In every great winning season, you had to know that there were more than just 10 great moments. The list is halfway complete and as it winds down, the top seems to be more and more obvious.
A couple of these moments were suggested by you guys on Twitter but they just couldn’t crack my Top 10. So here are five of the honorable mentions:
Werth’s spring training beard: Twitter went absolutely berserk when Todd Zolecki took pictures and posted them up on his blog and Twitter. The pictures: Jayson Werth sporting a beard that rivaled Jesus.
The phenomenon of Werth showing up to camp in a contract year in a full beard took Phillies fans by storm. Shirts, Twitter names, and all sorts of other hairy puns were made. Most famously, the Twitter account of @JWerthsBeard was born, becoming one of the most popular tweeps in the Phillies Twitterverse.
Best record in baseball: It’s not really one moment per-say but the entire season wrapped into one. The Phillies battled the injuries and the poor offense to compile the best record in baseball
The Phillies had over 20 players spending time on the designated list – Werth was the only starter to not land on the DL. At one point, the Phillies trailed the Atlanta Braves by seven games in the division and rattled off a remarkable second half effort to lock up the division and earn the best record in baseball on the last day, finishing a game ahead of the Yankees.
Trade for Roy Oswalt: The Phillies were going to go after Cliff Lee but ultimately lost to the Texas Rangers in that bid. So they settled with the next best option: Roy Oswalt. In order to land the right-hander, the Phils sent J.A. Happ and a couple prospects to Houston.
Oswalt’s impact on the Phillies was almost immediate. Despite getting hit around hard by the Nationals in his Phillies debut, Oswalt compiled a 7-1 and 1.74 ERA with 82.2 innings pitched, 73 strike outs and 21 walks in 12 starts.
Brian Schneider’s walk-off against Cincy: This was submitted by Schneider himself off of Facebook (or at least I believe it’s him). The Phillies were struggling greatly heading into the All-Star break and they had a four-game home stand against the Reds. The Phillies swept the Reds with the first three games all going to extra innings.
Brad Lidge blew the save in the ninth inning. We get to the bottom of the 12th now. With one out, Schneider crushed the offering to send the Phillies to a series-opening win as they tried to right their sinking ship.
Dobbs sent to minors: This was submitted by @PHLSportsFan as a joke. But yes, with how poorly Dobbs played all year, a collective sigh of relief was let out when the Phillies optioned him to AAA in July/August.