Drawing comparisons to the classic 1980 NLCS with the Astros, the Phillies showcased their trademark resiliency, and wrote the script for one of the most exhilarating acts in club history, in taking another step toward repeating as champions.
A colleague and neutral observer noted the difference between the hardy stars of the Phillies and players from other teams. Where misplays like Chase Utley’s toss and Raul Ibanez’s drop would ice a lesser unit, as it did with the Cardinals in getting swept by the Dodgers, the Phillies bottle and leverage adversity. When the Rockies took a two-run lead in the eighth, plotting a course for a Game 5 showdown, that’s when the Phillies recognized the series had entered a new phase, one with no margin for error, one where only the strong would survive. And in that taut moment, Ryan Howard issued a challenge: “Get me to the plate, boys.” Thing is, he’s speaking for everyone in dugout when he says that. Stones like those are why the Phils are a step closer to November, while Huston Street and the Rockies will be in a perpetual state of Rocktober.
“I remember writhing on the floor and screaming from the couch throughout the unbearable tension, extraordinary twists and turns, enormous misery and ultimate joy of the 1980 NLCS, and these last two games are right up there with that experience. I've been a phan since the fifties and I am now ready to pronounce this the best Phils team ever. I got tickets for Sunday's game, so I will be driving down from Massachusetts and forced to take the day off Monday. Can't wait.” - GreysFan
"There is a reason the Phillies are defending champions though and this series, more specifically the last inning of Game 4 showed why. Solid at bats, working counts, not trying to do too much, and just making contact. Also, many argued that Lidge should be off the post-season roster. He is unreliable and will offer nothing. And you certainly don't want him saving 1- run games. Lidge had two saves, both in one-run games. One was a one out save but it was Lidge commanding his slider as well as he has all year. The other save had him jamming a guy, and using another ones over-eagerness against him. Solid job by Lidge in this series.” – TTI