Ranking the five least likely 2020 MLB postseason heroes

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 19: Randy Arozarena #56 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates a home run during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 19, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 19: Randy Arozarena #56 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates a home run during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 19, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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The Tampa Bay Rays are thankful Brett Phillips was able to come through with the biggest hit of his career, when they needed it most.
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(2) Brett Phillips, Tampa Bay Rays

On Saturday, Brett Phillips offered the most memorable moment of the 2020 MLB Postseason. Phillips, in his first-ever World Series at-bat, delivered a wild walk-off winner.

Phillips was acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays at the end of August, simply to add defensive depth. His story perfectly symbolizes the definition of an unlikely postseason hero. A role player is given an opportunity to shine and truly delivers when it matters most.

Phillips wasn’t on the Rays’ ALCS roster. He hadn’t had an at-bat since October 7th and has never recorded a single postseason hit.

But, in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 4 of the World Series, with two on and two out, down one run, and potentially falling to a massive 3-1 series deficit to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Phillips delivered.

It was no ordinary walk-off either. Down to his final strike, Phillips delivered a single to right-center. It required some questionable defensive blunders by Los Angeles, but both runs scored and the Rays walked it off.

And despite Phillips representing the perfect embodiment of an unlikely postseason hero, this number one spot on this list has already been taken.