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The 2008 Phandom 25: Pat Burrell!

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.


8. Brian Wilson, dead
Date: May 2, 2008

Patrick Brian Burrell. How we loved thee.

The longtime Phillies slugger finished his Philadelphia career with a titanic double off the railing, setting off the rally that would ultimately win the Phillies their second world championship. But much earlier in the season, on May 2, he’d deliver a monstrous home run that ultimately, proved to be the greatest longball of his career.

The Phillies were down 5-4 in the 10th inning of a Friday night special against the Giants. San Francisco closer Brian Wilson entered the game and shut down Jayson Werth to prove his point. A flame ball-throwing right-hander, Wilson had staked out to the National League saves lead. He was imposing, he was brutish. Somehow, Chase Utley singled off him. That brought Ryan Howard to the plate, but the big man got flagged by looking at a questionable strike. He argued the call, he was gone. The Giants were up one. There were two outs. It seemed finished.

It was a shame, too, since the Phils played so well early. They hit Giants starter Pat Misch in the second inning, when Utley laced another of his early season home runs for a 2-0 lead. Pedro Feliz added to the effort with a two-run shot of his own in the fourth, against his former team, no less. But revenge would be sweet.

Kyle Kendrick did his part but folded in the seventh. Taxed a little too much, the young right-hander let two on. Ryan Madson tried to relieve and succeed, but failed miserably. Three singles and a groundout later, and the Giants had tied the game at 4-4. Kendrick was no longer of record. The Phillies no longer had a lead.

And they couldn’t get it back. The teams traded zeros until the tenth, when JC Romero put his scoreless streak (dating back to 2007) on the line. The leadoff hitter: former Phillie Aaron Rowand. The pitch: gone. The Giants led 5-4, and the crowd booed as Rowand rounded the bases he had rounded a dozen or so times before. While Romero got in more hot water, he somehow escaped, leaving the score 5-4 as the teams moved to the bottom of the 10th.

And with a runner on, with hopes all but dashed, with two outs, with a game on the line, Pat Burrell stepped to the plate, worked it to a full count, then …

Fastball. And we loved thee.

The video: Pat Burrell!



  1. Manny

    January 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I went to some pretty good games this season….

  2. Jason B.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Ahhh, What a classic call from “The K.” I can picture wheels pumping his fists in the background.

  3. Amanda

    January 16, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I was there!!!!!!!!! And on TV that game.

  4. mw

    January 17, 2009 at 9:55 am

    This was without question the greatest Phillies moment I ever witnessed (until October). Look how locked in Pat is as he marches back to the dugout… almost forgot how ridiculously he played for the first half of this season.

  5. Greg V.

    January 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    This was without a doubt, Pat the Bat’s best dinger.

  6. Joe O'Phillie

    January 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Great moment. I remember walking out of the stadium and strangers were high fiving each other, my 10 year old son was hooked for the rest of the season.

  7. Fran

    January 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm


  8. timma258

    January 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Pat the bat gone phrom the Phillies. And can you belive he signed to the Rays?

  9. Jim

    January 17, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I was at this game. It was teacher appreciation night. I remember thinking it was long over after rowand smashed a shot in the inning before. THis was probably the greatest moment in my baseball life

  10. clktwr14

    January 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    NAd now Pat will be doing that for Tampa, for shame on you Rueben Amaro Jr, the Phils owners forgot how pitiful the last promotion from within was

  11. CJ

    January 17, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    It’s probably been said already, but what a great list.

    We’re going to be seeing highlights of 2008 Phils-Rays, Dodgers, Brewers for years. But these moments can go down the memory hole. To collect them, with video, is a real treat.

    Great work, Tim.

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