The Philadelphia Phillies' Most Memorable Moments from 2012
2012 was a season most fans will hope to forget, but through the 162 games of mediocrity and disappointment there were a few silver lining moments that should not be forgotten.
Several Phillies players had themselves enshrined into the major league record books in 2012 while others just began their journeys as major league players.
All in all, there were a handful of memorable moments for the 2012 Phillies that should not go overlooked and some of these moments can give hope to the future of this organization.
Here are five of the most memorable moments from the Phillies' 2012 season.
Jim Thome Hits Walk-off Home Run Against Tampa Bay Rays
Thome's home run off of Jake McGee was his 609th of his career, tying Sammy Sosa for 7th place in career home runs.
This win for the Phillies also gave Charlie Manuel his 900th win of his career.
The most significant part about Thome's walk-off home run is that it gave him 13 game-winning home runs for his career, which is the most in the history of major league baseball.
He passed Mickey Mantle, Jamie Foxx, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial and Frank Robinson who all had 12 game-winning home runs.
Pretty good company if I say so myself.
Thome was eventually traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, but his presence in the Phillies' locker room and in the game of baseball will never be forgotten.
Jimmy Rollins' 2000th Hit
On Tuesday, September 4, 2012, Jimmy Rollins became on of just three other Phillies to achieve 2,000 hits for their careers.
Mike Schmidt (2,234), Richie Ashburn (2,217) and Ed Delahanty (2,207) are the only other Phillies who have more hits than Rollins.
All are enshrined in Baseball's Hall of Fame.
Could Rollins get to 3,000? Only time will tell, but before Rollins hangs up his cleats as a Phillie, he will have the most career hits in the history of the organization.
Rollins doubled in the fifth inning off of Mat Latos to earn hit number 2,000, but the Phillies eventually lost the game to the Cincinnati Reds 2-1.
The season was an up and down one for Rollins, he finished the year batting .250 with 23 home runs and 68 RBI. His OBP was .316 and his SLG .427.
The significance of his 2000th hit will be something fans will acknowledge for years to come and hopefully just a stepping stone for Rollins' legacy in Philadelphia.
Darin Ruf Hits His First Major League Home Run
One of the most exciting moments in the 2012 Phillies' season was when minor league home runs champion Darin Ruf bashed his first major league home run.
It was September 25, 2012 when Darin Ruf blasted one over the wall against Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler in the second inning.
The best part of the home run was when Ruf returned to the dugout from circling the bases to find his teammates casually sitting in the dugout in silence.
The silence would go on for what must of felt like an eternity for Ruf, but eventually his teammates broke their soundlessness and celebrated in Ruf's great achievement.
His home run would also help Cole Hamels earn his career-high 16th win of the season and the Phillies defeated the Nationals 6-3
Ruf would go on to hit three home runs, drive in 10 while batting .333 in 33 major league at-bats in 2012 and with his success it gives Phillies' fan some hope for a brighter future in the outfield.
With the way Ruf played in the minor leagues and his brief stint in the majors in 2012, he has earned himself a chance to compete for a starting outfield job with the Phillies in 2013.
Since Ruben Amaro Jr. has yet to acquire another corner outfield piece, Ruf's chances are getting better and better.
Hitting your first home run as a major league player's is as memorable a moment as any in a players career and hopefully he can give Phillies' fans even more great memories as solidifies himself as a major league player.
Roy Halladay Records 2,000th Strikeout
Roy Halladay is coming off one of the toughest seasons of his entire career. It was a year complicated with injuries for Halladay, when he arrived in spring training his fastball velocity was down and people began to question his health.
He eventually landed on the disabled list where he missed seven weeks with a strained right late muscle and never really got his feet under him in 2012.
Like Halladay has done his entire career he persevered the best he could.
On July 29th against the Atlanta Braves, Halladay recorded his 2,000 strikeout of his career when he struck-out David Ross in the first inning of the game. The Phillies would go on to lose 6-2, completing a sweep for the Braves.
When Halladay reached this milestone of 2,00 strikeouts, he became tied for 67th all-time in the category. He currently has 2,066 strikeouts for his career, which ranks him 62nd in the history of the game.
Next on his list to pass is Fernando Valenzuela who has 2,074 strikeouts.
Hopefully Halladay will bounce back in 2013, but his accomplishment of reaching 2,000 strikeouts should not be overlooked.
Halladay will continue to rise on the career strikeout list and when he's all done, he may be on his way to Cooperstown.
Cole Hamels Resigns for 6-Year $144 Million
The most significant and memorable moment of the 2012 season was when Cole Hamels inked a six-year contract extension worth $140 million.
It was announced on July 25th that Hamels would re-sign. The deal is the second-largest contract given to a pitcher in the history of the game.
This deal also locked up one of the most, if not the most, dominant left-handed pitcher in all of major league baseball. Solidifying to a rotation that already features Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.
Hamels just turned 29 on December 27th and will be in a Phillies' uniform until 2018. He already has one World Series ring from 2008 alongside of his NLCS and World Series MVP trophies.
In 2012, Hamels was selected to the All-Star Game. He finished the season 5th in wins (17), 6th in innings pitched (215.1), 3rd in strikeouts (216), 8th in ERA (3.05), 7th in WHIP (1.12) and 4th in complete games (2).
As a fine wine, Hamels gets better with age and has established himself as one of the most feared pitchers in all the game.
With Hamels locked up for the future, the Phillies will always have an ace who can go out and win a ball game every time he takes the mound.
Look for Hamels to get the ball on opening day when the Phillies open their season against the division rival Atlanta Braves.