A year later, they played starring roles in a World Series championship.
“I think it was very important for us to go through that,” Victorino said by phone. “It was a wake-up call. We went on that miraculous run to win the division, and we ran into a team that was Rodney Hudson Authentic Jersey that much better and that much hotter. It was definitely a stepping-stone for the next year.”
Red Sox first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr. was the Phillies’ assistant general manager in 2007 and recalls the coaching staff preparing the players for their first postseason by trying to duplicate the atmosphere of the regular season, especially late September, when they were pushing to win the division title. Farrell and his coaches attempted to do the same with the youngest Red Sox players before the Division Series opened in Cleveland.
That never happened with Branca. Even as his career fizzled after 1951, he handled his moment in history with good sport. He and Thomson became friends, and in retirement often appeared together at card shows or on talk shows. He became a successful financial executive after his baseball career and he ran the Baseball Assistance Team organization for 17 years, helping those who faced financial difficulties in their post-baseball lives. One of his daughters married Bobby Valentine.
One of the greatest guys to ever throw a pitch or sing a song is longer with us. Ralph Branca Passed this morning.
My colleague Jayson Stark wrote on Monday that this blueprint could even spill over into Ronnie Lott Authentic Jersey the regular season:
Frankly, when we’ve surveyed veteran relievers about this trend, many have expressed great skepticism that anyone could make it through a season healthy while assuming a workload remotely similar to Miller’s postseason role.
But they should know that, in their very own front offices, the folks who are gazing into baseball’s future aren’t so sure of that. Not anymore.