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Crowd Making Impact On Games

When Shane Victorino hit his grand slam last night, Citizens Bank Park erupted with its loudest cheer yet. Victorino summed it up in one word:

“Excitement. It was just the excitement in the air.”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist Michael Hunt compared the crowd to the 1988 World Series:

You should’ve heard the record crowd of 46,208 at Citizens Bank Park. They were screaming as if it were Kirk Gibson against Dennis Eckersley.

I was in the crowd last night, and it was the most deafening crowd experience of my life. Without a doubt, there’s nothing fans love more than an effort, and Myers put his working boots on. Once he worked the crowd to 2-and-2, we took off. Each roar built on from the last. By the time Myers worked a full count, we were creating a wave of white while blasting our voices higher than ever. Myers’ legendary at bat should fall into Phillie lure, and some of that is due to the crowd.

I do believe we helped to unravel Sabathia, and once Victorino homered, our cause had been rewarded. It’s funny how baseball works. Funny how a succession of moments can play out. If you have a screaming, nutty band of thousands behind you to provide the soundtrack, it’s usually a grand succession. It sure was last night.

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