Reds’ Brandon Phillips now has a place in history
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In the 20-plus hours since Brandon Phillips was thrown out at first to end Roy Halladay’s no-hitter, that final out has been replayed on TV oh, probably a billion times.
And this is just the start, said Phillips’ manager, Dusty Baker, who has experience in these matters. Baker was an outfielder with the Dodgers when he grounded to third to end Nolan Ryan’s last National League no-hitter. That was 29 seasons ago, but Baker said he stills sees replays of that at-bat.
‘That’s a bad feeling when you’re about to touch first base and see the first baseman reaching for the ball and you’re facing the reality that you’re out,’ said Baker, whose Cincinnati Reds need a win over the Phillies on Friday in Philadelphia to even their National League Division Series. ‘I just told Brandon, just like me, I’ve seen that Nolan Ryan no-hitter about 72 times. And Brandon’s going to see that [Halladay at-bat] probably the rest of his life.’
-- Kevin Baxter in Philadelphia