When players come to play for the Philadelphia Phillies, they know that the fans expect a few things out of them. Phillies fans are notorious for a number of reasons, and one of the most well-known qualities is their love of hard-nosed, blue collar athletes.
I'm sure you've heard it said about the relationship between Phillies fans and players before: Play the game hard and play it the right way and the fans will support you.
I don't often get the chance to connect the Phillies and the WWE here, so hang with me for a moment.
Long before I sat down at my computer to write this slide show, there was a certain slogan by WWE superstar John Cena that I believed perfectly described what Phillies fans expected out of their players: Hustle, loyalty, respect.
So when I think of players that "embody" the spirit of the Phillies, of the city of Philadelphia, those are the types of players that I come up with.
They hustle. A player that embodies the Phillies plays like each game could be his last; like his pants are on fire.
They're loyal. When these players put on the Phillies' uniform, they have one goal in mind: Winning the game. I think of players who played all or most of their careers with the Phillies.
They show respect. These players know that they won't be able to play this game forever, but respect it enough to play like they have something to prove each and every night. They respect the fans as much as the fans respect their play.
It isn't difficult to embody the spirit of the Phillies, but only certain players have managed to do it the right way.
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