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2009- Still a Great Year


The Phillies came up short in the World Series this time around. However, players and phans alike should all still feel as though 2009 was a hugely succesful year. I got the hate out of the way with my previous post, so, looking back, here are my top '09 reasons that Phillies phans should be pleased with the season that ended 2 wins shy of a World Series repeat...

'09- The Phillies won the National League pennant. That is still a big deal.

8- Brad Lidge and Cole Hamels will bounce back. (Right? Won't they...?!)

7- Ruben Amaro Jr. knows what he is doing. Raul Ibanez, Cliff Lee and still having Michael Taylor, Kyle Drabek and Dom Brown intact in the Phillies' system are certainly enough proof.

6- Ryan Howard developed himself into a better player. Showing up in Clearwater, the Phillies' spring training facility, slimmer, to work on his defense and focus on being a better hitter, early this year was where it all started. Howard's defense was visably improved in 2009 and he raised his average, OBP, and slugging percentage as well. Howard leads MLB in homers since 2006, with 198. Even better things to come? Yes.

5- Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are the leaders of the team. When one is down, the other is up. When the team needs a boost, these guys get it done. Two MVP calibre players up the middle, in the infield, is tremendous.

4- You've got a brand new rivalry with real meaning. Forget about those forced rivalries that interleague play brings about with Toronto (rematch of '93) or Baltimore (regional proximity)...seperated by New Jersey, the Phillies and Yankees are full fledged rivals now, and that series from June 15th-June 17th in New York next year is going to be a blast.

3- These runs, deep into the playoffs, add opportunities for bonding, friendships, and fun. More games means more chances to get out to the ballpark and live your crazy Philly sports phan lives with people who are just like you. It gives phans opportunities to network with one another, whether it's at the local pub or online with sites like Twitter. Philly phandom is a brotherhood...it is the tie that binds.

2- The nucleus is intact. Sure, I guess everyone is saying that today, but with the complete core of the team locked up for years to come, 2009 was not the only shot this group of Phillies will get at returning a world championship and a parade to Philadelphia. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Madson, Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Brad Lidge and Cliff Lee should all get more shots to take out the Yankees.

1- Harry Kalas would be proud of this team...and so should all of you. High Hopes forever!


It was a great season, everyone. Hold your heads up. Every group of fans in baseball, except for one, wishes they could be in your shoes.

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Comments

Amanda said…
Great post! I'm so proud of this team!!! Cant wait for 2010!
Anonymous said…
Here Here!!! I will always love this team. They'll be back again next year...no worries!
Sleepy Floyd said…
2 fist bumps at the grocery store yesterday for still rockin that phillies red. go phils

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