This Day In Sports History (October 29th) — Philadelphia Phillies
It was on this day in 2008 that the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays completed Game Five of the World Series. The game had started two days earlier, but was postponed due to rain, making it the first World Series game in history to be delayed for over a day.
The Phillies made it to the World Series by first winning the National League East and then defeating the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League’s Divisional and Championship series, respectively. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, had themselves an improbable run to the World Series, as they shocked the baseball world by making it to the post season as the American League East division champions. They then defeated the Chicago White Sox in the divisional round and the Boston Red Sox in the A.L.C.S. However, they would ultimately fall short of their World Series aspirations.
Although many considered these two teams to be evenly matched, the Phillies proved they were the better team by easily handling the Rays. Philadelphia starting pitcher Cole Hamels was named the World Series M.V.P thanks to his dominating performance duirng Game One.
Here is a tribute to the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies
Denis Potvin. NHL – Born October 29th 1953 (age 60) in Hull, Quebec
Mike Gartner, NHL – Born October 29th 1959 (age 54) in Ottawa, Ontario
Eric Staal, NHL – Born October 29th 1984 (age 29) in Thunder Bay, Ontario