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Luke Williams the unlikely author of 2021’s signature Phillies moment

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What a moment.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 Phillies have not been bad. They have not been good. They have been somewhere in between. They’ve been mediocre and, as a result, so has their season thus far.

Through a little more than two months, the most memorable victory of the season was a win they probably didn’t deserve, Alec Bohm’s phantom slide into home against the Braves in Atlanta on Sunday Night Baseball way back on April 11. During the first 10 weeks of the season, there was no truly memorable moment to speak of.

Last night, Luke Williams finally gave the 2021 Phillies season its first signature moment.

Williams’ walk-off, two-run home run with two outs in the 9th inning of a game they were trailing 1-0 to the Braves was an electric, feel-good, lightning bolt of fun that energized a dead-man walking stadium and a team that had struggled to do anything of consequence all night.

How unlikely was Williams’ bomb?

So yeah, pretty unlikely, although if you ask his teammates, they saw it coming. Zach Eflin, last night’s starting pitcher, told reporters after the game that they called Williams’ home run the pitch before it happened. His new nickname is Captain America. If you watch his postgame interview, you can see why.

Two seasons ago, Bryce Harper authored that season’s signature moment, a walk-off grand slam against the Chicago Cubs. Last year, there really was no moment like that, and during mediocre and frustrating seasons, sometimes that happens, especially when that season is only 60 games long.

It’s too soon to say whether Williams’ heroics will springboard the Phillies to more success. If recent seasons are any guide, it’s more likely last night’s magical moment was just that... a moment. But that’s why we watch baseball, for moments like this, even if they occur in a season in which nothing truly special will happen at the end of it.

Luke Williams’ walk-off home run was baseball, in all its facets, at its finest.

And just in case you wanted to re-live the 2021 Phillies’ signature moment one more time, via Scott Franzke...