(Guest blogger, Marisa Gothie)
To piggy back on my blog from last week, congratulations to Matt Schaub for being named MVP at the pro bowl! Secondly, I want to thank Colleen for giving me the opportunity to post on this site. It is a great outlet for me to write about my passion for Philadelphia sports! That brings me to the topic of this weeks blog: Why do I love the Phillies so much?
I’ve had the Phillies “Pheaver” since as long as I can remember. I can remember the feeling of watching my first Phillies game. The game was on tv and it was the summer of 1990. My family and I were down the shore for one of our vacations in Avalon, NJ. My Dad and I were on the Ocean City boardwalk.Terry Mulholland was on the mound, in the middle of a pitchers dream game, a no hitter. And guess what? he did it! I can remember feeling how excited my dad and all the other fans were. When we got back to the shore house all the coverage was about the game and one face stood out to me above all the rest, the catcher Darren Daulton. For an 8 year old who was a little boy crazy if I can be completely honest, he was definitely a dream to look at! From that moment on I wanted to learn everything I could about Darren and his teammates. So yes I guess you could say I am a cliché of a female fan. I started liking baseball and the Phillies in particular because I found the players easy on the eyes, but it grew into a lot more.
As I became more of a Phillies fan, I wanted to learn more about baseball as a game. Growing up and all through my young adulthood, I haven't been fast or strong enough to play sports but I have been a enthusiastic spectator.was lucky because I grew up In a home of sports lovers. My bother played little league, my sister were gymnasts, my mom was a former basketball player and my dad was the consummate coach, Lending his abilities to my brothers team. Sometimes he would let me sit in the dugout and it was there I became less of a Darren crazed girl and more of someone who fell in love with the game of baseball. Baseball is such a wonderful game to watch and learn because everyone has a role to play and a place in making the game a winner or a loser. I learned that it is up to your Teammates to pick you up if you are having a bad day. I have always loved that aspect of the sport.
Phillies aficionado will tell you that I picked a pretty bleak time to become a Phillies fan. Gone were the players that celebrated a world championship in 1980 and other winning seasons throughout that decade. In their place were players that had bounced around from team to team and many that had never seen a post season much less won a world championship. After that no hitter in August 1990, the Phillies went on to finish 4th in the NL East. Then 4th in 1991 and dead last in 1992. People looked at me as if I was crazy but I couldn’t give up. Something told me Darren wouldnt let me down.
My grandmother suggested that I combine my love of newspapers (writing) and the Phillies. I started a scrap book of all the clippings. In my heart, I just knew this was our year. And for the most part I was correct. As many of the female bloggers can relate, girls can be very aggressive and mean in middle school to each other. During this time, watching the Phillies gave me hope and something to look forward to each day. The never say die attitude that the Phillies showed in 1993 was something I strived to show everyday in my own life. Even though the season ended with heart break, fans could see the tides turning and the Phillies were no longer losers but those that showed heart.
Darren Daulton has long since retired and many more Phillies have captured my heart. I was lucky enough to see the Phillies win a world series in 2008 and get to game 6 in 2009. Ive watched players grow as both people and athletes. More so than ever before, the Philadelphia Phillies have become a metaphor for that never say die attitude and the players show me that you should do your job and live your passions 100%, never giving up.and wanting to get to that next level no matter what that may be.
As of this post, there are 13 days left until pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater for Spring training 2010 and less than 2 months until the season begins. I, for one, cant wait for the 162 game season to get underway...go phils!
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