Most memorable home runs in Phillies history
Ben Francisco: October 4, 2011
Following a 102-win season, the Phillies looked to get back to the World Series after being eliminated in the NLCS in 2010. With the NLDS series against the Cardinals tied at a game apiece, Ben Francisco came up huge in Game 3. With the game deadlocked at 0-0 in the seventh, Francisco launched a ball out of the park to left-center field.
The three-run homer propelled the Phillies to a 3-2 win. However, the Cardinals won the next two games, ending the Phillies season. The Phillies fell to 81 wins the following season and haven’t reached the .500 mark since.
Jim Thome: June 23, 2012
Thome has a memorable first run with the Phillies, leading the league in home runs with 47 in 2003 and added 42 in 2004. He returned to the team at the end of his career in 2012 as a pinch hitter and designated hitter in AL parks. He provided a final memorable moment in front of the Philadelphia fans on June 23.
After leading the Rays 6-3 in the seventh, the game was tied at 6-6 in the ninth. Thome lead off the ninth and drove a 3-2 pitch from Jake McGee out of the park to left field for the game winner. The home run was Thome’s last in a Phillies uniform. He went on to three more home runs with the Orioles later that season and retired with 612 home runs.