Batting 10th: noisy, towel-waiving fans.
What a night. Rain delay, home runs, stolen bases, mental and physical errors, a missed call by an umpire (proving again they are human), great pitching and a swinging bunt that trickles down the third base line for a 45-foot, game-winning hit. The game had everything.
Everyone will remember the swinging bunt by Ruiz but years from now it will just be registered as his second hit of the game when you look at the box score.
By winning, we got a couple of monkeys off our back. We were 0-5 in Game 3 of World Series going into last night. In World Series history, there are four teams that won the first game and when lost the next four. We are two of the four (1915 and 1983). Didn’t want to live through that one. Media would have carried that for the next thousand years.
Check out Shane Victorino’s thoughts.
Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts offers his views on Game 3:
“If I told you I was at the ballpark until 2:30 in the morning, you may have worried about me. You have to realize it was a World Series game and the home team won. So, there’s no problem.
“Jamie pitched a strong game. He didn’t get the win but he had things under control for most of the game. The Phillies home run bats came alive with three reaching the seats.
“In the ninth, the Rays employed a strange strategy with five infielders and two outfielders but Ruiz dribbled the ball down the third base line and that was the game. Longoria almost made a miracle play on the ball.
“B.J. showed when he considered one of the best young talents in the game. A couple of hits, three stolen bases and a great catch. He’s a special talent.
“We’re up 2-1 and still at home for two more games.
“Maybe tonight’s game will finish before midnight. Who cares if the home team wins.”
Charley Kerfeld, Special Assistant to GM Pat Gillick, provides a scouting report on Sonnanstine:
“Andy is not a power guy but a guy with a great feel for pitching. Uses a five-pitch mix: sinking fast ball (87-91); slower curve (72-74), a cutter (86-89), change (79-80) and slider (76-80). Cutter is his out pitch. Doesn’t throw the change much. He can throw all five pitches at any time.”
Sonnastine is 2-0 for 2 postseason starts, both on the road. Beat Boston in Game 4 (ALCS) and won clincher (Game 4) against Chicago in the NLDS. 4-for-10 as a hitter over last 2 seasons. Facing Phillies for the first time. Only Phillie to have faced him is Matt Stairs (4-for-12, .333).
Here and there
Tim McGraw, who delivered the ball for Steve Carlton to toss as the ceremonial first pitch, sprinkled some of Tug McGraw’s ashes on the mound. Tug now as the distinction of having ashes on mounds at the Vet and Citizens Bank Park. Prior to that, Lefty threw some BP to Tim in the Phillies indoor cages. Hitting coach Milt Thompson joined the group: “Tim, can you get a runner in from third with less that two outs?” . . . Albert Pujols is the 2008 Roberto Clemente Award winner. He received his award in the Media Interview Room and then went to the batting cage to chat with Ryan Howard about hitting . . . Phillies Alumni here tonight: Greg Gross, Jerry Martin, Gene Schall, Tommy Greene, Dallas Green and Jim Thome.