Beloved Philadelphia Athletes Who Painfully Wound Up Playing Elsewhere
The Philadelphia athlete who was beloved in this city and either spent their whole career, or at least retired here, is rare indeed. Bobby Clarke, Julius Irving and Mike Schmidt are three who come to mind. However, there are many, many more who went elsewhere, some even to hated rivals, either via trade or their own refusal to hang it up when they should've retired.
Some players go and we don't care, some go to places that we don't care about and some go to places and then are immediately replaced so perfectly we no longer care. Seriously, did anyone really care that Jayson Werth left the Phillies to play for the lowly Nationals the minute the Cliff Lee signing was announced? Or, now that Hunter Pence, a player younger and better than Werth, was acquired?
Still there are those others who were so beloved and wound up playing for teams we hate it's like seeing that beautiful ex-girlfriend of yours on the arm of some creep who keyed your car in college.
Here is a list of some of the most gut wrenching instances of ex-Philadelphia favorites coming to town wearing opposing colors.