Should Phillies Fans Consider Zack Wheeler A Legend?
Zack Wheeler is the ace the Philadelphia Phillies can count on to help them through the NLCS. His performance in Game 5 put the Phillies up 3-2 in a spot when they desperately need a victory.
John Kincade handed out the “legend” title to Wheeler because of the performance.
“We toss around the term legend. Obviously, to me, I always think legends are sort of made at the biggest moments in the postseason. It’s not just accumulated over a bunch of regular-season wins and things like that. I believe on Saturday night Zack Wheeler elevated himself to legendary Phillis status for his career.” -Kincade
What does it take for a player to elevate to legendary status in Philadelphia?@JohnKincade says whatever it is, Zack Wheeler did it on Saturday night.— 97.5 The Fanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 23, 2023
“There has to be a moment, and I think Saturday night was that moment. He’s a legendary Phillie now in my mind.”
What Determines A Legend?
The criteria isn’t always obvious. John pointed to the way he determines legendary status.
“One game elevates a guy from being among the greatest in the franchise’s history to being legendary. I think Saturday night’s performance sort of brought that there…There has to be a moment, and I think Saturday night was that moment. He’s a legendary Phillie in my mind.” -Kincade
Wheeler threw seven innings and allowed one run. He’s now pitched 26 postseason innings and allowed six earned runs. The Phillies have won three of his four starts just one year removed from a World Series run when they counted on him as their ace.
Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola Star in NLCS
The Phillies have the benefit of an excellent 1-2 punch at the top of their starting rotation. Aaron Nola has recovered from a disappointing regular season to regain top form in the playoffs.
“Aaron Nola has a chance to do it again tonight, but I wonder. If Aaron Nola goes out and delivers like Zack Wheeler did, is he going to get that same legendary status because both of them are performing at the biggest times?” -Kincade
The key strength of the Arizona Diamondbacks was supposed to be the 1-2 punch of Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly. However, it’s the Phillies who have benefitted from the front-line starting pitching.
Zack Wheeler looks unhittable. Does that make him a legend?
Is legendary status a cumulative thing with you, or is it something where there’s a singular event that moves somebody from being the greatest in a franchise to being a legend in the franchise?