Houston – The Phyllis Al wanted another beer together, and another chat.
It was no surprise to see this remarkably close-knit group have one final suspension before heading back to Philadelphia, where they will empty their coffers early next week before spreading across the country and elsewhere out of the season. This team has taken Philadelphia on a wild and totally unexpected ride for the past month. They didn’t want to leave.
Wheeler could appreciate the ride at that moment said it all. Because for a moment, it looked as if the Phillies might force Game 7, after Schwarber’s solo run at home in the sixth inning. But Phillies coach Rob Thompson pulled Wheeler out of the bout with two riders in the corners and one at the bottom of the sixth place. Joseph Alvarado.
“It surprised me,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler took control of that point.
“He had lightning strikes from his hands today,” JT Realmoto He said.
Alvarado allowed a three-way race at home to Yordan Alvarez, who smashed the ball over his batting eye in the middle of the field.
The change in presentation and anatomy will be discussed, perhaps for as long as anyone alive who watched it will remember. But Philadelphia had only three hits in Game 6, and only nine hits in the last three games of the series, all of which the Phillies lost. But at the club after that, the players found ways to think about the season.
They brought baseball back to Philly. They were the last team to snatch a post-season berth on October 3, when they took home the third place NL Wild Card. They entered post-season as a team with 87 wins that no one expected to reach the World Championships.
They were supposed to come out early and easy. But they became the first team in post-season history to score six runs in the ninth game when they trailed off with a stunning win in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series in St. Louis.
Bryce Harper He had one of the best seasons in franchise history, hitting six home runs, including a luminous homer in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series against San Diego to send the Phillies to the World Championship. There was the saga of Homer and Hoskins bats in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Braves, which made Citizens Bank Park rock for the first time in over a decade. Schwarber crushes Homer on the second floor on right field in Petco Park in Game One of the NLCS. Schwarberfest was born. Realmuto fought an indoor tour in the NLDS and won the tour at home in the 10th inning in Game 1 of the World Series. Velez tied the world record in the World Championships with five of their teammates in Game 3.
Thompson pressed the right buttons almost completely.
Citizens Bank Park was noisy, like setting your PitchCom to 20 and covering your ears to the floor with a loud screeching sound.
“I knew Philly was a really good sports city coming here, but to be able to experience it, it’s a completely different animal,” Wheeler said. “The fans love their sports. They are 100 percent behind us. When we do something bad, they tell us and that’s totally fine. We have to pick it up when that happens, but I love these fans and it was so fun to be on that journey with them.”
Every time the Phillies won, Calum Scott’s song “Dance by Myself” was played. First, in the club. Then via the bank’s audio system.
It became the anthem of this team.
“We’ve proven a lot of people wrong,” Zach Evelyn He said. “We have a lot to be proud of. But at the same time it’s bad. We just watched the Astros celebrate and do what we wanted to do. We just watched people live our dream.”
“It hurts,” Nola said. “I know tomorrow it’s likely to hurt more. I think the chemistry and camaraderie led us to the end. I think that’s being ignored nowadays. Everyone at this club pulls for each other. There isn’t a single selfish person on this team, and I think that says a lot. About this club. Everyone got their feet wet. Everyone knows what a postseason is now. It’s an addiction. It’s a different kind of atmosphere. It’s a different kind of winning. Because when you win, it’s the purest.”
Thompson had Realmuto asked after each round how many more wins the Phillies would need to win the World Championship.
It went down to 11, then to eight, then to four.
“We didn’t get it done,” Harper said. “We didn’t finish it. It doesn’t matter if you’re an 87-win team or a 100-win team. It doesn’t matter. We didn’t get it done.”
But the Velez think this is just the beginning. Not everyone will be back next season. But many of them will be. Maybe with a few tweaks to the list, they could finish the job.
“There’s a taste now,” Schwarber said. “That’s the positive thing. It’s going to be a fast season now. Everyone is going to have that taste in their mouth and they know what it takes to do it. So it’s going to be fun.”