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A Phillies Fan's Perspective

August 9, 2010 - Al Stephenson

I was in West Chester, Pennsylvania yesterday.  My wife and I attended a reunion for my mother's side of the family.  It was a chance to see relatives that we don't get to see very often and as you would expect, it was a lot of fun.

One of the neat things about the visit is the chance to talk sports with fans of a different major league team.  My cousin Joey, has been a lifelong Phillies fan (he also follows the Eagles, Sixers, Flyers and Penn State) and his analysis of the Phillies chances to make the playoffs this year was interesting to listen to.  He even used the word moxie, which my friends who are Indian fans, have yet to bring into a conversation.

His choice of words to describe this year's Phillies team comes from the fact that they have had some serious injuries.  The entire infield (1B Ryan Howard, 2B Chase Utley currently, SS Jimmie Rollins, 3B Placido Palanco for stretches) has been benched for a number of games.  Center fielder Shane Victorino is also on the DL.  Only the corner outfielders have been healthy all year and my cousin likes the way the Phillies have soliered on despite those injuries.  They have shown, he says, a lot of moxie.

He thinks the Phillies have an excellent chance of catching the Braves in the National League East particularly when Howard, Victorino and Utley return for the stretch drive.  If not, he is keeping an eye on the St. Louis Cardinals for the wild card berth.  Believe it or not he thinks the Reds are for real and will stay in the hunt for the Central title all season.  I should call him and tell him the Cards are currently hammering the Reds 7-0.  I guess I don't have to - he knows the score as he is a big fan and follows all of the action as it is happening.

We changed topics briefly as he commiserated with me on LeBron leaving Cleveland.  He could not believe the way that whole thing went down and spent a little time sympathizing with this Cleveland fan.  Soon though, he was back talking Phillies baseball. He truly felt sorry for me, but not enough to lose track of what the Phillies were up to.

The view from my seat suggests that it is fun to talk to someone who shares my love for the game and has knowledge of that game.  I wish Joey and the Phillie faithful best wishes for the remainder of the 2010 season.

I also wish Cleveland could put something more than a Triple A roster on the field! 


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