Phillies and Braves: A Fitting Foe, Part 3

With the history of Veterans Stadium winding down, PBN takes a look back at classic games between the Braves and Phillies at The Vet. Today's edition is the final installment of our three-part series chronicling the greatest games between these two at the Vet.

Game six of the 1993 World Series may have been the second most significant and momentous game in the 33-year history of Veterans Stadium. The Phillies had the Braves on the edge of elimination, and their foot was in the doorway to the World Series. All that mattered in the final game of the '93 NLCS was a victory, and the Phillies delivered in dramatic fashion.

The city of Philadelphia embraced the 1993 Phillies like no other sports team in the city's history and a sold out Veterans Stadium was ready to rock in game six. Tommy Greene, who was rocked around in game two of this series sought revenge at the hands of Atlanta. Much like the rest of this series, game six was back and forth right from the start.

Darren Daulton opened the scoring with a third inning double, and the Phillies owned a two to nothing lead until the fifth inning. Greene had electric stuff all night long and kept the Phillies in this ballgame, only surrendering three runs off five hits in six innings of work. The bullpen, which kept this team in games all season long, was especially strong on this mid-October night.

The Braves while eventually falling in the series, would not go quietly, as they scratched their way to two runs in the top of the seventh, which pulled them within three runs, but they would never get that many across the plate.

When Mitch Williams made his way to the mound in the ninth inning, he was his usual wild self. Many Phillies fans could barely watch the ninth inning, but in the end it worked out perfect for the Phightins. In perhaps one of the most thrilling moments in franchise history Williams struck out Bill Pecota to send Philadelphia to it's third World Series in franchise history.

Mitch Williams was the hero of this game, and the image of him leaping into the air, and then into the arms of catcher Darren Daulton is one of the most memorable photographs in the history of Veterans Stadium.

Although the Phillies would go on to lose the '93 World Series, the contests between the Phillies and Braves in the National League Championship series provided fans with some of the most wonderful memories in the storied history of the building. It is quite fitting that the same two teams that gave us a reprieve after 9/11, and the Champaign laden celebrations of 1993, are the same two clubs who will close the doors of Veterans Stadium forever.

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