Much like Jayson Werth, there was very little known about Greg Dobbs when he arrived in Philadalphia. Handpicked by Pat Gillick, who knew him from his days with Seattle, Dobbs arrived with no fanfare. However, he quickly made his presence known during spring training, where he was nicknamed “The Natural.”
In 2007, Dobbs proved to be a valuable asset to the team by becoming a solid left-handed bat off the bench and filling the void that was third base. When 2008 came around, Dobbs was once again the primary left-handed hitting bench player, but by now he solidified his spot as one of the top pinch hitters in all of baseball.
On the season, Dobbs would hit .355, with two home runs and 16 RBIs. He also set a Phillies single season record with pinch hits (22), passing former Phil Doc Miller, who collected 20 pinch-hits way back in 1913.
One of his hits off the bench, however, came on a Saturday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, and it is our 6th biggest moment of the 2008 regular season.
The Phillies had taken an early lead against Braves starter Mike Hampton, and with Cole Hamels on the mound, the stage was set for an easy win.
But things didn’t turn out that way, as an uncharacteristically bad fourth inning by Cole, combined with two errors in the field, left the Phillies buried in a 9-3 hole.
Of course, these are the Phillies, and there is a reason they are called The Fightins. And in the fifth, they would show why.
With three straight hits to load the bases, Atlanta brought in lefty Royce Ring to face Ryan Howard, who promptly singled to cut the lead to four runs. After a sacrifice fly by Burrell and a single by Chris Coste, the Phillies found themselves trailing by two runs with Dobbs coming to the plate.
And with two runners on, Greg Dobbs showed a national audience what he did best: He launched a 1-2 pitch deep into the second deck in right field, giving the Phillies the 10-9 lead, which would go on to be the final score of the game.
After the jump, take a look at Dobbs’ monster shot…
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