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Philadelphia Phillies Invite Top Stars to Carry Out an MLB Tradition to Amp Up World Series Hype

Published 11/01/2022, 10:30 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Phillies have had a grand campaign in this year’s MLB season. A late surge in the second half of the regular season put them in the wildcard round. Clinching a playoff berth through wildcard entry from there on, they entered the postseason. Punching down heavyweight opponents, the Phillies defied all expectations and are competing in the World Series. 

The Phillies are facing off against last year’s World Series runners-up Houston Astros. The Astros, on the other hand, began this year’s campaign as one of the prime favorites. Having an unbeaten run in the postseason, the Astros proved why they deserve to be considered championship contenders. Nonetheless, the Phillies have already provided some stiff competition to the Astros. 


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On Monday, the Phillies will host the third game of the World Series. That means, the Phillies and the Astros will be clashing at Citizens Bank Park. Therefore, the Phillies’ administration has decided to build on the electrifying occasion in an elite manner. For that reason, iconic athletes from various Philadelphia-based teams will throw the ceremonial pitch on Monday. 

Legends to boost up Philadelphia Phillies 

On Monday, some famous sporting personalities will be attending the Phillies vs Astros game. Among them will be Mike Schmidt, Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving, Bernie Parent, and Brandon Graham. All those popular sportspersons have represented Philadelphia-based sports franchises at various points in time. 

Schmidt played his entire MLB career for the Phillies, making 12 All-Star appearances and winning one World Series trophy. Erving once played NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers, making 11 All-Star appearances and winning one tournament final trophy. Parent played NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers and now defunct Philadelphia Blazers. Notably, Schmidt, Erving, and Parent are all Hall Of Fame inductees in their respective sports. Whereas, Graham plays as the defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, winning one Super Bowl to date. 


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MLB columnist Mark Feinsand announced the news by stating, “Philly bringing out quite the crew for tonight’s ceremonial first pitches: Mike Schmidt, Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving, Bernie Parent, and Brandon Graham.” 

Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series 

The Phillies have captured the imagination of baseball fans this year. They have ousted favorites and succeeded in their place. The Phillies and the Astros have won one game each in the ongoing World Series. Therefore, with five more games to go, the action will only further intensify. 


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Madhurjya Bhuyan

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Madhurjya Bhuyan is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. He has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in English Literature from Gauhati University and IGNOU, respectively, and also possesses prior professional experience as a content developer. Being a performance artist since childhood, Madhurjya has always aimed to contribute towards creativity in any possible manner, and writing only boosts that desire.

Edited By: Gurjyot Singh Dadial