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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 23: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a two run home run during the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres in game five of the National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

See what Anthony Gargano Had To Say In His Opening Diatribe Today about why we should cherish this run…

“I know everybody is down in the dumps. And I get it. It was a difficult weekend. Back-to-back Saturday, Union, Fightings, it was tough. All day yesterday I felt the same way. You know I was bummed out. However, I think it is important today to recognize what happened over the last month. I really think we should look at this past month, and we should cherish it. I am grateful for the Phillies.

Would I have kept Wheeler in? Yea I would have. But so be it. I am grateful to Robby Thomson, I am grateful to the Phillies, and I am grateful for this run. I enjoyed this run immensely, deeply, and profoundly. This run, which came out of nowhere, was one of the greatest 4 weeks since the Eagles won the Superbowl. 

I loved it, I loved every second of it. I loved the resurgence of baseball in Philadelphia. Where we were actually able to talk about baseball. We got to celebrate, cheer sing, and bond together. And I am grateful for that. I am grateful to this ball club for giving me a month where I got to create new memories. I met new friends. And I got to share it with my family. My kids, we were at the Saturday night against the Padres. And I got to see Bryce Harper’s HR. 

It was a beautiful month. It came out of nowhere, and it was an exhilarating ride. Sometimes the bats go cold on you. I believe they ran into it. But the Phillies aren’t far off from a World Championship. I expect them to be back and making noise in the playoffs…

But it’s not even about what is going to happen next. It is about what just happened. It is about the love that I saw from people. Families, and memories, and everyone together. That wasn’t done in vain because they lost the World Series. It is not a zero-sum. I know people want to say it is. Well, I don’t believe that. Yea they didn’t win the World Series, but they gave us a huge fun ride. 

Sometimes we have to stop and cherish that stuff. It did beget a bigger thing for us. That just doesn’t go away because they lost the World Series. Those memories happened, that really did occur. And it was a good thing. Yea we are all disappointed. But the beauty of it is they are going to be good for a long time. We got to get close to Bryce Harper, who is maybe one of the best players to ever play in this game.

I just thought it was fun. And I don’t want that to get lost in the loss. I don’t want to lose that. And I hope you guys don’t. It is part of my job to remind you guys of the greater message we received over the past month.”

And you can listen to his full opening diatribe below…