Back in February, Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies was asked about the song that he brought to Philadelphia from Boston. Kyle had a simple answer to give.
""It's a second place song""- Kyle Schwarber
The Phillies decided it was time for a new song since they just came up short in the World Series. Coming into this season, the Phillies struggled heavily. Maybe it was a World Series hangover? Missing Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper? Whatever the case, they were struggling.
On June 3, with a 25-32 record, the Phillies woke up against the Washington Nationals. It was reported by Todd Zolecki that the team was discussing the good times during their postseason run.
Well, hitting coach Kevin Long had something to say about that
"Play the $%^& song"- Kevin Long
From there, according to Statsmuse, the Phillies went on to have a 65-40 record. A team that seemed so far from being close to the World Series runner-ups, turned everything around and became masters of their own destiny.
Between having one of the best months of August in the MLB, to finding their mojo coming into the most recent Wild Card Series, you could see this Phillies team was built for so much and manager Rob Thomson would agree.
TAKE IT AWAY, TOPPER! pic.twitter.com/mQCt1Jo5wC— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 27, 2023
This team is built for October. Bringing the song back was step one but, overall, this team being as close as they are is the other block of this path that is being walked. Nick Castellanos would most likely agree.@nbcsphilly
Play it again 🔁 #phillies♬ original sound - nbcsphilly
Obviously the fans are the concrete keeping these blocks together and allowing them to be solid. Just listen to this crowd.
yeah, this angle is INSANE😲pic.twitter.com/FShrY8ogPi— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 5, 2023
The video from the #Phillies game last night is so perfect. 60,000-plus fans singing along to Bryson Stott’s walk up song (AOK by Tai Verdes) and then he smashes the ball for a grand slam. #RedOctober in Philly is magical. ❤️⚾️pic.twitter.com/eRhwpmyqzk
Even former Phillies are getting in on the action. One being the great John Kruk.
PLAY THE SONG pic.twitter.com/fCcuGrAUJZ— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 5, 2023
This team is just so fun to watch and embodies Philadelphia. If the Phillies end up winning the World Series this year, I fully expect this song to be on everyone in Philly's playlist for the rest of their lives when going to a Phillies game.
How can you not love this team?
"Party hard tonight." 😁🥽
The Phils clinched a playoff spot and had a heck of a clubhouse celebration! ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/sLQEg3PJjm