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A mighty wind-fall

Hurricane Isabel blew into the NL wild-card race Thursday, but it was Jim Thome that took the Marlins by storm.

Updated: September 23, 2003, 4:10 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- If the Phillies find themselves in a playoff game (or 12) next month, Thursday's game will still be swirling around their brains, the way the winds of Hurricane Isabel swirled around their ballpark.

When an $85-million man hits a game-winning home run in a hurricane, it tends to stick in people's brains.

When a routine pop-up blows 100 feet out into right field and then bounces off the glove, and then the wrist, and then the grasping fingers of the first baseman ...

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