The Phillies are about to do something that's never been done before in Phillies history. The Phils are about to win their 4th NL East crown in a row. Since the Phillies came into existence in 1883, the team has won a NL East title 3 times in a row during the 1976-'77-'78 seasons, and again in 2007,'08,'09. This will be the first time that it's been done 4 times in a row.
Tom McCarthy, Phillies broadcaster, stated last night that this is perhaps the greatest time in Phillies history. I think he is right. It's about pride now, and the Phillies players seem full of it.
The Phils have been called, "The Yankees of the National League." I am not so sure what that means in context of how people are saying it. Certainly, the Phillies have had success in playing baseball on the field, but is it meant more by the style of signings that the Phillies have made in the last few years.
The Phillies management has scouted players on their pitching staff who want to have the chance to win a World Championship. Every team has a chance at that championship when the season starts, they all start out with a 0-0 record. The Phillies though have had success, so Halladay and Oswalt maybe gravitated towards the Phillies team for that reason.
Just a few weeks ago, the Phillies seemed like the playoffs may only be reached by the means of the wild card berth. A lot of writers and pundits that commentate on mlb baseball, had almost written the Phillies off for winning the NL East Crown. Now with only a week left in the regular season, the Phils have turned it all around and appear to be poised to win their 4th NL East crown in a row. Yes, it's a marvelous time to be a Phillies fan!