The Philadelphia Phillies have reached the MLB Playoffs for the second consecutive season. The city is ready to explode during Red October at Citizens Bank Park. Does the home-field advantage help the Phillies’ chances in their quest to get back to the World Series? You better believe it.
Phillies Home-Field Advantage
You’ve heard about the importance of home-field advantage in the NFL. Nobody wants to face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field during the winter months. It’s difficult to play a road game against the Seattle Seahawks in front of a thunderous crowd.
Veterans Stadium certainly gave the Eagles an edge with the wrath of the infamous 700 level. Does the same type of advantage exist in Major League Baseball?
If you ask people who have been around the game throughout long careers, almost all of them will say it’s certainly not as prevalent as it as in other sports.
The conversation shifts when it’s about Philadelphia. The crowd at the Vet visibly rattled Burt Hooton of the Los Angeles Dodgers all the way back in 1977, and the legend was born.
Phillies fans proved their passion and intensity during the best era in franchise history from 2007-2011, but they missed it after the franchise’s downfall following a heartbreaking loss in 2011.
2022 World Series Run
The city of Philadelphia wanted October baseball so bad. When the Phillies survived “Baseball Heaven” during the 2022 Wild Card Round against the St. Louis Cardinals, the drought was finally over. Red October was finally back.
The crowd reignited the passion with an outrageous environment that overwhelmed the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS. The Phillies began the postseason with a 6-0 record at home on their way to a 2-1 lead in the World Series.
If you don’t believe the vengeance of two ensuing losses and World Series heartbreak will motivate the crowd at Citizens Bank Park, listen to what four guests on 97.5 The Fanatic have said about the incredible edge the Phillies gain during Red October.