About the Phillies
The game stands as among the ‘most-watched game in World Series history’ with an audience of 54.9 million television viewers.
The 2008 World Series Win - The 2008 Philadelphia Phillies had advanced to the postseason after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers. Now they were facing the Cinderella team of the American League, Tampa Bay Rays. The Phillies defeated them in Game 1, but the Rays bounced back with a win in Game 2.
The teams then headed back to Philadelphia where they would eventually win the series in Game 5 at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on October 26. The home crowd was ecstatic to witness its side lift the championship trophy after a long wait of almost three decades.
Philadelphia Phillies Arch Rivals
The rival list of the Phillies is a pretty long one, given their illustrious history. Mentioned below are a couple of their most popular rivalries.
Pittsburgh Pirates - Not many baseball fans today are aware of the rivalry that existed between the Phillies and the Pirates back in the day. But it demands a mention as theirs was a highly intense rivalry. Both teams were formed before 1900, but it was in the 1970s that their rivalry took form. They were both competitors in the National League. Nine of the total 10 NL East titles in the decade were either clinched by the Pirates or the Phillies.
There have been several brawls and skirmishes between the opponents over the course of their history. These include Mike Schmidt’s 500th home run in Pittsburgh and the Phillies’ ten-run comeback in 1989 to name a few.
After the Pittsburgh Pirates moved to the NL Central in 1994, the teams do not face off against each other very often. Therefore the rivalry has cooled down. However, older fans still maintain their dislike for the rival team and the regional differences between Western and Eastern Pennsylvania serve to fuel the hatred.
The Mets-Phillies rivalry was intense during the 1980s. On Father’s Day in 1964, the Philliespitched their first ever perfect game and seventh in MLB history by defeating the Mets in the first game of a doubleheader at the Shea Stadium.
The Battle of the Broads intensified again in recent years as they have faced off quite often for playoff berths. Whereas New York won the Division in 2006, Philadelphia won five back to back Division titles from 2007-2011.
Overall, out of the total 966 match-ups between the Mets and the Phillies, the former has won 467 while the latter has 498 victories to its credit.
Greatest Players in Philadelphia Phillies History
The Philadelphia Phillies is the oldest team in all of American sports that has continuously belonged to one city and has stuck to its name. It has had a number of talented players on its roster. Mentioned below are a few all-time greats.
Robin Roberts - Ranked among the most dominating starting pitchers for the Philadelphia Phillies, during his stint with the team, the Hall of Famer pitched 3739.1 innings which is the most all time for the franchise. Besides, he holds the record of having the most complete games (272) in the Phillies history.
His best season with the Philadelphia Phillies was in 1953 in which he posted a 23-16 record and led the NL pitchers in strikeouts (198). In his career-high 346? innings pitched, Robin Roberts walked only 66 batters and his 2.75 ERA was second in the MLB, behind 2.10 of Warren Spahn.
Michael Schmidt - Perhaps the best all-time player for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Hall of Fame third baseman played a total of seventeen seasons with the franchise.
He leads the franchise record with 8352 at bats, 2234 hits, 1506 runs, 548 home runs, 1507 walks, 4404 total bases and 1595 RBI.
Besides, Schmidt is a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, 12-time All-Star and six-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He bagged the National League Most Valuable Player honor thrice. He was also named the 1980 World Series MVP.
Mike is regarded as the greatest third baseman in the history of the game.
Citizens Bank Park
Citizens Bank Park is located in the heart of Philadelphia and offers fans incredible views of the city. The park features many amenities that fans of all ages can enjoy. Some of those include the 100 foot Liberty Bell, legendary Ashburn Alley, Memory Lane, and Games of Baseball activity center.
Phillies Season Tickets
After the Phillies recent win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team looks to be in good form and determined to improve their NL East standing.
The schedule for the upcoming games between the Phillies and the opponents has been announced. Phillies Season tickets are available here. You can check out the dates and prices of the tickets on the events page.