?
I know i am looking forward to mine in Tuesday.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Julia – Thanks!
Sue – he actaully said he came because Montgomery called and asked him to; knowing full well he would be given a hard time-sad.
Jane – well, since I am likely to be wrong from now on, I’d say free of charge :O)
Jeff – Not sure what happened w/Burrell…I think it was just the new GM making his mark.
Michelle – me too!
Renegade – yup-they are doing a keychain replica and giving it out at the game on 4/21 :O) I am going!!

Rough game so far against the Rockies…

http://thewrightway.mlblogs.com/

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