Philadelphia Phillies: Top-10 moments from 2008 World Championship run

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Go ahead run in game five of World Series

Following Utley’s play in the top of the seventh, the Phillies were looking to put away the Rays in the bottom half of the inning. To lead off the inning, Pat Burrell came to the plate against Howell. Burrell hit a hanging 1-1 curveball a long way; it even looked like it would carry out. But, the ball hit off the wall in the deepest part of the ballpark, giving Burrell a leadoff double.

Bruntlett would pinch run for Burrell, and it would turn out that was the final at-bat of “Pat the bat’s” Phillies career. The Rays would bring in Chad Bradford who retired Victorino, but he was able to move Bruntlett to third.

Then came Pedro Feliz to the plate, and he would deliver.

With the infield drawn in and one out, Feliz went up to the plate against Bradford. Feliz fell behind in the count 0-1, and then the sidearm pitcher submarined a 77 mile per hour pitch over the plate that Feliz shot right back up the middle.

The hit scored Bruntlett, putting the Phillies up for good 4-3. The Phillies would then retire the Rays in the eighth, and then after not scoring in the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies brought in Lidge, who was perfect on the season, 47/47.

Lidge got Longoria to pop up to Utley, then surrendered a single to Navarro, who was pinch ran for by Fernando Perez. After allowing Perez to steal second, Lidge forced a Ben Zobrist line out to right field. Then with two outs, Eric Hinske strolled to the plate.

On the verge of a World Championship and perfection, Lidge got ahead of Hinske 0-2. Then Lidge reached back and threw his signature slider, making a moment Phillies fans will never forget.

Lidge made history, 48/48 in save opportunities, and for the first time in 28 years, the Phillies had a World Series championship. It was a run those in this city will never forget, and it is so hard to believe it has already been ten years.

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Hopefully, you enjoyed this trip down memory lane as we celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Phillies World Championship. Hopefully, it is not too long until the next, but until then we will always have the 2008 Phillies team. World Champions forever!