Happy Thanksgiving From Phillies Nation! – Phillies Nation

Happy Thanksgiving From Phillies Nation!

Everyone here at Phillies Nation would like to wish our readers, friends, and family, those titles not mutually exclusive, a very Happy Thanksgiving!

2012 was another fantastic year for Phillies Nation – and we could not have done it without everyone involved. As you enjoy your favorite holiday pastime with friends and family, we wanted to share our Phillies-related thanks and invite you to add your own!

Pat Gallen, Editor-in-Chief: I’m thankful for Phillies Nation and all of our incredible readers and fans. I’m also thankful that the Phillies give us something good to talk about every year, no matter if it’s in-season or offseason.

Corey Seidman: I’m thankful the Phillies got a deal done with Cole Hamels. I’m thankful Cliff Lee rebounded in the second half and I’m thankful that the 2013 Phillies will look much different than the 2012 Phillies.

Eric Seidman: I’m thankful the Phillies re-signed Jimmy Rollins to a very reasonable contract and he put together another terrific season.

Jay Floyd: I am thankful for one of the most outstanding broadcast duos in all of major sports, the Phillies radio team of Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen. The pair offers a unique candor that is unmatched by other broadcasters. With the annoyance levels of so many commentary teams throughout sports growing each year, Franzke and “LA” keep things fresh, honest and enjoyable at all times.

Ian Riccaboni: I am thankful to have a platform to engage with everyone about a great franchise. Very thankful for all of our readers, commenters, and friends of the blog who supported us before I contributed and who continue to support us now.

Ryan Dinger: I’m thankful for a Phillies team that was chock full of likeable, easy-to-root-for players, despite a mediocre season. And also for this team’s relevance. If this team had a start like they had this season ten years ago, most fans would have checked out by late May. But Philadelphia stuck through the tough times with them and seems to have rekindled its passion for Phillies baseball. That’s a beautiful thing. I’m also thankful to be writing for such a great blog with so many knowledgeable contributors and readers. It makes for engaging and entertaining discussions.

Kieran Carobine: I am thankful the Phillies resigned the right guys and that they have the kind of GM that doesn’t accept mediocracy.  I am also thankful they always fuel that ‘what if’ conversation.

Amanda Orr: I’m thankful for the Phillies and baseball in general. Life would be weird without them.

Jonathan Nisula: I’m thankful that the Phillies have a GM and owner that care about making the fans happy by winning rather than just putting butts in the seats and making money.

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  1. brooks

    November 22, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone as well – I too am grateful for this site, the writers, contributors and the ones who like to stir the pot once in a while – it keeps the blood flowing.
    I hope everyone has had sufficient warm ups for eating, the eatin gets serious starting today!

  2. Lefty

    November 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

    What a great holiday! Feasting, family, feasting, football, more feasting, nap, and then….a little feasting to top it off. If only we had baseball, it would be perfect.

    Actually, there is some if you have MLB network. At 1:00 they’re showing a 90 minute recap of the ’93 series. If you can stomach Joe Carter blasting Mitch Williams one more time! I think I’ll just watch the first 80 minutes or so. Wouldn’t want to ruin the feasting.

    I’m thankful to Brian Michael for creating this fun place to keep up with all things Phillies, and to my family, and all my friends. Have a great holiday everyone.

  3. Ken Bland

    November 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Firstly, Happy Thanksgiving back, and around the readership as well.

    Hmm, Phillies related thanks. Ya know, in a mere matter of most recent soul searching, I can’t really specify anything current that develops a warm and fuzzy feeling that dwarfs a much longer term deal. Strangely, winning times for whatever reason bring about a little more spunk in the cold and t the holiday dinner table, and maybe it has something to do with getting older and more reflective, but I find myself going back. A way back just by the simple mention of wehat are you thankful for Phils related..

    What I’m thankful for is that forever ago, for whatever reason, there was some unquestioned connection between my personality, and the passion within and the game of baseball. This was replaced by basketball for a period over the years, but fandom for now over 50 years now with Doubleday’s concoxshun makes me look back and humbly thank whover and however it happened for the experience. A great many of the highlight moments are Phillies related, a good many from the recent few years. So I’m thankful for the local connection, and the historic things I watched which have made it particularly personal. Frankly ,in a silly way it’d be a little too easy to say it’s NOT the love affair of my life when there are some pretty unique things about the experiences I’ve shared with the Phils. Like Chris Russo said, “Every little boy needs a baseball team and a rock band.” Well, I’ve got mine, and I’m thankful for it. For a long time now.

    As a wise man once said around these parts, “Let’s Go Eat..

    • Ken Bland

      November 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      So here we are a mere minutes from what Wall and Main Streets intersect at with Black Friday. Clearly, those sunscribing to that name for it never lived through the real Black Friday when Greg Luzinski misplayed a fly ball in the playoffs versus the Dodgers, and is still called that to this day. Even Ernie Banks wouldn’t have answered the weather that day with his common “let’s play two” chant.

      Not that any of that has to do with refining my rather general thing to be thankful for Phiollies wise. Here’s another stan at it, this time more specific, with examples more from recent yearsd than the just concluded season.

      You’ll recall the trade deadline portion of the 2009 season. For about 2 weeks, the hot rumor was the Phils were going to pluck Harry LeRoy Halladay from the Toronto organeyezation. Didn’t happen at that time. Some 3 plus years after that, I just found out recently that the reasonthe deal didn’t go down at that time was because Tornoto had already turned sour on GM JP Riccardi, and wasn’t going to allow him to be the one to make the Halladay deal. So the Phils pursued Clifton Phifer Lee instead, and of course Cliff immediately responded with a Friday night gem in San Fransisco, and the rest of the back to back World Series completion was in place.

      But this isn’t about Cliff, who like Doc later has sponsored many, many things to be thankful for. And had the Phils landed Doc then, maybe Cliff never comes here, but the fact in hand is that in acquiring Cliff and nobody else to offer rotation aid, it still left a void. Until Pedro was finally signed. Many great moments to be thankful for, many great players in rd pinstripes to be thankful for. But getting to weatch Pedro in a Phils uni before he was done was a tremendous privelege. Especially that Sunday night gem against the Mets when he might have been overextended, but he got the shutout completing on of the great nights in Phils history. Maybe that happens if the Doc deal was completed when it was first hot, maybe not.

  4. Brian Michael

    November 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I am thankful for all the people that make up Phillies Nation worldwide. It feels like family.

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