In the bottom of the ninth inning of game four of the 2020 World Series, Tampa Bay Rays’ Brett Phillips came up to the plate as a pinch hitter for Ji-Man Choi. He was looking to be a hero, whether that meant extending their half of the inning, tying the game at seven runs, or evening the series up at two wins apiece. With the count at 1-2, Phillips would line a 92 mph offering from Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen into right, center field. A couple of Dodgers’ defensive misplays later, Kevin Kiermaier and Randy Arozarena (miraculously) had scored, giving Phillips the walk-off hit. Although the Rays ended up losing the World Series 4-2, Phillips did win the 2020 MLB Legendary Moments Award less than two weeks later.
In a post-game interview with Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, an ecstatic Phillips was asked, “It took you several minutes to gather yourself just now. What happened”?
Phillips would answer with, “I’m having a hard time putting my emotions into words. First of all, what a great team effort on this win. It took almost twenty-eight guys. That’s what’s special about this team, just all come together for one goal is to win. We don’t rely on one guy. It takes everyone, and, man, baseball is fun. Wow”.