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The city of brotherly love is a bit snake bitten when it comes to championships. The Flyers haven’t won the Stanley Cup since the mid-70s, the 76ers haven’t won an NBA championship since 1983, and the Eagles are still searching for their first Super Bowl. There is, however, a bright spot among this championship drought. The Philadelphia Phillies lifted up the city in 2008 with a World Series victory that brought the city to its feet.
Citizens Bank Park was the scene for the 2008 Fall Classic as the Fightin’ Phils knocked out the Tampa Bay Rays to bring a World Series title to Philadelphia for the first time since 1980. The stars of this team, including Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins would permanently etch their names in Phillies lore alongside heroes of the past like Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and Steve Carlton from the 1980 championship team.
Following the 2008 season the Phillies made another run at the World Series in 2009 only to fall to the New York Yankees. Another few great seasons followed but, as with all teams, they eventually had to start over. The star players have exited the team, leaving current manager Pete Mackanin to help rebuild this squad into a contender again.
Ryan Howard was the lone remaining player from that World Series team and with the Phillies not picking up his option following the 2016 season, his days in Philadelphia are done A new identity is being carved out in Philly, with plenty of new faces on the baseball diamond. Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis have stepped into the lineup as everyday players while the Cole Hamels trade resulted in a number of new pitchers coming into the organization. Pitchers Mark Appel, Vincent Velasquez, and Thomas Eschelman all hope to break into the majors, while Aaron Nola seeks to prove that his performance last year was not a fluke. For more information about the Philadelphia Phillies click here.