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Why I Love the Phillies – Mary

Each Friday, we will post a reader story from our “Why I Love the Phillies” contest.

Why I love the Phillies, well it’s quite simple. I love the Phillies because it’s a major connection to my family and from where my family came from.

My everyone in my family has been devoted Phillies fans since 1918, the year that my grandfather, Anthony, was born. He grew up loving the Phillies and this carried over into his adult life. Many of his twenty-seven grandchildren remember the days where Pop Pop Tony would take them to a Phillies game when they were children and they cherish those memories forever. Some of us, including me, weren’t blessed with such memories though, since he developed Alzheimer’s and was eventually placed in a nursing home. I was about five years old when my Pop Pop Tony passed away, but I was always told by my older brothers or my parents how much he loved Philadelphia and the Phillies, so I developed that same love.

The Phillies are the main source of conversation between, my brothers, cousins, and I. Even though we live all the way down in North Carolina, miles and miles away from the Philadelphia we love, we all still try to make it to a game down at Turner Field to watch the Phillies stomp the Braves, and we’ve never been dissatisfied with them whether they win or lose.

– Mary

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  1. BART SHART

    September 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

    You make some great points, Mary. My family has a lot of the same values and connections. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Dave P

    September 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Yeah, I can agree with this. It was always great when I got to sit down with my 93 year old grandmother and watch the phillies. She was so into the phillies, always cheering “Come on shane!”, calling each player a “bum” if he failed to produce a hit. It provided an easy way to connect with her and spend time with her. She passed away a month ago, and in a very fitting fashion, was buried with her favorite things – a picture of her husband, and a phillies cap.

  3. Ken Bland

    September 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    “My everyone in my family has been devoted Phillies fans since 1918, the year that my grandfather, Anthony, was born. He grew up loving the Phillies and this carried over into his adult life. Many of his twenty-seven grandchildren remember the days where Pop Pop Tony would take them to a Phillies game when they were children and they cherish those memories forever”

    The subject is why you love the Phillies, and this comment goes a long way to discussing that.
    But myself, when I read this, I totally lost interest in why you lover the Phillies, distracted by the heritage of an ardent Phillies fan who raised countless kids and hung with geez, 27 grandkids as Phillies fans, as opposed to A’s fans in a then 2 team town. You still can find samples of infor and sentiment about the Philly A’s, but there’s potentially a tremendous amount of not so available history in this family, and that is very cool. The choice (s) to become Phillie fans instead of A’s followers is intruiging. They best hope they never meet me, because it will be one long conversation.

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  5. c schreiber

    September 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Mary, I think we must be related based on your comments. Wonderful and makes me think of my long departed, Philly loving dad.

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