There hasn’t exactly been a happy-go-lucky type of mentality flying around Philadelphia sports lately. The city’s football, basketball, and hockey teams have all faltered, and though the latter two are still playing, one is far from the playoffs and the other is scratching and clawing to be relevant in the playoff discussion.
It’s easy to see why fans in Philadelphia are going to be putting a lot of pressure on their baseball team in 2013.
While the players probably don’t give a second thought as to how the other teams affect their moods, the fans are a different animal. There is plenty of angst and frustration that has built up over the last few months, and now it’s up to the boys of summer to try and relieve a little tension for sports fans in the city.
There will be plenty of highs and lows throughout the season, just like any other. There’s just a certain hope there are more highs than lows in 2013.
So, does this team have the ability to live up to the hype? After a year in which they finished 81-81, the expectations would seem to be a little lower and the team would appear to be flying under the radar a bit more than in previous years.
The thing about this year’s edition of the Philadelphia Phillies is that they will need almost every break and every little thing to go right for them to even be considered for a playoff spot. If they don’t have their health, it will be hard for them to stay in the race.
If they don’t have someone have a breakout year (I’m talking to you, Domonic Brown), they probably will have a hard time staying in the race. If the bullpen pitches like it did last season, they’re probably up the creek without a paddle.
That said, with the way things have gone lately, fans in Philadelphia will just be excited that there is another show in town. But, just like any other year, the welcome will be worn out if the team does not perform. If it’s anything like last year, that welcome will be worn out rather quickly.