Fightin’ Phils dancing on their own


Lunney, Brianna

Photo credit: Cheryl Dressel Photography

Emily Myers, Features Editor

The Philadelphia Phillies, for the first time since 2009, made it to the World Series.
Placing third in the National League East with a regular season record of 87-75, allowed them to play, and win, the 3-game Wild Card Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, moving on to play the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series and beating them 3-1.
Their final step to make it to the World Series was playing the San Diego Padres in the National League Championship Series.
During Game 5, the Phillies were leading the championship 3-1, but it seemed that the Padres would win the game, taking the series to at least a Game 6.
However, Bryce Harper, designated hitter for the Phillies, had other plans. He was brought up to bat after catcher J.T. Realmuto hit a single, and cracked a home run through the stadium, bringing the score up to 4-3.
The game ended when Phillies pitcher Ranger Suárez threw the final outs of the inning.
Then began the World Series against the Houston Astros, who lost in 2021 to the Atlanta Braves.
The first two games, both played in Texas, tied the series 1-1 right off the bat.
Game 3, meant to be played on Halloween, was postponed due to the amount of rain coming down in Philadelphia that night. This pushed all of the remaining World Series games back by one day.
But Game 3 was definitely worth the wait. The Phillies won 7-0, tying the record for most home runs scored in a World Series game, being five, which has been done only three times before.
The home crowd went wild as Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm, Brandon Marsh, Kyle Schwarber, and Rhys Hoskins gave them a show that they will remember for years to come.
Winning Game 4 could have pushed the Phillies further into their hope of winning the World Series at home, but those dreams ended that night when they lost 5-0, the Astros scoring the only points of the game in the top of the fifth inning.
With the series then tied 2-2, they moved on to Game 5. The Astros took this one, too, winning 3-2 after a long and close game.
Some good news for the city, however, was that the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Houston Texans in the football game played at the same time in Texas. This is only the seventh time in history that the two teams in the World Series have played a game on the same night as an NFL game between the same cities.
While the Eagles were able to bring their undefeated start of the football season up to 8-0, the World Series shifted in favor of the Astros 3-2.
Game 6 could only go one of two ways: it could be the game that wins the World Series for the Astros, or the Phillies could win and bring it all to a Game 7.
Unfortunately for Phillies fans, the Astros won Game 6 in their home city of Houston and received the title.
The final score was 4-1, with Schwarber’s solo home run giving the Phillies the first point of the game in the sixth inning.
While their run might not have ended the way they wanted, the Phillies gave it their all in every game, making it a truly memorable season, and we will continue dancing on our own until next season!