Not only have I, a young-at-heart 56-year old Pennsylvania native who has lived in California for the last 33 years of my life, grown up listening to, watching, reading about and talking about the Phillies, but so did my mother and her mother before her – all Philadelphia natives (go Richie Ashburn!). I truly look forward to watching the Phillies game every day (I must do that with MLB.com now, since for some reason California TV stations don’t show the daily Phillies games!), but at least I have that — there was a long period of time when I first moved out here in 1979 where I could only read the scores in the daily paper, as that thing called the “internet” had not yet taken hold.
My bad timing, of course, is that I moved out here the year BEFORE the Phillies had that wonderful World Series victory (go Tug McGraw!!). Larry Bowa was my favorite – I still love him! I am surrounded by Angels and Dodgers fans, but once a Phillies fan, always a Phillies fan – there’s no way I could (or would ever want) to change my allegiance. My fellow employees know it – I have my “Go Phillies” rock man on my desk and the Phllies page featuring Mike Schmidt from last year’s MLB wall calendar on my wall (so graciously given to me by a Dodger’s fan!). There are no fans like Philllies fans – we enjoy the great times and have faith through the rougher times, but we always know the joy is more in the journey than the end result (mostly!). Go Phillies!!! P.S. And thank you for Phillies Nation – it keeps us “out-of-staters” so close to the action!