Top Phillies Moments of the 2000’s

I’ve racked my brain, trying to find the most memorable Phillies moments of the past decade. Unsurprisingly, most of them come from the post-season era of the past three years. Overall, I’ve come up with 57 memories, and I won’t even bother trying to put them in any kind of a list — that will be up to you. In the comments below, make a list of your own, however long or short you’d like. Inevitably, there will be some events I have forgotten — please make us all aware of any other Phillies memories you have from the 2000’s.

Without further ado…

2009 World Series (2)

  • Cliff Lee nonchalant catch (Video)
  • Lee pitches complete game shut-out in Game 1 (Video)

2008 World Series (6)

  • Joe Blanton solo home run in Game 4 (Video)
  • Chase Utley heads-up throw to home to nail Jason Bartlett at home during Game 5 of the World Series (Video)
  • Pat Burrell’s last hurrah as a Phillie, a lead-off double (Video)
  • Pedro Feliz drives in pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett with the game-winning single (Video)
  • Brad Lidge slider that struck out Eric Hinske to clinch 2008 World Series (Video)
  • Utley “WFC’s!” exclamation during World Series celebratory speech at Citizens Bank Park (Video)

2009 NLCS (2)

  • Pedro Martinez dominates Dodgers in Game 2 (Video)
  • Jimmy Rollins walk-off against Broxton during Game 4 (Video)

2008 NLCS (3)

  • Brett Myers Ruthian at-bats against Chad Billingsley (Video)
  • Matt Stairs two-run, go-ahead home run against Jonathan Broxton during Game 5 (Video)
  • Shane Victorino game-tying two-run home run against Cory Wade (Video)

2009 NLDS (1)

  • Ryan Howard hits clutch game-tying two-run double in ninth inning of Game 4 (Video)

2008 NLDS (3)

  • Cole Hamels tosses eight shut-out innings in Game 1 (Video)
  • Brett Myers professional at-bats against C.C. Sabathia in Game 2 (Video)
  • Shane Victorino grand slam off of Sabathia (Video)

Regular Season

2003 (4)

  • Chase Utley hits grand slam in MLB debut (Link)
  • Kevin Millwood tosses no-hitter (Link)
  • Mike Lieberthal makes open-field tackle on Adam Dunn to protect Carlos Silva during sixth inning of rout (Link)
  • Veterans Stadium closes (Link)

2004 (6)

  • Veterans Stadium is imploded (Video)
  • Citizens Bank Park opens (Link)
  • Jason Michaels bobbles fly ball in Atlanta, becomes home run (Link)
  • Doug Glanville misplays fly ball, ruins Eric Milton’s no-hit bid (Link)
  • Randy Wolf hits two home run game against the Colorado Rockies (Link)
  • Jim Thome reaches milestone with 400th career home run (Video)

2005 (5)

  • Brett Myers takes line drive to his head, stays in and nearly outduels Mark Prior in pitcher’s duel (Video)
  • Jose Offerman hit in head during pick-off attempt, helps Phillies rally (Link)
  • Bobby Abreu wins 2005 Home Run Derby in Detroit, demolishes records (Video)
  • Down 2-0, Phillies score 10 runs in the ninth inning against the Marlins (Video)
  • Phillies score 5 runs on two home runs (game winner by David Bell) in the ninth to beat the Reds 11-10 (Link)

2006 (6)

  • Sal Fasano buys Sal’s Pals pizza (Link)
  • Aaron Rowand goes face-first into fence to make the catch (Link)
  • Ryan Howard wins 2006 Home Run Derby in Pittsburgh (Video)
  • Howard hits 49th home run of season, passing Mike Schmidt (Video)
  • Utley enjoys 35-game hitting streak (Video – 34th game); Rollins 38-game hitting streak (Video)
  • Howard hits mammoth blasts off of Mike Mussina (Video) and Sergio Mitre (Video)

2007 (9)

  • Rod Barajas doesn’t block the plate (Link)
  • Shane Victorino hits walk-off on Shane Victorino figurine day (Video)
  • Phillies help Rockies grounds crew with the tarp (Video)
  • Russell Branyan hits game-winner (Video)
  • Jayson Werth hits safely in nine straight at-bats, breaking Pete Rose’s record (Video)
  • Interference call on Marlon Anderson seals Phils victory against Mets (Video)
  • Utley lines walk-off RBI single to right field in 11-10 victory, a marathon August game vs. Mets, capping a four-game series sweep (Video)
  • Jimmy Rollins hits 20th triple in sixth inning of Game 162 to join 20-20-20-20 club (Video)
  • Myers strikeout clinches the NL East in 2007 (Video)

2008 (4)

  • Werth hits three homers and drives in eight runs in one game vs. Blue Jays (Video)
  • Phillies score 20 runs vs. Rockies (Video) and Cardinals (Video)
  • Victorino makes final out on throw to the plate, preserves Lidge’s consecutive saves streak (Video)
  • Rollins turns nifty double play to clinch the NL East in 2008 (Video); also keeps Lidge’s consecutive saves streak intact

2009 (6)

  • Raul Ibanez hits grand slam to put Phillies ahead 13-11 against the Nationals (Video)
  • Sons of Harry Kalas throw out the first pitch in first home game after broadcaster’s passing (Video)
  • World Champs meet President Barack Obama (Video)
  • Werth steals four bases in one game, including home (Video)
  • Eric Bruntlett turns unassisted triple play to end game in New York (Video)
  • Victorino catches fly ball while fan douses him in alcohol (Video)

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14 comments

  1. Brendan

    December 31, 2009 08:25 AM

    Personally, I’d add Jason Michaels getting traded.

    The night that the trade became official, I was at a bar wearing a Phillies hat. A girl (who I found out was my friend’s fiancee’s friend) asked me if the Jason Michaels trade had been completed yet. Almost 4 years later, we’re married with a 6 month old kid. All thanks to Jason Michaels.

  2. Aaron H

    December 31, 2009 09:56 AM

    One mistake here: Utley’s walk-off RBI single against the Mets was actually in 07, not 06. Great list nonetheless!

  3. Argive

    December 31, 2009 01:55 PM

    Here’s one from 2008: Down 9-3 to the Braves, the Phils score 7 in the 5th and win the game 10-9. To cap off the comeback, Greg Dobbs blasts a 3-run pinch hit moonshot into the second deck.

  4. Bill Baer

    December 31, 2009 02:02 PM

    I’m sure that’s a fantastic memory for you Brendan.

    Aaron, thanks for pointing that out — it has been fixed.

    Thanks, Argive!

    – Box Score from that game (Link)

    – Phillies’ seven-run fifth inning (Video)

    – Dobbs’ three-run homer (Video)

  5. Aaron H

    December 31, 2009 04:13 PM

    Perhaps another one from ’09: Five-run comeback against the Pirates in the ninth inning on July 11. Stairs, Howard hit HRs, and Paul Bako of all people hits the walk-off single. What was really great about the timing was that VP Joe Biden was on hand to watch that game.

  6. Max

    December 31, 2009 10:20 PM

    Ha! I actually remember that one, Aaron! That was the night of the Heist at CBP. (www.walkoffwalk.com/2009/07/weekend-citizens-bank-heist-qu.html)
    A totally random personal story about that game – it was also the night of my grandfather’s birthday party in D.C., of which most of the guests either came from the Philly/South Jersey area for the party, or lived there for some period of time. Needless to say, I had plenty to rant with them about (until the 9th) and plenty to cheer with them about that half-inning.

  7. Kevin

    January 01, 2010 11:09 AM

    I know that Brett Meyers striking out the side in 2007 to clinch the NL East is on there, but that moment was so much bigger than Brett Myers or clinching the NL East.

    That has to be the top moment because it was the moment the Phillies became who they are today. It was the moment they took over. That entire day was so incredible – they came back from so far behind to get there. The day was beautiful. Harry Kalas was behind the mic and at his best – you could almost hear the tears in his eyes.

    To me, that entire day was the top moment of the decade. Sure, the World Series Championship in 2008 was incredible, but that day in 2007 will always be tops for me.

  8. Matt

    January 01, 2010 01:13 PM

    I totally agree with Aaron H’s suggestion and would throw two more in.
    1. 2008 Phillies-mets, late august, moyer v martinez the mets get out to a 7-0 lead and we come back tie the game and win in extra innings (i think the 14th). This was a like a 5 hour game bc Martinez was having a mound conference every pitch and a lot of runs were scored. It was a crazy comeback i think one of the big hits came off like chad durbin’s bat.
    2. For a beginning of the decade memory, in 2000 or 2001 we had a player named Brian L. Hunter and there was a game where he was on second less than two outs in the 9th, tie game and there was a long fly ball to center and he tagged up and scored from second on a sac fly. It was the most amazing thing i’d ever seen.

  9. scot

    January 02, 2010 06:43 PM

    I gotta add another Phils vs Mets item to the pile.

    June 7, 2007. At Shea. My first Phillies game of the year after moving back from Indiana to CT late that May. Phils have won the first two of the series and we have Hamels going against Maine. It’s looking good as the Phils jump out early, but somehow Maine settles down like he always seems to do against the Phils. Meanwhile Hamels gives up 3 solo shots and the Phils are down 3-2.

    Enter Wagner in the 9th. Enter Burrell to the batters box. Bomb to left field. Tie game. In the tenth Burrell hits a double putting the game out of reach. The Phils pull within 4 games with the sweep. A Mets fan near me says, “That’s the closest you’ll get all season.” I thought of him the rest of the year as we came back to win the division.

  10. jpdtrmpt72

    January 05, 2010 07:33 PM

    Chase Utley’s debut doesn’t make the list as the single best thing to happen to the phillies this decade? next tot he world series i mean. I know thaat his grand slam in his debut is in there, but i feel like chase utley stepping on to the field was the best regular season event this decade.

  11. Jacko

    January 18, 2010 05:18 PM

    Never discount the importance of that Colorado tarp game on July 8, 2007. That moment — in the face of being about to lose game 10,000 and all the media bullcrap that came with it — showed how the Phillies had matured into something entirely different. You could actually see it happening — they were doing great things and having fun with it. It showed that the Phillies weren’t just a good team — they were the *better* team. That attitude followed them all the way through September, and has consistently manifested itself ever since.

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