One-by-one the players walked on the field and received their World Series rings. Later in the seventh inning, they walked around the bases in an amazing comeback win today.
We drew 10 walks from the Braves, the most since we had 10 in a game on September 4, 2007, also at Citizens Bank Park and also against the Atlanta staff.
In a real oddity, the Phillies had eight consecutive batters record an RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ryan Howard’s RBI in the big seventh was the 500th of his career. His double in the second inning was the 100th of his career. The big guy has piled up some big numbers very quickly while in the big leagues.
For the first time, the rings were unveiled during the pre-game ring ceremony. Pat Gillick was the first one to receive his from David Montgomery. Gillick began to tear up and he remained very emotional throughout the parade of 36 others who got their rings.
Players who were on the roster all of last season or the postseason roster were invited. Exceptions were Mike Zagurski and Francisco Rosario who were on the DL all season.
Pat Burrell got the loudest ovation, which was cool. Adam Eaton was booed, which wasn’t cool. He deserved to be respected as a person this time. Booing is fine but it should have its place.
Thursday evening, the team leaves on the first road trip, a 6-gamer. They fly to Denver and take Amtrak home from DC a week later.
While in DC, they get to meet President Obama at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. That’s really cool.
Will be off a few days. Have a great Easter weekend.