In the midst of this moment, the passionate fan base of the Philadelphia Phillies is frustrated.
It’s getting close to the world championships and it’s normal to feel upset.
The Phillies did an amazing job during the post-season, falling in six games against the Houston Astros. This is not a news flash. Everyone knows this.
But now that some time has passed, the rush of the Phyllis family seems even more surprising and unexpected.
While only one team wins a trophy – which is what you should always play for – there is a lot to celebrate here.
If anyone sees this coming, please move forward. The Wild Card tour against the St. Louis Cardinals might have been predictable.
When the Phillies defeated the reigning world champions Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship and then knocked out the San Diego Padres in the National League Championship Series, the city of Philadelphia was filled with excitement.
He didn’t defeat the Eagles and it didn’t matter at the moment. Phillies had it all.
While driving down the street in any neighborhood, Phyllis flags were waving. But back in early September when the Phillies family were struggling, fans weren’t exactly flocking to Citizens Bank Park.
Once the Phillies hit a ticket this last regular season in Houston, there were still plenty of doubts in the city.
The city rejoiced when Velez started qualifying and had the chance to win the title for the first time since the magical race of 2007-11. In ’08, this resulted in a military parade.
It was heartbreaking to watch the Astros go away with three straight wins to claim their second title since 2017.
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Callers at the local sports talk radio were outraged by manager Rob Thompson for pulling Zack Wheeler after 70 shots. They were angry at Jose Alvarado for letting him run on his turf to Jordan Alvarez. Do you remember how bad Alvarado was at the start of the season? They were angry at Nick Castellanos and Rhys Hoskins for not producing in those last three losses.
They were angry with manager Joe Girardi and rightly so. But will she go from 22-29 to Rob Thompson to the world championship? That seemed extreme.
All reactions are normal.
Let’s take a step back now that some time has passed.
This run is unpredictable. There is no trophy and no parade, but there is plenty of hope for the future.
If the list is modified the right way, there could easily be more deep paths. Paging Trea Turner on the first line…
Followed by a championship.
In early September, none of this seemed a distinct possibility.
“I knew Philly was a really good sports city coming here, but to be able to experience it, it’s a completely different animal,” Wheeler said after the recent loss to the Astros. “The fans love their sports. They are 100 percent behind us. When we do something bad, they tell us and that’s totally fine. We have to pick it up when that happens, but I love these fans and it was so fun to be on that journey with them.”
The trip didn’t end with a title, but it was worth looking back fondly. With all the moving parts in Spring Training and beyond, this was really unexpected.
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