Ryan Howard: October 26, 2008
In the same game that Blanton hit his only Major League home run, Ryan Howard provided some late insurance. With Chase Utley at first base with one out, Howard took a Trevor Miller offering out of the park to right-center to give the Phillies a 10-2 lead. The home run was Howard’s second of the game and his third of the World Series.
Following a .300 batting average against the Dodgers in the NLCS, Howard hit .286 with three home runs and six RBI in the World Series. Howard played his entire 13-year career with the Phillies, finishing with 382 home runs and 1194 RBI.
Matt Stairs: April 12, 2009
Stairs hit only seven regular season home runs for the Phillies in 120 at-bats, but no one will forget the blast in the 2008 NLCS against the Dodgers. Similarly, his shot on April 12, 2009, is memorable for another reason. It was the last home run call for the late Harry Kalas, who passed away the following day prior to the game.
The home run in the ninth inning by Stairs to right field brought the Phillies all the way back from a 5-1 deficit to win the game, 7-5. Stairs retired in 2011 with 269 home runs with 12 different teams over a 19-year career.
Shane Victorino: April 13, 2009
On this day, the long time television voice of the Phillies, Harry Kalas passed away prior to the game. A very difficult day for the remaining of the broadcast team and entire Phillies organization, a ball game still had to be played. The Phillies won the game 9-8 and Victorino, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez all homered.
What made Victorino’s most memorable was what he did following the home run. When crossing home plate, Victorino paused, crossed his arms and pointed up to the broadcast booth where Kalas would have been sitting. It was a class act by Victorino showing respect and tribute to the “Voice of the Phillies” and Hall of Fame broadcaster.