Huge a.m. win
Ron Reed came to the Phillies as a starting pitcher and was converted into a durable reliever (458 games) from 1976-83. He also pitched for the Braves, Cardinals and White Sox. His postseason experience with the Phillies includes one Division Series, five NLCS and two World Series, 1980 and 1983. The 66-year-old Notre Dame grad also played in the NBA for two seasons.
What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“Watching the Yankees in the World Series. It seemed like they were always in the World Series. I was a big Mickey Mantle fan.”
As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“Has to be the level of intensity. My first playoffs were with the Braves against the 69 ‘Miracle Mets.’ I remember all of the excitement and the feeling in the clubhouse of ’Hey, we are really in the playoffs with a chance to go to the World Series.’ And that carried over into all of the playoffs when I was with the Phillies. Unbelievably intense atmosphere.”
What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Getting the ‘SAVE’ in Game 2 of the 1980 WORLD SERIES is my fondest personal memory from all of the postseasons I participated in. And of course being part of that great Phillies team is a great memory. After getting to the playoffs in 1976, 1977, and 1978, and losing all three playoff series, 1980 was special and a memory I’ll always cherish.”
Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“At home watching fellow Golden Domer Brad Lidge get the final out. The Phillies have won only two World Series in their history and both times a former Notre Dame pitcher was in the bullpen!”
Phillies are 1-3 on October 12. The lone win was a big one, clinching the NL pennant in Houston 29 years ago.
Game 3 Recap
“The absurdity of a wildly entertaining game was that it didn’t end until 2:14 a.m. Eastern time in temperatures in the mid-20s, which begs the question that if no one was awake to see it, did it really happen?”, wrote Martin Frank in the Wilmington News-Journal.
For those Phillies faithful that were able to stay awake, it indeed was an entertaining game and a huge win; Credit goes to both teams for playing a mistake-free game in bitter cold conditions. Tip of the cap also goes to the Colorado fans who sat through the marathon game. Hope no one got frostbite.
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