Congratulations to the 2008 World Series Champions: The Philadelphia Phillies. Who woulda thunk it? Even though I was pulling for the Rays (Evan Longoria and I were both born on October 7, 1985- what better reason to root for a team?), I am happy for the Phillies. You can’t help but be happy when you see 6′ 4″ 260 pound Ryan Howard plow into Brad Lidge after the final out has been recorded. Speaking of Brad Lidge, a perfect season… 48 for 48 in save opportunies. Iiiiiiiiimpressive. Cole Hammels was the MVP and rightly so. A win in Game 1 and a darn good performance in Game 5. Could have got the win if not for a wall scraping home run in the bottom of the sixth.
It took three days to complete Game 5, which was suspended due to the rain -- but in the end, it was all worth it, because the Phillies defeated the Rays in five games to win the 2008 World Series.
The 2008 World Series game 5 was the first to be suspended. Play was halted in a cold rain on the 27th after the top of the 6th and restarted on the 29th at the start of the bottom of the 6th.
The 2008 World Series matched two teams of very different vintage but with a shared lack of championships. The had been around for 125 years winning only one championship, in , while gathering some publicity in when they became the first professional franchise ever to have amassed 10,000 . Their opponents, the , had the distinction of never even having threatened to play for .500 during the first 10 years of their existence - as the - until dramatically turning things around in . The Phillies disposed of the Rays in five games thanks to a knack for putting tons of runners of base (even if driving them in from that point was sometimes more of a problem) and to a dominating in a series that featured the first postseason in major league history.
|2008 World Series|
90 - 72 in the NL
|4 - 1
|Tampa Bay Rays|
97 - 65 in the AL