Was there any doubt here? The Phils had the talent to dominate the regular season. But when it comes to sports, nothing ever comes easy in Philadelphia. Ever.
That’s why it wasn’t surprising that this great bunch of Phillies needed another one of their patented, furious, late-season comebacks to finish with 92 wins and overtake the hated Mets (once again) to win the NL East.
In 2008, closer Brad Lidge finished a combined (regular season and playoffs) 48-for-48 in save chances.
Cole Hamels won both the NLCS and World Series MVP.
And overall, the Phillies won 24 of their final 30 games after September 11. The Phils also won 25 of their final 31 games at Citizens Bank Park after August 9. The Phillies dominated the playoffs from start to finish, going 7-0 at home and 11-3 overall.
But Philly fans had waited 25 years for a major professional sports championship. So in the Fall Classic, it was no surprise that torrential rain suspended the conclusion of Game Five until two nights later. Again, nothing ever comes easy in Philadelphia.
The ’08 Phils were inconsistent during the summer, but under the pressure of September and October, the team’s championship-starved fanbase got to see just how great these Phillies could really be.
The Phillies ’08 championship has made Philadelphia a baseball town for years to come, and this group of players has cemented an emotional bond with the city and its fans.
That’s the power that comes with winning a World Championship.