2022 World Championships: Rhys Hoskins, Phyllis Appreciate the Ride

Houston – On September 26, Reese Hoskins She walked into Urban Outfitters in Chicago and bought three disposable cameras.

At that time, it was Phyllis The team was in free fall. They’ve lost three of their last seven games, and their control of third place in the Wild Card has been waning. Even if they held up and crept into the field after the extended season, the Phillies didn’t quite smell like a club capable of running in October.

But Hoskins sensed something in the air. So that day outside Chicago, while he and his dad were waiting in line to buy some clothes, he automatically grabbed those three cameras from a box next to the register.

“I think I had a feeling that something special was going to happen,” Hoskins said. “I wanted to capture as much of it as possible.”

The act of arresting him. Over the next few weeks, as the Phillies grabbed a post-season berth in Houston, he took the Wild Card series in St. Louis and gig brave At the NLDS, Hoskins brought his triple cameras every step of the way. From the club to the plane to the bus to the field, the club’s number one baseman in a long time has been going off and blinking whenever he felt compelled.

That was until I ran out of photos.

Hours into Game Four of the NLDS, Hoskins—his still-damp outfit from the team’s champagne celebration—was back into the bunker of the house and stared out onto the field. The sun had just set, but the night wasn’t cold yet. At that short stage between dusk and night, the sky was radiant with a soft bluish-gray color. Light pop music reverberated throughout the empty stadium. The players chatted with their families or took a stroll with their children. Bryce Harper He chased his son, Crowe, around the bases.

Looking at where the Phillies were earlier in the season, 22-29 when Joe Girardi was fired on June 3, it was an absolutely surreal sight. unimaginable. memorial worthy. So the first baseman turned his camera toward jubilation and pressed down, freezing the moment forever, before putting the disposable back into his pocket.

“one only?” Someone asked through the bunker.

“This is my last picture here,” Hoskins replied.

Phillies’ longest-serving hitter, the man who had passed six unrewarding and unsatisfactory seasons in the City of Brotherly Love before the season began, had already experienced more unforgettable memories than he had planned.

“I think I need to buy more.”

The Phillies celebrate heading to the World Championships for the first time since 2009

The Phillies celebrate heading to the World Championships for the first time since 2009

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate their progress to the World Championships by popping champagne and singing “Dance On My Own” by Calum Scott.


You can hear the losing locker room at the World Championships before you can see them. The crackle of dap-ups and hearty bro hugs, the crisp crack of open beer cans, the soft buzz of sweet and sour farewell. The mood is solemn, but grateful.

This scene was shown in the visiting locker room at Minute Maid Park Saturday night because at the most inopportune moment the hottest team on the planet froze. The spark ran out, the tank dried up, and there was only so much fairy dust in the air. A lineup full of free prostitutes has been revealed.

During the last 27 rounds of their season, the Phillies collected just 10 results and scored just three runs. All the feelings in the world mean nothing if you don’t hit baseball. What drowned the Phillies in games 4 and 5 drowned them again in game 6. HoustonTalented pitchers were pushed, and Philly’s talented pitchers had little to respond. Thus, the confetti were orange and navy.

Phillies 2022 was a strange set, of the good and weird kind. They were the most expensive underdog in baseball history. But somehow, this strange mix of world-famous stars who had just graduated from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs got together and made history. Not as much history as they had hoped, but history nonetheless.

However, there was a palpable sense of disappointment in the lost locker room. No matter how magical the journey may be, the end of the season can still be painful if you don’t reach the destination. Nick Castellanos He sat in his closet, staring into space. Hoskins wiped his tears as he addressed the media. Harper wore an all-black hat as if he was in mourning.

But in general, the energy was … estimated. Appreciate each other, appreciate what they have accomplished as a group, and appreciate how fun the trip was. Many players noted how much more fun it was to play the game they had known their whole life.

“It’s like baseball you’ve been playing your whole life but on steroids.” Phyllis Mask JT Realmoto explained. “It’s all more exciting. Winning is more fun, losing pain is so much more. All feelings are up and down and very extreme. But it’s the most fun I’ve ever had.”

Even in defeat, the Phyllis continued to enjoy themselves, albeit in a more conservative manner. Kyle Schwarber He gave a 10-minute interview with Coors Light tucked into the waistband of his slip-on shorts. And when the media began to filter, a group of guys gathered in a circle in the back corner of the room to drink alcohol, tell stories about the year and hold on to that feeling for as long as possible. Rebellion against the inevitable finale of the season.

One of the players sneered, “U Ferling”. “Remember when Pujols fell on that bat for you.”

Matt FerlingA St. Louis kid and a huge childhood fan, Pujols nodded.

“Man, that bat fell for you and you rewarded him by ending his run. That’s hard.”

The group burst out laughing.

Garrett Stubbs, the team reserve/heater/fan on the bench, his voice hoarse from cheerleading for a month, stood up and asked if anyone needed a drink. One player noted that he would take 30. Stubbs returned with a large selection of cans, like a kid carrying a lot of playing cubes, offering refreshments to anyone interested.

It can’t be more than 2022 Phillies. The only thing missing is a sad audio version of “Dancing on Myself”.

Instead, they filled the silence with chatter. More stories. More ribbing. More jokes. More data on how excited they are for the coming year. How will they return?

Hoskins was one of the circle members, the area around his eyes still red in disappointment. His ruthless defensive display and brutal 3v21 World Championship streak have been the bane of many Philly fans lately. But years from now, the image of Hoskins throwing his racket into the ground after his Game 3 home run will be above all else. One day, he will send off a first throw in a Phillies Postseason match. The bad tends to fade.

To his left, perched on a shelf at the top of his closet was a black and green disposable camera. On it, a number of photos from the two exceptional teams, Fall Classic, and also some that were not captured, win. Somewhere in Hoskins’ belongings is another camera, untouched and unused. It is full of images that will never be: a victorious celebration, a memorial ceremony, a glorious parade.

Hoskins has yet to have any pictures of Philly’s Magical Month printed or processed. He says this will happen sometime in the off-season, once all of that fades a bit. But when Hoskins spins around, he knows he and his co-workers will look back at those photos with pride, remembering each other until the beer ran dry.

Because sometimes, developing memories takes a while.

Few understand this better than Hoskins and Phillies.

Jake Mintz, half louder Tweet embed He is a baseball writer for FOX Sports. He is a fan of Orioles and lives in New York City, and as such leads a secluded life in most October residents. If he’s not watching baseball, he’s almost certainly riding his bike. Follow him on Twitter at Tweet embed.

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