2008 World Series

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The 2008 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2008 season.wikipedia
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2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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The AL's 4–3 win in the 2008 All-Star Game gave the Rays home field advantage for the series, meaning no more than three games would be played at the Phillies' stadium Citizens Bank Park.
The home American League won 4–3 in 15 innings, giving home field advantage in the 2008 World Series to the AL champion, which eventually came to be the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays

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The 104th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Philadelphia Phillies and the American League (AL) champion Tampa Bay Rays; the Phillies won the series, four games to one.
The 2008 season saw the Tampa Bay Rays post their first winning season, their first AL East championship, and their first pennant (defeating the rival Boston Red Sox in the ALCS), though they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in that year's World Series.

Chase Utley

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The Philadelphia Phillies scored the first runs of the Series when Chase Utley hit a home run with Jayson Werth on base in the top of the first inning. The Phillies scored in the bottom of the first inning after Jimmy Rollins led off with a single and eventually scored when Chase Utley grounded out.
He is a six-time All-Star, won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008, and was chosen as the second baseman on the Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team for the 2000s.

2008 American League Championship Series

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The Tampa Bay Rays advanced to the World Series after defeating the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox in the AL's Division Series and 2008 American League Championship Series.
The Rays would go on to lose to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.

Milwaukee Brewers

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The Phillies advanced to the World Series after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL's Divisional Series and Championship Series, respectively.
They were eliminated in the National League Division Series by the eventual World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies.

2008 National League Championship Series

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The Phillies advanced to the World Series after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL's Divisional Series and Championship Series, respectively.
The Phillies would go on to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series in five games.

Shane Victorino

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The Phillies loaded the bases in the second inning, but were unable to score when Shane Victorino was thrown out at home plate by B. J. Upton.
With the Phillies, Victorino won three Gold Glove Awards, was named to two MLB All-Star Games, and was a member of the 2008 World Series champions.

Carlos Ruiz (baseball)

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The Phillies extended their lead when Carlos Ruiz batted in Victorino in the fourth inning.
In, for his strong postseason performance, including a walk-off hit, during the Phillies playoff run that concluded with victory in the 2008 World Series, he earned the nickname "Señor Octubre" (Mr.

Citizens Bank Park

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The AL's 4–3 win in the 2008 All-Star Game gave the Rays home field advantage for the series, meaning no more than three games would be played at the Phillies' stadium Citizens Bank Park.

Cole Hamels

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Ryan Madson relieved Phillies' starter Cole Hamels in the eighth inning, pitching a single perfect inning.
He was the top pitcher on the team entering the season, and during the Phillies' postseason run, during which they ultimately won the 2008 World Series over the Tampa Bay Rays, he won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.

Scott Kazmir

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Tampa Bay starting pitcher Scott Kazmir was removed after six innings; J. P. Howell and Grant Balfour combined to shut out the Phillies for 1⅓ innings.
However, a series of nagging injuries led to inconsistency in his pitching motion and gradually reduced his effectiveness over the second half of the season and in the playoffs, even as the Rays made it to their first World Series.

Philadelphia Phillies

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The 104th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Philadelphia Phillies and the American League (AL) champion Tampa Bay Rays; the Phillies won the series, four games to one.
The Phillies redeemed their previous year's playoff performance by winning the NLDS three games to one against the Milwaukee Brewers, and they defeated the Dodgers in Los Angeles as well, 4–1.As the National League champions, the Phillies advanced to the 2008 World Series to play the Tampa Bay Rays.

Brad Lidge

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Philadelphia's Brad Lidge struck out the first two batters he faced and retired the third batter to get the save.
He sealed the Phillies' 2008 World Series championship with the final out, a strikeout of Eric Hinske in Game 5.

Jimmy Rollins

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The Phillies scored in the bottom of the first inning after Jimmy Rollins led off with a single and eventually scored when Chase Utley grounded out. Philadelphia took a 1–0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as Jimmy Rollins led off with a double and scored when Pat Burrell later walked with the bases loaded.
He was also a key component of the 2008 World Series champion team that defeated the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pat Burrell

Philadelphia took a 1–0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as Jimmy Rollins led off with a double and scored when Pat Burrell later walked with the bases loaded.
In 2008, Burrell hit 33 home runs as the Phillies reached the playoffs again, winning the World Series.

2008 Philadelphia Phillies season

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2008 World Series (4–1): Philadelphia Phillies (NL) beat Tampa Bay Rays (AL).
In the post-season, the Phillies won the World Series; this was the first major sports championship for Philadelphia since the 76ers swept the 1983 NBA Finals.

St. Petersburg, Florida

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The Philadelphia Phillies (2008 champions of the National League) defeated the Tampa Bay Rays (American League champions) four games to one, played in St. Petersburg and Philadelphia from Wednesday, October 22 to Wednesday, October 29, 2008.
However, they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2008 World Series.

Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Phillies (2008 champions of the National League) defeated the Tampa Bay Rays (American League champions) four games to one, played in St. Petersburg and Philadelphia from Wednesday, October 22 to Wednesday, October 29, 2008.
The city's professional teams and their fans endured 25 years without a championship, from the 76ers 1983 NBA Finals win until the Phillies 2008 World Series win.

National League East

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The team won its position in the playoffs after its second consecutive NL East division title.

American League East

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The team concluded the season, albeit with a 13–14 record in September, by winning the American League East title for the first time in franchise history.

Jayson Werth

The Philadelphia Phillies scored the first runs of the Series when Chase Utley hit a home run with Jayson Werth on base in the top of the first inning.
On October 29, 2008, the Phillies won their second World Series title.

James Shields (baseball)

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Rays starter James Shields shut out the Phillies through 5⅔ innings to earn the win, before being relieved by Dan Wheeler who pitched an additional scoreless inning.
He is the first—and as of 2016, the only—Tampa Bay Rays pitcher to win a World Series game, having done so in Game 2 of the 2008 World Series.

Evan Longoria

Tampa Bay scored the first runs of the game in the first inning when Akinori Iwamura and B. J. Upton scored on consecutive ground outs by Carlos Peña and Evan Longoria respectively.
The Rays made it to the 2008 World Series (their first in franchise history) but were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tim Tschida

After the game was suspended, umpiring crew chief Tim Tschida told reporters that he and his crew ordered the players off the field because the wind and rain threatened to make the game "comical."
He worked in thirteen postseasons, including the World Series in 1998, 2002 and 2008; the League Championship Series in 1993, 1999, and 2000; and the Division Series in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

1983 NBA Finals

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The Phillies won their second championship in their 126-year history to bring the city of Philadelphia its first championship in 25 years (since the 1983 NBA Finals).
The 76ers championship was the last for the city of Philadelphia until the Phillies won the 2008 World Series.