On Episode 27 of “Continued Success,” hosts Justin Klugh & Liz Roscher remember the intense series the Phillies played against the Expos in Montreal back in 1993, where they lost 2 out of 3 against a rampaging Expos squad that would go on to have their 1994 season and the franchise as a whole, ruined by the MLB strike. Also, the 2008 Phils were in the midst of a 7-game winning streak, a conversation about what makes a “throwback” player, and how losing too much can ruin a player’s mental skills.
Ahead of their final game against the New York Mets tonight, the Phillies have a flickering chance of making the postseason. It’s less than 5%, but it’s there. But I know many of you have probably jumped off the 2018 bandwagon, and if you have, then this episode of Continued Success is for you.
Continued Success is a podcast that is mainly here to talk about the 1993 and 2008 Phillies as both World Series teams teams celebrate major anniversaries. And now is when it starts to get real good.
The Phils entered their key series against the Expos in Montreal with an 89-57 record and a 4-game lead in the division. All they needed to do was not get swept. And, after losing the first game of the series on a Delino Deshields walk-off sacrifice fly to shallow center field, Montreal had drawn to within three games (4:37:07 mark).
It was sweaty palms time in Philadelphia after that game, but the Phillies recovered to win the second game while losing the third. They didn’t get swept and that was all they needed to outlast the Expos.
Frankly, if the season had been two weeks longer, I wouldn’t have been at all surprised if Montreal had hunted them down and won the NL East. Anyway, listen as Justin and Liz take you through that entire series, as well as the stretch run for the 2008 Phils, who had to claw back and overtake both the Brewers for the NL wild card and the Mets for the division.
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