Phillies lose World Series 2022

HOUSTON — The Phillies need one more beer together, one more conversation.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see this incredibly tight-knit group hang out one last time before returning to Philadelphia, where they’ll empty their lockers early next week. This team took Philadelphia on an absolutely wild and completely unexpected ride last month. They didn’t want to leave.

That Wheeler could appreciate the ride said it all in that moment. Because for a moment, it looked like the Phillies might force a Game 7 following Schwarber’s solo home run in the sixth inning. But Phillies manager Rob Thompson pulled Wheeler from the game with runners on the corners and one out for Jose Alvarado in the bottom of the sixth.

“He caught me off guard,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler had dominated until then.

“Lightning flashes were coming out of his hands today,” JT Rilmuto said.

Alvarado allowed a three-run home run to Jordan Alvarez, who smacked the ball into center field.

The amendment will be debated and divided, perhaps until no one alive remembers it. But Philadelphia had just three hits in Game 6 and had just nine hits in the last three games of the series, all of which the Phillies lost. But afterward, in the clubhouse, the players found ways to reflect on the season.

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They brought baseball back to Philly. They were the last team to clinch a postseason berth on October 3, securing the NL’s third wild card spot. Entering the postseason as an 87-win team, no one thought they would reach the World Series.

In this run, the Phillies have had outstanding performances from Wheeler, Aaron Nola and Ranger Suarez. The bull was very good.

Thomson pushed the right buttons almost all the way.

Citizens Bank Park sounded like setting the PitchCom to 20 and covering your ears in a loud field.

“I knew Philly was a great sports town, but it’s a whole different animal to experience it,” Wheeler said. “The fans, they love their sport. They are behind us 100 percent. They let us know when we do badly and that’s great. We’ll have to pick it up when that happens, but I love these fans and it’s been fun being on that journey with them.

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Calum Scott played “Dance on My Own” every time the Phillies won. First, in the clubhouse. Then on the sound system in the bank.

It became the anthem of this group.

“We proved a lot of people wrong,” Zach Eflin said. “We have a lot to be proud of. But at the same time it attracts. We watched the Astros celebrate and do what we wanted to do. We have seen people live out our dreams.

“It hurts,” Nola said. “I know tomorrow will probably hurt more. I think the chemistry and friendship carried us through to the end. I think that has been forgotten in our time. Everyone in this clubhouse is attracted to each other. There is not one selfish person in this team and I think that says a lot about this club. Everyone got their feet wet. Everyone knows what the postseason is now. It’s addictive. It’s a different atmosphere. It’s a different kind of winning. Because when you win, it’s purer than anything else.

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Thompson asked Relmuto after each inning how many more wins the Phillies needed to win the World Series.

It went down to 11, then eight, then four.

“We didn’t do it,” Harper said. “We are not finished. It doesn’t matter if you’re an 87-win team or a 100-win team. it doesn’t matter. We didn’t do it.”

But the Phillies believe this is just the beginning. Not everyone will be back next season. But many will be. Maybe you can get the job done by making some adjustments to the roster.

“Now the flavor is there,” Schwarber said. “That’s the positive thing. It’s going to be a fast season now. Everyone wants to have that taste in their mouth and knows what it takes to do it. So it’s going to be fun.”


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