Why I Love the Phillies – James

Posted by Brian Michael, Sun, November 04, 2012 03:04 PM | Comments: 5
Fun Stuff, Why I Love the Phillies

I grew up in Central PA and have been a Phillies fan almost my whole life. My first real memories were the ’64 collapse and Richie (call me Dick) Allen winning rookie of the year.

When I was 8 years old I was watching the Yankees (hey i was only eight) on a Sunday afternoon. It was 1963 so I guess a pretty good year to be a Yankee fan, I believe they won 104 games that year and swept the Dodgers in the World Series. Well anyway my dad always spent his Sundays at the American Legion and would usually come home about half-snockered.

Well, this Sunday afternoon was no different. He walks in the living room says “ya got the ballgame on, good.” He sits down and hears the voice of the hated Phil Rizutto. calling the Yankee game. He says “why are you watching the @#$%$ New York Yankees on my television.” I thought “ah, oh here we go” cause he seemed serious as hell. Then in the same serious tone he says, “boy, you wanna be a Yankee fan, you gotta move outta my house.” Well I was scared and had no place to go, so immediately switched over to Channel 16 the Scranton-Wilkes Barre ABC affiliate that carried the Phillies on Sunday afternoons. Needless to say, I became a Phillies fan at that moment and had a lot of heartbreaking seasons until 1980 but it was worth it. Go Phightins.

- James

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  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Dodgers swept the Yankees in 1963 World Series.

  • Posts: 0 George

    Of all thse “Why I love the Phillies” postings, I find this one the most intriguing because it speaks about so much more than just baseball (If one reads between the lines). My first reaction was that it was ironically humorous that you were somewhat forced to root for the Phils, but that immediately changed to a kind of disgust that you were, indeed, forced.

    It’s truly pathetic what some people can do to a formative mind by being half drunk, or by making outrageous statements an 8 year old can’t possibly take any way but literally.

    I applaud your openess here, and I am certainly glad you found the positive outlet of the Phils, who weren’t even very positive at the time.

    I also suppose that your father wasn’t a bad guy, just a little stupid while intoxicated, because you yourself seem to have come through those post American Legion episodes pretty well.

  • Posts: 5434 Lefty

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    Wow, that is some story James. I hope your later life has treated you, your children, and their children well.

  • Posts: 0 chuck schreiber

    As far as his language and feelings for the Yanks, are you sure it wasn’t my dad stopping by to visit.

  • Posts: 0 len c

    james i also loved the yankees because i was there all the time because of my relatives that lived there. my first yankee game in 1959 also was old tim ers day. bob turley shut out the a s,and roger maris started in rightfield for k c.

    i do want to add though that the yankees were swept by the dodgers.

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