Today we celebrate three Philadelphia sports icons.
A general manager who shaped the team that brought the City its first championship in 25 years.
A player who only played here for a limited amount of time, but swept the city off of its feet.
And a player who defined a generation.
Gillick took over for Ed Wade in November of 2005.
He was known as “stand pat” for his propsensity to not make a big move.
Despite the label, Gillick made a pair of moves that will go down as two of the most important in franchise history.
The first was signing Jayson Werth in the Winter of 2006.
Werth was left for dead after missing all of the 2006 season with a wrist injury. But Gillick signed him anyway, and Werth helped the Phillies make the playoffs for the first time since 1993.
Werth would go on to hit a ridiculous 11 postseason home runs for the Phillies.
I’ll never forget his home run in game 3 of the 2009 NLCS at home vs the Dodgers. I’ve never heard CBP that loud before.
The second was trading Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary, and Mike Costanzo to Houston for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett.
Of course we know that Lidge would go 48/48 in save opportunities, including the last out of the 2008 World Series.
What a moment.
No one will ever forget where they were on that night. I was at college at WVU and the party was on.
Pat Gillick is major reason why there is a 2008 World Series reunion tomorrow afternoon.
Thank you, Pat.
Halladay only played in Philadelphia for four seasons, but he made a monumental impact.
His first season was one for the ages.
He went 21-10, with a 2.44 ERA , 219 Ks, and won the Cy Young award.
Every time Halladay was on the mound it was must see TV.
He completely took the city by storm. It felt that everyone was wearing a Halladay shirsey.
The most memorable Halladay moment was his first career playoff start.
I was also at college for this game. It was a Wednesday evening at 5PM. I’m sure we all anticipated that the Phillies would/should win this game... but no one anticipated what would actually happen....
Halladay was electric from the start. You knew that something special was going on.
One of the greatest postseason thrills a fan could ever have.
Halladay would go on win 55 games in his four seasons (40 in his first two) and pitch again in the playoffs in 2011.
His machine like approach fit in with this city so well. People absolutely loved Doc Halladay.
He wasn’t in Philadelphia for long, but the impact he made will be remembered forever.
Unfortunately he left us way too soon.
Thank you, Doc
The man of the hour.
This is Brian Dawkins’ day. Get the tissue box ready.
What can I write about Brian Dawkins that hasn’t already been written?
He defines an era.
The most popular player in franchise history, and it isn’t even close. Hell, Dawkins is the most popular professional athlete in the history of the City.
On the field, his play was unparalleled. The stats speak for themselves...
Like many, my favorite Dawkins moment was the hit on Alge Crumpler in the 2004 NFC Championship Game.
I was lucky enough to be inside the link for this game.
It was at that moment that everyone knew the Eagles were FINALLY going to the Super Bowl.
I’m not sure if there will be another player that comes through this City quite like Brian Dawkins.