If you’ve ever played baseball of any kind, whether it’s whiffle ball in the back yard, on the little league field, high school, college, or even daydreaming in your mind as you tried to do schoolwork, you’ve likely dreamed of this scenario:
Bottom of the 9th. Two out. Bases loaded. Down three runs. You’re at the plate. A grand slam brings you all the way back and wins the game.
It’s called “the ultimate grand slam,” one that catapults a team that was down by three runs into a walk-off win. Every kid always wanted to hit one.
And this week, on April 13, 1983, former Phillies catcher Bo Diaz lived the dream.
On the latest episode of Hittin’ Season, we started a new segment called “This Week in Phillies History.” It’s a uniquely titled segment in which we take a look at some of the most noteworthy moments in Phils history for that week.
There were a number of great moments to choose from this week: Schmidt’s 500th home run and his four-homer game in Wrigley Field in 1976, Cliff Lee’s 10-inning shutout loss to the Giants in ‘12, and a rare 1-0 Rockies loss at the hands of the Phillies back in 2006 were just some of them mentioned on the pod.
But for me, Diaz’ walk-off slam against the Mets, which gave the Phils a 10-9 victory over New York was my favorite.
Here is the call from the late Harry Kalas, followed by an interview with Diaz on the Phils’ radio postgame show following Bo’s heroic feat.
I swear there is video of this moment somewhere, but darned if I could find it. But of all the moments mentioned on This Week In Phillies History on the latest podcast, which is your favorite?
Which moment in Phillies history from this week is your favorite?
This poll is closed
4/13/1983 - Bo Diaz "ultimate grand slam"
4/14/2016 - Vince Velasquez K’s 16
4/15/2911 - Grover Cleveland Alexander MLB debut
4/16/2006 - Phils beat Rockies 1-0 in Denver, the Rockies’ first ever 1-0 defeat at Coors
4/17/1976 - Schmidt hits 4 HRs at Wrigley in an 18-16 victory
4/18/2012 - Cliff Lee shuts out the Giants for 10 innings