Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Distractions New Phillies Must Conquer

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Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Distractions New Phillies Must Conquer
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Yes, that is indeed Jim Thome mid-split making a catch at first, circa 2005. Though he's donned the red and white before, Thome, along with new additions Jonathan Papelbon, Laynce Nix and others, will have to adjust to a Phillies franchise that is miles apart from the days of old.

Philadelphia is a tough market to play in. The fans hold an absolute love/hate relationship with the team, and they aren't afraid to speak their collective mind. The game itself has also changed, and new members may not be ready for the fierce competition of the NL East.

If these new faces want to be successful in Philadelphia, here are some of the distractions they must conquer. 

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