Last year I wrote a series of posts chronicling 2007’s 20 greatest moments in Phillies Phandom. Each game had a special “wow” factor, whether it was an insane comeback, an awesome feat or a trademark moment. And each game was a Phillies win, of course.
For this year, clearly, you know the top moment. But ranking the rest was very difficult. Do I rank the NLCS second just because? Is the NL East clinching victory as important as other postseason moments? I used some heavy discretion, but I believe I came up with a pretty solid list.
Each moment has an attached video link, if you’d like to go back and reminisce.
Like the 100 Greatest Phillies countdown, I’ll be posting one per day. I swear, you won’t get any more countdowns this offseason.
25. Welcome to the show, Lou Marson!
Date: September 28, 2008
We at Phillies Nation suggest Lou Marson is the Phillies catcher of the future. In fact, we’re already getting in line for Marson’s 2030 Hall of Fame induction. And when that occurs, we can always look back to Marson’s fourth major-league at bat. Already 1-for-3 with a single, Marson faced down Nationals pitcher Marco Estrada, and tattooed him with a big fly into the left field seats. Returning to the dugout, Marson high-fived the air as a response to the first home run silent treatment. Before long, Geoff Jenkins, Jimmy Rollins and friends were congratulating the youngster. With the Phillies clinching a postseason berth the day before, this game was more of a relaxing, tension-free event. Marson’s homer capped the feel-good atmosphere, and the Phils finished off the Nationals for a 92-70 regular season, their best since 1993.
And yes, that day was even better because of the accompanying Mets choke-job.
From the comments:
CT: NICE FIRST HOMER FOR MARSON!
Chase Mutley: Home Run Wes Helms!!! Makes up for all the times you didn’t come through in the clutch for the Phillies.