Succeeding as a player of the Philadelphia Phillies isn't all that difficult. Some people may think it is. They'll point towards the rowdy fans and incredible expectations to win every season as reasons why playing in Philly could be difficult, but it's really not.
The players know what they have to do to succeed here. They have to play the game hard night in and night out. They have to put the team before themselves. Winning always helps the cause, but as long as you prove to the fans that winning is the ultimate goal, they'll love you forever. (Okay, nothing is forever, but definitely for a long time.)
Succeeding in Philadelphia looks like a challenge, but it's not that hard. If you do all of the things listed above, you'll be a fan-favorite in no time, and I assure you, it is much easier to play in this city as a fan-favorite.
It just goes to show that winning isn't everything. The Phillies were a bad team for a long time, but they managed to field some fan favorites regardless, and they all have that unique approach to the game in common.
Earlier this week, I posted a slideshow about the Phillies' all-time, 25-man roster.It was chocked full of the franchise's all-time greats, regardless of their status with the fans.
This one will be different. In this slideshow, statistics are irrelevant. It's the opinion that matters. For each position, we'll take a look at one of the Phillies' all-time fan-favorites and see how that roster compares.