World Series Game 5 tidbits
Phillies' Fall Classic win history-making for many reasons
End of drought: The Phillies' World Series win against the Rays on Wednesday night snapped the city of Philadelphia's 98 combined seasons since it celebrated a championship in any one of the four major sports. Prior to Wednesday, the last team from Philadelphia to win a championship was the 76ers, who defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1983 NBA Finals.
Making history: In the first World Series game to be suspended, the Rays and Phillies concluded the final 3 1/2 innings of Game 5 on Wednesday night. When pinch-hitter Geoff Jenkins stepped into the batter's box at 8:40 p.m. ET to resume the game in the bottom of the sixth, 46 hours had passed since the first pitch was tossed on Monday night.
Perfect in Philly: The Phillies won all six home games of their postseason, becoming just the second team to win all of its home games since the advent of three rounds of postseason play. This year's Phillies joined the 1999 Yankees in completing that feat.
A PERFECT HOME RUN
|Since the LCS began in 1969, nine teams have gone undefeated at home in the postseason.|
Untouchable Lidge: With a scoreless ninth, Phillies closer Brad Lidge completed a perfect season of converting saves. Lidge recorded his second World Series save and his seventh of the postseason on Wednesday night, going a perfect 48-for-48, dating back to Opening Day 2008.
Hamels is MVP: Game 5 starter Cole Hamels was named MVP of the 2008 World Series. Hamels started Game 5 on Monday, but he did not record a decision, going 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two World Series starts.
Twice as nice: Hamels earned MVP honors for the second time in the playoffs. The dominating lefty was also MVP of the National League Championship Series, and is now one of just five players in World Series history to earn MVP honors twice in one postseason.
Race to the plate: For the fifth straight game in the World Series, the team that scored first went on to win. Philadelphia plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, marking the fifth straight game a team scored a run in the first inning.
TWICE AS VALUABLE
|Five players have been named MVP of a League Championship Series and World Series in the same season.|
Breaking out the bats: Rays sluggers Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria collected their first hit of the series in Game 5's first half on Monday. Pena snapped an 0-for-14 series skid with a fourth inning one-out double, and Longoria followed with an RBI single to score Pena. Longoria was 0-for-18 before the hit.
National League on top: The Phillies' win gave the NL its 43 World Series title, the first since 2006. Philadelphia also became just the third team since 2002 to become World Series champions. The American League still leads the all-time list with 61 titles.
Blanton's bat headed to Cooperstown: Following Sunday night's Game 4 win, Phillies starter Joe Blanton donated the bat he used to hit a solo home run to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Blanton became the first pitcher in 34 years to homer in a World Series game since Oakland's Ken Holtzman did so in the 1974 Fall Classic. An exhibit dedicated to the 2008 World Series will open in approximately two weeks in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.