I remember Urbina well...he caused the departure of both Placido Polonco AND Ed Wade and possibly delayed the Phils arrival as a NL East powerhouse by a couple of years. Oh, he was a workhorse, no doubt about that, pitched in 81 games in 2005, including the last 6 in the team's failed attempt to corral a wild card berth in the NL.
But the game I will always recall was on the final Monday night of the season, Phils a mere 1 game behind Houston for the wild card lead and with a favorable last week schedule, 6 games against the then mediocre Mets and Nats, 3 at home, 3 on the road. Not only that, the team was becoming an offensive juggernaut, they had scored double digit runs in 7 of the last 16 games. The lineup, featuring Rollins, Utley, Howard, Burrell, Abreu, Lieberthal and near HOFer James Lofton was at the top of their game. Momentum was growing, expectations were high.
Anyhow, on that Monday night, Brett Myers pitched 7 solid innings and the Phils took a 5-2 lead into the 8th inning. With another near HOFer Billy Wagner ready to close it out in the 9th all Urbina had to do was get through the 8th. He didn't. 4 hitters, 3 hits, 4 runs later, the Phils were stunned to be trailing 6-5 and lost the game. I recall the stunned responses here on this site and Urbina, who was never very popular because the Phils traded the popular and talented Polonco to Detroit for the reliever, was cast as the villain. The Phils, lethargic and downcast, lost the next night 3-2, before rebounding and winning their final 4 games to finish 88-74. It was to no avail as the Astros finished at 89-73. Of course it did not help that Ed Wade had traded Polonco for Urbina because he favored David Bell at 3rd base and it was Bell who had made a 2 out, no one on in the 9th inning a week early against the Stros that eventually led to a 2 out, 2 strike home run by Craig Biggio which turned a 6-5 victory into an 8-6 loss.
When the season ended ownership felt that Wade had to go and brought in Pat Gillick, who would bring the team 3 strong seasons, 2 playoff berths and of course a World Series title. I have little doubt Wade would have survived had the Phils made the playoffs IN 2005 and that team might have done some damage in the playoffs, they were a very strong club.
As for Urbina, while he did get in trouble with the law during the off season there was no way the Phils were bringing him back the next year. That Monday night loss stung the organization deeply and in fact carried over into 2006, culminating in Gillick making several moves, including dealing Abreu for nothing. The 2006 team finished strong and by 2007 they were on their way to the best 5 year stretch in Phillie history.
One wonders how things might have changed for Urbina, Wade, Abreu and GIllick had UU held that 5-2 lead entering the 8th inning of that ultimately ill fated game in 2005.