The Philadephia Phillies pulled off an incredible World Series run last season.
Entering the playoffs as the final Wild Card team, the Phillies upset three teams en route to the Fall Classic.
One reason for their playoff success was their ability to win at home.
Over the first three rounds, the Phillies went 5-0 at home, and their fans were a big reason why.
Manager Rob Thomson was told by an opposing coach what it was like to play at Citizens Bank Park in the playoffs.
At tonight’s Philadelphia Sports Writers Association dinner, Rob Thomson said a coach from one of the teams the Phillies played in the playoffs told him playing at Citizens Bank Park was “four hours of hell.” pic.twitter.com/E6lASv59eR
— Tim Kelly (@TimKellySports) January 24, 2023
Home-field advantage is a real thing in all sports.
The Phillies fans packed the house every game as the team made this magical run.
You could tell the players were feeding off the energy of the fans.
Now that the Phillies and their fans have a taste of postseason success, they are hoping to do it again next season.
The Phillies reloaded their roster in the offseason and are one of the favorites again in the National League.
But, the Phillies are hoping to play their way into gaining home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Despite all the success they had, the Phillies only had five home games leading up to the World Series.
If they can have more success during the regular season, and gain a higher seed, that will bode well for them in October.
All in all, the Phillies have to play with World Series expectations this year.
But, if they can feed off their fans all season long they could win the World Series for the first time since 2008.