Godzilla Devours Philly’s Repeat Hopes
This will be short and bittersweet. The durable arm of Andy Pettitte and the monstrous bat of “Godzilla,” Hideki Matsui, who went 3 for 4 with a homer, double, single and six RBIs, were too much for the Phillies as the Yanks won their 27th World Series with a 7-3 victory.
That the Phillies even made it to this stage for a second year in a row was a testament to the intestinal fortitude of a Phillies club that had a closer who couldn’t close, a World Series MVP having a terrible year, and a shaky bullpen. We can also thank Ruben Amaro, Jr. for giving Philly a shot at the repeat with the deals that brought Cliff Lee and Raul Ibanez to town.
Talk about next year is for another day. Today we celebrate back-to-back appearances in the World Series. With a few adjustments here and there, the Phillies should be back in the hunt next season.
They gave us a great ride.