Macho Row: The 1993 Phillies and Baseball's Unwritten Code

Macho Row: The 1993 Phillies and Baseball's Unwritten Code

Macho Row: The 1993 Phillies and Baseball's Unwritten Code

Macho Row: The 1993 Phillies and Baseball's Unwritten Code


Colorful, shaggy, and unkempt, misfits and outlaws, the 1993 Phillies played hard and partied hard. Led by Darren Daulton, John Kruk, Lenny Dykstra, and Mitch Williams, it was a team the fans loved and continue to love today. Focusing on six key members of the team, Macho Row follows the remarkable season with an up-close look at the players' lives, the team's triumphs and failures, and what made this group so unique and so successful.

With a throwback mentality, the team adhered to baseball's Code. Designed to preserve the moral fabric of the game, the Code's unwritten rules of the game formed the bedrock of this diehard team whose players paid homage and respect to the game at all times. Trusting one another and avoiding ideas of superstardom, they consistently rubbed the opposition the wrong way and didn't care. William C. Kashatus pulls back the covers on this old-school band of brothers, depicting the highs and lows and their brash style while also digging into the suspected steroid use of players on the team. Macho Row is a story of winning and losing, success and failure, and the emotional highs and lows that accompany them.


On Saturday evening, October 23, 1993, the Philadelphia Phillies were fighting for their baseball lives. Down three games to two in the World Series against the defending champion Toronto Blue Jays, the Phillies were clinging to a precarious 6–5 lead in Game Six.

Until now the Phillies had ridden the wave of a Cinderella season. the roguish band of veterans, rookies, and castoffs defied the experts by going from worst to first in the National League’s (NL) Eastern Division. Somehow they defeated the Atlanta Braves, the most feared team in baseball, in the National League Championship Series (NLCS). Now the Fightin’ Phils had taken the heavily favored Blue Jays to a sixth game in a world championship Series that they, if nobody else, believed was theirs to win.

It was the bottom of the ninth inning at Toronto’s SkyDome, and Mitch Williams, the Phils’ erratic closer, took the mound, determined to preserve the one-run lead and force a seventh and deciding game. Williams, nicknamed “Wild Thing” because his unpredictable pitching unnerved his teammates, recorded a club record forty-three saves that year. But after sixty-five regular-season appearances and six more in the postseason, his arm was hanging by a thread. Worse, Williams was coming off a devastating blown save (SV) in Game Four, a dreadful performance that elicited death threats from some deranged Phillies fans. Still, Phillies manager . . .

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