Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 12/8/12
The story of the Phillies and my fandom is called Phifty Shades of Red. I’m 44, and have been following the Phillies since I could talk. I recall many summers with my radio listenening to games from the West Coast when staying with my grandfather into the wee hours. This was in the 70s, and I kept a log of all the games with highlights, and computed my own statistics long before the Internet came along. I was a prodigy to my grandfather’s buddies, as we would discuss Lefty, Michael Jack, and my all-time favorite player, the fiery Larry Bowa, who I had the fortune to meet several times, notably when he broke his thumb and we spotted him at the old King of Prussia Mall. Why do I love them? I love baseball, the smell of the old Vet, the majesty of Citizens Bank Park, and the Phillies because they have a swagger and personality no other team has. I am a Philly girl at heart,even though I grew up in the suburbs. There are times they make me crazy, like early this year, but fifty shades of red…they
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