Pedro Feliz is one of several players who contributed in keys spots that flew under the radar during the Fall Classic.
Last night, I finally sat down with the World Series DVD and I’m ashamed to admit that many of the highlights had begun to fade from memory. Included are my two submissions for the all-unheralded list, courtesy of Pete Happy.
Setting the stage, it’s World Series Game 1, the Phillies’ first indoor turf game in ages. Cole Hamels, pitching in the third, gets into a bases-loaded jam. With one out, the speedy B.J. Upton bounces one to the left side and it looks like trouble. Feliz is on it like a cat, plucking it on a short hop and flicking to second to get one, turned by Chase Utley to pop Upton at first for the twin killing.
Next, it’s Game 4, which ended in a 10-2 offensive searing. But at the start, the pressure was on the offense to break out of their RISP slump and produce big hits. With two outs in the third, Feliz did just that, connecting with a solid single to left to bring Utley to the plate. It was the Phillies’ first, true situational clutch hit of the series. Feliz would, of course, contribute the series-clinching hit in Game 5.
Not only does Feliz earn my vote for best unheralded moment, he earns a nod for unheralded MVP candidate.