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Why I Love the Phillies

Why I Love the Phillies – Andrew

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, December 15, 2012 09:04 AM Comments: 0

I love the Phillies because it is common conversation in my family growing up. One more thing to build a stronger family around. They also provided me with a topic for soda tab chain mail that I made. Which can be seen if you goggle “3000 soda tab Phillies jersey“.

Phillies Drink Tab shirt

- Andrew

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Why I Love the Phillies – Laura

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, December 08, 2012 09:03 AM Comments: 2

The story of the Phillies and my fandom is called Phifty Shades of Red. I’m 44, and have been following the Phillies since I could talk.

I recall many summers with my radio listenening to games from the West Coast when staying with my grandfather into the wee hours. This was in the 70s, and I kept a log of all the games with highlights, and computed my own statistics long before the Internet came along. I was a prodigy to my grandfather’s buddies, as we would discuss Lefty, Michael Jack, and my all-time favorite player, the fiery Larry Bowa, who I had the fortune to meet several times, notably when he broke his thumb and we spotted him at the old King of Prussia Mall.

Why do I love them? I love baseball, the smell of the old Vet, the majesty of Citizens Bank Park, and the Phillies because they have a swagger and personality no other team has. I am a Philly girl at heart,even though I grew up in the suburbs. There are times they make me crazy, like early this year, but fifty shades of red…they are turning it around.

They have fire, spunk, and a real love of the game that transcends the teams built just for profit. My husband often threatens to pull the cable plug….but he knows from April to October, I rule the television. He is amazed that I DVR afternoon games.

In the end, like all great relationships, love is the answer!

- Laura

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Why I Love the Phillies – Jim

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, December 01, 2012 12:11 PM Comments: 0

I began following the Phillies in 1948. My best pal, my Uncle Joe introduced me to them and I was hooked. If Uncle Joe liked them they must be good…turns out they weren’t. But I didn’t care. I was 6 and had never seen a game, just heard Joe’s stories. He saw the Babe and Lou play, yet this Johnstown-born man wasn’t a Yankee fan, nor a Pirate follower. He moved to Harrisburg area in the late ’30s and followed the Phils from then until he passed away in 1959. So over 65 seasons I’ve agonized over the Phils but I do it because I know Uncle Joe is looking down on me and smiling because all these years and two World Series winners…and I still follow them. This was a thank you letter to my Uncle Joe.

- Jim

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Why I Love the Phillies – Amber

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, November 24, 2012 09:04 AM Comments: 5

I grew up in New England, where I was exposed to the Red Sox growing up. Unfortunately, I could never get excited about the team.

One day, back around 2004 or so, I was watching the Phillies on television and instantly fell in love with the team. They showed a great deal of heart and struck me as a team full of true winners, regardless of their win-loss record at the end of the season. Ever since that year, I’ve been following the team religiously.

When I started dating my boyfriend (now fiance) five and a half years ago, he began to love the team just as much as I do. Although it’s hard to take trips to Philadelphia, we’ve been to see the Phillies play at home two separate times and have seen them play five times in all (between the two of us). On top of everything, my fiance proposed to me at Citizens Bank Park this past week when he took me to a game for my birthday! It was one of the best moments of my life and made the Phillies and the park that much more special!

I don’t think I could ever love any other team as much as the Phillies!

- Amber

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Why I Love the Phillies – Vanessa

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, November 17, 2012 12:03 PM Comments: 0

I love the Phillies because they are so down to earth and just very warm-hearted guys and I think Charlie Manuel is a great coach. I dont really hear anything negative about the players and when I went to the Ryan Howard Celebrities Servers event, all the players that were there treated me and my family so nice. Ryan Howard even let my son say a few words at his event, which I thought was really cool and John Mayberry gave me a hug like we were family. Also, Hunter Pence, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley were so nice to my son that he still talks about his experience with meeting them all.

The Phillies are just genuinely nice guys and they contribute a lot to the community and that’s what I love about the Philles.

- Vanessa

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Why I Love the Phillies – Robert

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, November 09, 2012 09:03 AM Comments: 1

I love the Phillies because I grew up following the team. My late father was a Phillies’ fan and he was very excited when they were finally having a great season in 1950. He listened to the radio (and later TV) broadcasts of every game that took place when he wasn’t at work. I started rooting along as well, even though I was very young in 1950 (I was in the second grade).

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Why I Love the Phillies – James

Posted by Brian Michael, Sun, November 04, 2012 03:04 PM Comments: 5

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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Why I Love the Phillies – Jim

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, October 26, 2012 09:05 AM Comments: 0

My love of the Phillies was passed down from both my grandfathers. My dad’s dad was an Italian immigrant who came to America in the early 20′s. He settled in Philly and told me in his broken English how he started to follow the Phillies and go to Connie Mack Stadium. He said he could see both the A’s and the Phillies there. He passed his passion for the Phils to my dad. I can remember sitting in my grandfather’s kitchen listening to By Saam on he old radio he had while my grandmother made homemade pasta.

My mom’s dad was a shot and a beer Irishman who always had a pony of Schmidt’s and some Irish whiskey on the table–again listening to Bill Campbell call the games. I can remember going to game at Connie Mack in the late 70′s with the Cub Scouts. I was fortunate to see a lot of games at the Vet. A good friend of my dad’s was a sports writer and he would take his boys and my brother and I to the Vet. We would cheer for Dick Allen and I liked Deron Johnson because we shared the same birthday. I’ve passed my love of the Phightins to my three daughters. New players, two World Series wins in my lifetime and lots of family memories. That’s why I love the Phillies!

- Jim

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Why I Love the Phillies – Mike

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, October 19, 2012 09:03 AM Comments: 4

I was an 8 year old growing up in Chicago when my dad took me to a Cubs/Phillies doubleheader in 1950. The Cubs stunk, even back then, but none of them would sign my scorecard. Seeing my disappointment, my dad took me over to the Phillies side between games and when the teams came back out, one of the Phillies (none of whom I knew), saw my outstretched hand and stopped to sign my scorecard. He looked down at me and asked if I was a Phillie fan? I gasped “Yes Sir!” That Phillie was Robin Roberts and today, 62 years later, I am still a Phillie Phanatic. Anyone who says professional athletes are not role models, just ask me.

- Mike

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Why I Love the Phillies – Barry

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, October 12, 2012 08:51 AM Comments: 2

I guess my story is different to most Phillies fans. As a soccer and cricket loving Englishman, I’d never seen a baseball game until I stumbled across the Phillies when I was in Philadelphia for a convention in 1992. Though the Phillies finished last in the NL East in ’92 they won all three games I saw at the Vet and the whole experience left me wanting more. My wife and I returned in ’93 and the rest is history. As a rookie baseball fan you couldn’t help but be reeled in by that ’93 team and they still remain my favourite Phillies team to this day. A great bunch of characters.

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