VIERA, Fla. - Eric Bruntlett will always own a small chunk of Phillies history. After entering Game 5 of the 2008 World Series as a pinch-runner, he scored what would be the winning run to finish off the Tampa Bay Rays. A celebration ensued.
But Bruntlett had just 105 at-bats last year. Partly as a result, he batted .171. He was quietly released at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with the Nationals over the winter. It didn't surprise him that he had to move on.