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Myers creates a memory

Brett Myers wins Game 2.

Myers creates a memory

Shane Victorino watches Brett Myers hit while fans cheer during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Milwaulkee Brewers. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Shane Victorino watches Brett Myers hit while fans cheer during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Milwaulkee Brewers. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

The final score trumps all, of course. And the fact that Brett Myers pitched like Brett Myers again will be more meaningful as the Phillies continue their march through October. It is a point that no one would even think of arguing.

Still, meaning and memory are different things. What you remember is not necessarily what really matters. Sometimes you remember things that are frivolous, or silly, or outlandish, or fun. Sometimes the big picture is trumped by the single, unforgettable snapshot.

And so, tonight will always be remembered as the night when Myers worked CC Sabathia for a walk.

As long as baseball is discussed in this city, Myers’ second-inning at-bat will be played and replayed. The score was tied at 1-1 when Myers walked to the plate. There were two outs and a runner on second base. There were no expectations. The man had six hits in the last 3 seasons, after all.

Nine pitches later, Myers was standing on first base amid bedlam at Citizens Bank Park.

The ballpark’s biggest crowd ever, 46,208, was roaring. Rally towels were waving, creating this hyperactive white sea. Sing-song chants of “C…C……C…C……” were begun and then swallowed up in the collective cacophony. It was just insanity.

And two batters later, Shane Victorino provided the raucous punctuation with a grand slam. It turned out to be all the runs the Phillies needed in a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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