Take a look:
Chase Utley .795
Reggie Jackson .755
Hideki Matsui .750
Babe Ruth .744
Lou Gehrig .731
Bobby Brown .707
Carlos Ruiz .706
Lenny Dykstra .700
Johnny Blanchard .690
Jayson Werth .676
Not surprisingly, there are a lot of Yankees on that list. In fact, six of the 10 came from the Yankees. But the other four guys all appeared in at least one World Series with the Phillies.
The name that was oddly missing from the slugging list is Shane Victorino, who seems to have a penchant for hitting big homers in postseason games. There was the grand slam off CC Sabathia in Game 2 of the 2008 NLDS that many cite as the early turning point for the Phillies’ chances in the run to the World Series that year. Then the game-tying two-run shot in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS set the stage for Matt Stairs’ game-winner that went deep into the night.
During the last run through five postseasons, Victorino led the Phillies in games, batting average and is second behind Ryan Howard with 30 RBIs. Counting his 10 postseason games with Boston this year, Victorino has hit seven playoff homers and five of them either tied the game or gave his team the lead.
The grand slam Victorino hit in Game 6 of the ALCS to send the Red Sox to the World Series could be his biggest hit yet, which is saying something. Unbelievably, Victorino is 4 for 6 with two homers and 16 RBIs in the postseason with the bases loaded, and is just one of two players to hit two career postseason grand slams.
The other? Jim Thome.
But in two World Series appearances, Victorino is just 9 for 42 with one extra-base hit and four strikeouts. He made the last out against Mariano Rivera in the 2009 World Series and had two hits in his last 16 plate appearances in the series.
Victorino was on his way to being the Red Sox's goat in Game 6 when he failed to get a bunt down and was 2 for 23 against Detroit in the series going into his final at-bat. But just before the grand slam the fans in right field at Fenway serenaded Victorino with Bob Marley’s “The Little Birds.”
Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
“This one was definitely more dramatic, especially considering the circumstances,” Victorino told reporters after the game. “I mean, this place, this city, these fans, all of it, it's just amazing.
“For all of them to be singing to me, ‘Everything’s gonna be all right,’ I will never forget that. Never.”
Didn’t they ever serenade Victorino at the Bank during tough stretches?
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Looks like the ex-Phillie World Series winner streak will continue this year. With Victorino on the Red Sox and Ty Wigginton appearing in 47 games for the Cardinals this year, one former Phil will be getting a ring. Meanwhile, to find a World Series champion that did not have at least one ex-Phillie on the roster, you have to go back to the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays. To find a World Series winner without an ex-Phillie or a player drafted by the Phillies, go all the way back to the 1990 Cincinnati Reds.