This was what happened after the first week of the season.
This is what has happened since then.
It’s been a little over three months since the Phillies season started and new manager Gabe Kapler has literally gone from the most hated man in Philadelphia to a saint because the Phillies are in first place for the first time in seven years.
You heard that right. The Phillies haven’t been this good since 2011, when they won a franchise record 102 games. They’re 12 games over .500, tied for first place in the NL East with the Atlanta Braves. You heard that right too. The NL East has been flipped on its head.
This team doesn’t make any sense. The highest batting average on the team is .280. The next closest is another 15 points or so below that.
Not even the city is getting into it. Citizens Bank Park is as empty as its been in recent years and these pictures were taken in July.
Stop with the Eagles winning the Super Bowl excuse. The Phillies aren’t playing around. Baseball is back in Philly. It never left, but is sure as hell is back.
Aaron Nola is an ace and has emerged as a NL Cy Young favorite. Hoskins has been on fire at the plate since his injury in June. Seranthony Dominguez has been electric out of the bullpen. Odubel Herrera on pace to set career-highs in home runs, RBI and hits.
After week one, no one had hope in this team, in Kapler, in GM Matt Klentak, in the future. Now, the Phillies are currently on pace eclipse last season’s win total by at least 20 games and are a favorite to land Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado before the trade deadline.
There’s only one thing to say…