The Philadelphia Phillies are in the midst of what could be a magical run this October.
As the third Wild Card team in the National League, the Phils took down the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals in the first round, then got past the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.
Now, they find themselves in the NLCS against the San Diego Padres.
They took Game 1 last night by a final of 2-0 and have a chance to take command of the series this afternoon.
Since taking over as manager, Rob Thomson has guided the Phillies and returned them to their former glory.
Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who took them to the World Series in 2008 and 2009, voiced his support for Thomson and his old club on Twitter.
I ride with Philly Rob 💪🏻⚾️Go, go you Fightens!
— Charlie Manuel (@CMBaseball41) October 18, 2022
Manuel Supports Thomson
The Phillies seemingly have new life after firing Joe Girardi.
This team is playing the way they used to when Manuel was around.
Clearly, Manuel likes what he’s seeing out of his old club and appreciates that Thomson has helped transform them into the clear contender they were meant to be when they signed Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber.
And it’s hard not to be intrigued by what the Phillies have been able to do.
They took down the second and third seeds in the National League and have yet to even play in an elimination game.
They’ve been red-hot ever since clinching their spot in the postseason and look ready to take a shot at a World Series title, something they haven’t accomplished since Manuel was at the helm.
Perhaps at the end of the month, we’ll see Thomson stand toe to toe with Manuel as a World Series champion.