The Philadelphia Phillies won the 2008 World Series title by defeating Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in the rain-interrupted fifth game of the best-of-seven series. The game was suspended in the middle of the sixth inning with the scores tied 2-2.
This is an exceptional win for the team which will remember 2008 as their best season ever. They last won the Fall Classic title way back in 1980 when they defeated Kansas City. Phillies also had their best road record in the National League, at 44–37.
“I always thought we could win the World Series. When I look at my guys, I see our chemistry and our attitude, our make-up and how much we like to play and how much the Philadelphia fans backed us. I knew we could win the World Series,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game.
While Brad Lidge closed out the victory for Phillies, it was starting pitcher Cole Hamels who was named the Most Valuable Player. He won the title in the National League Championship Series too.
“I’m happy I could do whatever I could do,” said Lidge, who converted all 48 save chances in his first season as a Phillie, “because this team was ready to do this.”
The final game, played at the Citizens Bank Park with an attendance of over 45,000 people, was the first suspended match in postseason history.
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