Worth the Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies

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Detailing Philadelphia's long sports drought, this account chronicles the magical postseason run that unleashed a quarter-century of pent-up frustration. For 25 years, the city waited for a team like the 2008 Phillies to come along, and unlike so many Phillies teams that were haunted by the past, this team was inspired by it, by the chance to place its own inimitable stamp on the franchise.
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Overview


Detailing Philadelphia's long sports drought, this account chronicles the magical postseason run that unleashed a quarter-century of pent-up frustration. For 25 years, the city waited for a team like the 2008 Phillies to come along, and unlike so many Phillies teams that were haunted by the past, this team was inspired by it, by the chance to place its own inimitable stamp on the franchise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600786556
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 241
  • Sales rank: 778,062
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jayson Stark

Jayson Stark is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com, where his regular contributions include the "Rumblings and Grumblings" column and the "Useless Information Department," his tilted look inside baseball's numbers and quirks. He was twice named Pennsylvania's sportswriter of the year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He is the author of The Stark Truth: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players in Baseball History.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface viii

Introduction: Free at Last xi

Part 1 Dawn of a Championship Season 1

Playing Those Mind Games Forever 3

The Rivalry Erupts 13

Part 2 Five Moments That Defined a Season 19

The Shortstop Sitteth 21

Brett Myers Visits Scenic Lehigh Valley 27

Sweep Dreams 33

Sweet 16 (Again) 37

The Clincher 41

Part 3 The National League Division Series 47

It's Never Easy 49

CC You Later 58

The Walking History Museum 66

The Team You Couldn't Kill 71

So This Is How It Feels 80

Part 4 The National League Championship Series 91

What's That Sound? History-Makers at Work 93

Citizens Arrest 99

Life and Game 2 Collide 108

The Thrill of Victorino 118

Please Use the Stairs 126

Now It's Their Turn 136

Part 5 The World Series 147

Little Moves, Big Dreams 149

Why the Phillies Will Win the World Series 155

Birth of an October Legend 157

Outs Are Good? 166

Late Night with Carlos and Eric 174

One Win Away 182

Rain-Delay Theater 192

Only in Philadelphia 200

Worth the Wait 204

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