'Making History' tells story of memorable year
Narrated by Lee, video yearbook a keepsake for Phillies fans
The Phillies had a season for the ages, if also one that fell short of their ultimate goal. Philadelphia set a franchise record for regular season wins en route to its fifth consecutive division title in 2011, and fans can relive the high points in "Making History," the team's official video yearbook.
"Making History" gives fans a behind the scenes look at the Phillies, beginning in Spring Training and carrying through to the National League Division Series loss to St. Louis. The video is narrated by southpaw Cliff Lee, and it contains snippets of interviews from virtually every Philadelphia starter.
The video begins in the offseason leading up to Spring Training, when the hype began to build around Philadelphia's vaunted rotation. Lee, who brought much of the acclaim by signing with the Phillies as a free agent, quipped at one point, "Now I kind of know how the Beatles felt."
Spring Training brought a visit from Pat Gillick, who would celebrate his induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame later in the season. The also video features an entertaining sequence in which Roy Halladay, the 2010 NL Cy Young Award winner, pitches a game against Minor Leaguers.
The preseason highlights culminated with a brief segment on prospect Vance Worley, who continued his success into the regular season, and an update on second baseman Chase Utley, who spent much of Spring Training and April battling injuries that kept him from the field.
Philadelphia's 5-4 victory on Opening Day -- a win that sparked the team's first home sweep since 1970 -- is well chronicled in "Making History," as is a series of early-season highlights that include the Phillies' victory in a 19-inning game and boxer Bernard Hopkins' visit to the clubhouse.
Lee, narrating throughout, spoke at one point about the team's starting rotation and credited catcher Carlos Ruiz for much of the group's success.
"I guess you could call this rotation a staff of thoroughbreds," said Lee of Halladay, Oswalt and Cole Hamels. "And if that's the case, Chooch is the best jockey in the world. We're all kind of different and he gets the most out of us every day."
The video picks up by chronicling Halladay's return to Toronto, and it also gives an insider's view on Gillick's induction to Cooperstown. Later chapters include the team's late-season acquisition of outfielder Hunter Pence and a look at Philadelphia's 9-1 record on a 10-game road trip.
"Making History" also delves into outfielder Shane Victorino's work in the community and a statue at Citizens Bank Park dedicated to late broadcaster Harry Kalas before wrapping up with a look at the team's postseason push and thrilling series against the Cardinals in the NLDS.
There's so much to consider, in fact, that much of the best material was saved for bonus features. Fans can watch Gillick's induction speech and the Kalas statue ceremony among other highlights, including a look at former outfielder John Kruk's induction to the team's Wall of Fame.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.