The Philadelphia Phillies wrapped up a very disappointing season which saw them lose more games than they won for the first time since 2002. And while their attendance as a whole was down as can be expected, fans still came out in full force from the first game to the last to support the team. As a small thank you, the team put together a video in gratitude of the “best fans in baseball.”
It was a long and tough season for the team but for the fans as well. Many had experienced the really bad days of Phillies baseball but those years had seemed like they were long gone. And lets face it, after a World Series championship, back-to-back years of reaching the championship game, five straight division titles, numerous All-Star, MVP and Cy Young award winning seasons, the fans of this team became spoiled.
Accustomed to the better age of Phillies baseball, a season such as the one that occurred in 2013 really was disheartening. Giving credit where it is due, though, the fans did still show up for games in their colors and showed the undying support and passion that has long categorized this city’s fan base.
As a small thank you, the Phillies created a video tribute to the fans.
The two and half minute video features Phillies players holding various signs which transform into video clips of fans at games or at other events sponsored or attended by players. Signs from the fans including one woman professing her love for Cliff Lee and another group welcoming Ben Revere to Philly, are shown in the video. Players including Domonic Brown, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Lee and Revere all make appearances as videos of various fan moments are interspersed.
Overall, it is a very nice video and something that was almost necessary.
The Phillies did not deliver in 2013, and their fans know that. It was a tumultuous year without doubt, but for the most part the fans stuck by the team. They certainly didn’t have to but they did it anyway, and the Phillies absolutely did the right thing to thank them for it.
Marilee Gallagher is a baseball writer for RantSports.com. You can follow her on Twitter @MGallagher17 like her page on Facebook, or join her network on Google.