The Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks are battling in the NLCS for the right to go to the World Series.
It is so difficult to make it this far that at some point the players try to sit back and embrace the moment.
There may not be a better playoff atmosphere in baseball than at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The fans pack the stands and spend most of the game on their feet.
Even the Diamondbacks can appreciate the playoff atmosphere and how cool it is.
According to Bob Nightengale, D-Backs pitcher Kevin Ginkel said: “You know, it feels like October baseball. You watch these games on TV over the years… and they bring it.”
Diamondbacks reliever Kevin Ginkel on the wild atmosphere at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Game 1:
‘So cool. You know, it feels like October baseball. You watch these games on TV over the years ….and they bring it. They bring it every single pitch. It's a cool environment for sure.’
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 17, 2023
The Diamondbacks know they need to steal a game in Philly to win this series.
They were unable to do that in Game 1 with the Phillies taking the 5-3 win.
Yet, the D-Backs did not seem to be scared of the moment.
They got down 5-0 but were able to fight back and bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning.
Home-field advantage is real in baseball and it plays a big factor.
Game 2 should be a great battle and a potential pitcher’s duel.
Aaron Nola is pitching for the Phillies with Merrill Kelly going for the D-Backs.
It is worth mentioning that Kelly does not expect to be phased by the Phillies crowd.
According to Talkin’ Baseball, he thinks his experience pitching in the World Baseball Classic was louder.
“I haven’t obviously heard this place on the field, but I’d be very surprised if it trumped that Venezuela game down in Miami.”
Diamondbacks Game 2 starter Merrill Kelly references his World Baseball Classic experience as he prepares to pitch in Philly pic.twitter.com/zOAyIgGmxJ
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) October 17, 2023
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