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Why I Love the Phillies

Why I Love the Phillies – David

While I love all Philadelphia sports teams, there is something about the Phillies that speak to my soul. Back in the late 1980s my father purchased the Sunday partial season ticket plan. Now, of course, at the time the Phillies were horrible. Despite this, I came to love them anyway.

Sundays after church in the summer were always about going up to the Vet and sitting in the blistering sun. Like church, from an early age I came to the opinion that you never, never leave a game early. The only time I’ve ever left a game early has been when I was dependent on others for rides. I was lucky enough to be at the Vet in 1993 when the Phils beat the Braves to clinch the pennant. It was the greatest feeling I ever had, until 2008, when I was lucky again: I was at Citizens Bank Park for Game 5. I remember being at the Parade and it was a gorgeous fall day. I felt that God was telling all Phillies fans that we had to suffer through the years of horrible seasons, Joe Carter, and several rainy World Series games to really appreciate it all.

One of my most treasured possessions is the framed cover of the Philadelphia Inquirer and ticket stub from Game 5 of the ’08 World Series. It’s in my room at home. When things are less than perfect, it reminds that there are moments in life that can give us so much joy. The Phillies do that for me.

– David

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. brooks

    February 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Sweet memories David..

  2. brewer fan jason

    February 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Phillies spring training left me with a good memory.while visiting clearwater I took my 3yr old son to Phillies camp.while watching bp from behind the plate Steve lerud came to his equipment bag to grab a bat and I politely asked him if he could spare a ball for my son.
    And that it would be his first ball ever.

    he grabbed a ball and went out of his way to come around the fence to give it to him.as my son held the ball with a smile on his face he said to Mr.lerud “can I have your bat too??!!”all of the fans and a couple other players got a good laugh out of that.as we headed out I saw yuniesky betancourt in the lf corner.I told him we liked him as our Ss in Milwaukee and we are fans of his and he gave another baseball to my son who smiled ear to ear.players like these two are what keeps the fans supporting the game.guys going out of their way to make a kid happy keeps many fans loving their experiences with their teams.a huge thanks to Steve lerud and yuniesky betancourt.both of these guys just earned a couple more fans from Milwaukee!!

  3. Righteous Robert

    February 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I was at Game 6 of the 1980 World Series
    and pretty much walked home that night to Oaklyn, NY as a couple
    drove me over the Walt Witman Bridge and I walked about 6 miles.
    I was at Game 4 of the 1983 Championship Series.
    I consider the above Two Games the Greatest Ever at the VET.
    I attended Games 3 and 4 of the 1983 World Series.
    I snuck into Game 5 in the 8th inning of the 1993 World Series – the 2-0 win.
    I also was at Game 3 of the 2009 World Series. $50 standing room.
    I became a LifeTime Phan Clan Member in 1989/1990.
    That entitled me to Playoff tickets after Season Ticket people and before the
    General Public but the Phillies Front Office kinda Reniged.
    Its like I have to prove the fact a few different times.
    The cost was only $25. I thought of it as a No Brainer.

    Well I started as a Phillies Phan in 1964 or 50 years ago next year.

    Reparations for Vietnam Vets
    Baltimore Bob

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