Philadelphia Phillies: A Winning Camaraderie

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Galvis Rubs Blanco's Head in the Seventh Inning of Game 162's Victory. Photo by Bill Streicher - USA TODAY Sports.

Galvis Rubs Blanco’s Head in the Seventh Inning of Game 162’s Victory. Photo by Bill Streicher – USA TODAY Sports.

From the opposition’s dugout last summer, they saw a determined gang of Philadelphia Phillies; in other words, they saw a no-quit team willing to hang tough for 27 outs.



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If the stars in a craft provide their maximum effort, everyone else will bring their best as well.

In the days of center fielder Richie Ashburn, hitters and pitchers hated each other and never befriended one another. The starters complained about run support, and the regulars replied to throw a shutout and belt a home run. In fact, the only enemies they had in common were other clubs, and everybody griped about the umps. That stated, if management swapped either of them, a batter might have to face one of these moundsmen.

Distanced from those times long past, MLB now looks completely different in some respects. For instance, Cliff Lee and Jayson Werth were friends when they accepted free agent offers to be divisional rivals. But they both relished the head-to-head challenge of each pitch during Werth’s long at-bats.

On the field and in the dugout, you can see the difference between friends and coworkers. Hector Neris and Maikel Franco exited the diamond together, and the third baseman patted his glove on the reliever’s head after a scoreless frame. Then, they talked baseball on the bench. Does their friendship have any relation to their home country? The Dominican Republic. Well, number 7 proudly lists himself on his Twitter page as 100 percent Dominicano! (Franco’s exclamation point, not mine.)

As everyone has probably heard, Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez were a double-play combo in Venezuela long before playing professionally, and they have occasionally reminisced about their past. They know each other’s abilities. Meanwhile, Odubel Herrera and Vince Velasquez are friendly because they’re both max-effort guys. Herrera has helped Velasquez regarding tipped pitches, and the flamethrower has passed on small details he’s noticed about the opposition’s battery.

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