Phillips, whose resting heart rate was 140 beats per minute after the game, couldn't watch the highlights because he needed a towel over his eyes, per Nightengale. Abraham added that he was "dehydrated from all the excitement" and stayed up until 4 a.m. to answer the 500 text messages he received from "well-wishers," including Adam Wainwright, Ryan Braun and Whit Merrifield.
"We were celebrating after the game, and we were at the part where we were going to give him a shoutout, and someone said he's not here," teammate Joey Wendle said, per ESPN's Jesse Rogers. "He went to the trainer's room. That's a first time for me."
Acquired in August from the Kansas City Royals, Phillips' heroic at-bat on Saturday night was his first hit since Sept. 25.
"For myself, it was having this unrelenting belief that I was going to come in and help the team or do a job like I'm asked," Phillips said. "It's why I'm here. We're major league baseball players. We wouldn't be here if we couldn't do that."
Nightengale reported that Phillips' wife, Brianna, left the game in the seventh inning with her parents and grandfather and missed seeing her husband's clutch moment.
"I told them I'm glad that they left," Phillips said (h/t ESPN). "I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and who knows if they would have stayed if that would have happened."
Game 5 of the World Series will be played Sunday at 8:08 p.m. ET.