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.