Two things happened in the immediate aftermath of Brad Lidge striking out Eric Hinske on that magical October night in 2008: 1) Philadelphia sports fans all across the Delaware Valley, country, and world called the most important fellow Philadelphia sports fan in their lives (seriously, we still used phones to actually talk to other human beings way back in 2008) and 2) A collection of the select few men in this world who work while wearing red pinstripe uniforms streamed out of the dugout and bullpen onto the field at Citizens Bank Park.
Men in uniforms with numbers on the back you’ll never forget — Ryan Howard’s #6, Jimmy Rollins’ #11, Chase Utley’s #26, and Cole Hamels’ #35 — celebrated on television screens across the nation. You may also remember #5 (Pat Burrell), #8 (Shane Victorino), #28 (Jayson Werth), and #50 (Jamie Moyer). If you’re particularly taken with uniform numerology, you might even remember #10 (Geoff Jenkins), #27 (Chris Coste), or #55 (Clay Condrey) celebrating on the field. You will not, however, recall seeing an elated Phillie with a giant #34 emblazoned across his back that night. Uniform #34 would soon come to mean a great deal in Philadelphia, but not until the following summer.