"It might have took a little squib roller down the third-base line, but at the same time it's better to be lucky sometimes than to be good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
That sounds about right.
A hit batter, wild pitch, throwing error, two intentional walks, and "a little squib" in the ninth inning gave the Phillies a 5-4 victory and a one-game advantage over the Rays - this after B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford very nearly stole a W for Tampa, quite literally.
Instead, now I imagine Carlos Ruiz - the Phillies 29-year-old catcher who got the "game-winning hit" - in about 25 or 30 years. He's sitting around, telling his grandchildren about his first World Series. About how he won Game 3 in walk-off fashion with a hit that very nearly was ruined by a diving Evan Longoria.
Never mind that it was the lamest walk-off ever . . .
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