Bryce Harper sends Phillies to World Series with late 2-run HR (0:29)

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The World Series begins with a welcome to the series from BryceHarper.

One of the biggest home runs in franchise history was hit by the star outfielder who was brought in three years ago to turn around a team that was stuck in mediocrity.

He carried his team on his back, putting together a dominant playoff run, and his long ball made sure it wasn't over.

The series' Most Valuable Player is hitting.409 with five home runs, six doubles and 11 runs in 11 playoff games. Everyone remembers his home run on Sunday.

The first 6-seed to reach a World Series is a new accomplishment for baseball.

On a windy, sometimes misty afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, the star-laden roster thundered to life as the final team in the National League to end what had been the second-longest playoff streak in the majors.

"I think our team is built for October, I really do," he said after the fourth game. I think we have three good starting pitchers and a great relief team. The two guys down there can go two-plus for us in the 8th and 9th. Our lineups are 1 through 9. The young guys have been great for us. They stepped up and our vets did the same.

The team's stars have been leading the way in October, just as the owner hoped when he said he was going to spend money in free agency. The club signedHarper.

He had delivered a clutch performance before his heroics. Wheeler, signed as a free agent before the 2020 season, was one of the Game 5 stars with another outstanding start, allowing two runs over six-plus frames after winning the series opener. Kyle Schwarber had a big NLCS, with three home runs and six runs scored, while he was with the Cubs.

Just as he did in Game 4 when he hit two home runs, homegrown first baseman Rhys Hoskins once again delivered a clutch home run that gave the home crowd a lift. After Schwarber drew a two-out walk off Yu Darvish in the second, Hoskins got ahead with a three-bagger.

He hadn't hit a home run all season on a 2-0 count, but he unloaded on a Darvish cutter and slammed it into the left-center seats for his fifth home run of the playoffs.

The Phillies lost 96 games in a season in which they had a player in the majors for the first time. He has heard a lot about the 2008 World Series champion. There are photos on the walls of the concourses at Citizens Bank Park and the former stars have thrown out the first pitches. He is aware of what 2008 was like.

He said after the fourth game that it felt like they were living it. The red towels are loud. It's just the entire scene. You can feel the electricity building as soon as you step on the field. I don't have enough. I want more of it.

Since late July, the team has gone 27-9 and is now at home in the playoffs.

Since 1969 the six teams that have reached the World Series after a managerial change are: the Yankees, Mets, Cubs, Dodgers and Padres. Rob Thomson took over as bench coach of the Philadelphians on June 2nd.

The president of baseball operations said at the time that he thought the team could make the playoffs. We have a chance to battle back to do that. I think that's true.

Thomson, a former minor league player and coach, had been a long time coach under Joe Torre and then Joe Girardi with the Yankees before he was hired by the Philadelphia organization. When the baseball lifer was promoted, he immediately turned things around, winning his first eight games and going 18-8 the rest of the way.

"Our manager has a really good ability to keep things going, to keep things going the right way," saidHarper after Game 4 "Never panics, never sit there and think, oh, I need to move this guy or I need to move this guy." I think he thinks in his players. It makes you a better player when you have a manager that believes in you and an organization that believes in you.

The first game of the wild-card series was a nail-biter, as the Phils beat the Cards 4-3. The Philadelphians scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to come from behind and win 6-3.

Nick Castellanos said that the game set the tone for the rest of the game. Our lineup can score runs in bunches when we get going, that's a reminder.

They beat the Braves in four games in the division series, asHarper went 8-for-16 with two home runs and five runs. The final two games of that series were won by them.

Against the Padres, Wheeler dominated in a 2-0 victory in the first game, but the Phils blew a four-run lead in the second game and fell behind early in the fourth game before coming back to win 10-6).

There was a rally to win the game.

After the fourth game, Hoskins said that the group was a resilient one. "Doing it on the stage we're in right now should give us all the confidence in the world that no matter the lead, no matter when it is, we feel like we have a chance," he said. That is an outstanding thing to have.