Tuesday night was an exciting one for the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans.
The team came out swinging in Game 3 of the World Series, scoring seven runs, all of which came on the five home runs that were hit, and holding the juggernaut Houston Astros scoreless as they took a 2-1 series lead.
And in the crowd on Tuesday were several members of past Phillies teams, seven of which were key parts of their World Series runs in 2008 and 2009.
Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, Jake Arrieta, Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Brad Lidge, and Cole Hamels all were in attendance as they witnessed their former club light up the back-to-back American League champions.
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Phillies Legends Take In Game 3
Perhaps having champions of the past in attendance helped the Phillies out last night.
The offense exploded as Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm, Brandon Marsh, Kyle Schwarber, and Rhys Hoskins each hit home runs, allowing the Phillies to chase Lance McCullers Jr. from the game in the fifth inning.
Left-hander Ranger Suarez made it through five scoreless innings and put the Phillies in a position to win the game, while the bullpen continued to blank the vaunted Astros.
While no holdovers from the 2008 and 2009 World Series teams are still playing, having them around must have given them the boost they needed in order to defeat the Astros and take a lead in the series.
The goal still remains the same in Philadelphia.
This is their first World Series since 2009, when seven of the players in attendance were part of their team.
Now, they sit just two wins shy of capturing their first title since 2008.