Last nights heart pounding walkoff win in Game 4 of the NLCS will forever stand as one of the greatest efforts in Philadelphia sports history. With determination, strength and just an uncanny amount of gumption this Phillies team has captured the heart of a city and looks poised to defend their National league crown in the fall classic.
Euphoric may be the closest approximation to what I and many of us phaithful phans felt when Rollins turned around that 99mph heater, but it’s more than that. It’s so hard as someone who has watched countless teams in this city fail and fall short in big situations, to keep the faith in crunch time (Im looking at you Andy and Donovan), but this Phillies run over the last 13-14 months has changed all that. Late inning heroics are now to be expected, dynamic pitching performances are the norm, rbi’s in 8 straight playoff games is just another day at the office and having your 8 hole hitter bat .500 in a championship series is now par for the course.
ESPN’s Peter Gammons, this morning described the Phillies as “this generations Broad Street Bullies” he couldnt be more right. They are the epitome of a fighter and they embody everything that we as Philadelphians hope to strive for. This team just has marbles.