10. 2012 All-Star Game
Ruiz started off the 2012 season red-hot, finishing the first half with a .350/.412/.584 line. Ruiz had 13 home runs, 46 RBI, and 21 doubles. Fans rallied behind the backstop, launching the website vote4chooch.com to campaign for Ruiz.
One group of fans found enough support that Ruiz is an alien from Area 51 and that he has to be in the All-Star Game or he will call his mothership. Don’t believe me? Watch this!
Ruiz was eventually selected by NL manager Tony La Russa for the game. Ruiz, along with Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon, was one of three Phillies in the game.
Ruiz caught three innings total after replacing Buster Posey. Ruiz caught knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, both of his Philly teammates, and flamethrower Aroldis Chapman among several others. Ruiz flew out in his lone plate appearance of the game. Altogether, it was nice to see one of the unsung heroes of the Phillies golden years be recognized.
9. 2010 NLCS home run
The 2010 NLCS with the San Francisco Giants is a sore spot in the mind of Phillies fans. After two straight World Series appearances and a strong regular season, fans were envisioning another chance for a title. However, that didn’t go as planned as the Phillies lost in six games to the Giants as San Francisco went on to win the World Series instead.
The series was nothing special for Ruiz either as he managed just three hits in those six games. However, one of those hits was a home run in the first game of the series off of Giants ace Tim Lincecum. His home run tied up the game after the Giants scored a run in the top of the third. In the end the home run wasn’t enough as the Phils lost the game 4-3.