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How Do You Phillies?

Drew Hallowell

I was driving last night during the Phillies game so I listened to the whole game on the radio, something I normally only do for weekday games. It really reminded me how calming baseball on the radio is for me. Growing up, I took in Phillies games almost exclusively on the radio or in person (my parents had a rule that we couldn't watch TV during the week) and I really grew to love listening to all sports on the radio, but especially baseball.

I'm an out of town fan now, living in DC, so I subscribe to MLB.tv and watch most games via the app on my iPad or on my AppleTV, but still take in the radio broadcast often if I'm out walking around during a game or weekday games (at work). I definitely watch the games if I can because I love watching baseball and, obviously, being able to see the game is generally preferable to only listening on the radio, but I don't feel the same attachment to watching the Phils on TV as I do to listening to them on the radio. Some of this can definitely be chalked up to the two current crews (Franzke and LA > TMac, Wheels, and Sarge, who I promise I don't hate even though they're annoying sometimes), and some of it can definitely be chalked up to "the way it was" when I was growing up, but so much about baseball on the radio is calming and enjoyable.

It seems like at least a couple of the Blog Lords listen on the radio fairly regularly (at least judging by the recaps, including Trev's great one from last night). When one of the Blog Lords does listen on the radio, I particularly enjoy their recaps (I enjoy them all though, I promise!). I don't really have a good reason why, but I sense that it could stem from the added enjoyment (and yet frustration) that comes with listening to the game on the radio.

How do y'all take in the Phillies? The community here has this incredible mix of statistical outlook on baseball, romantic appreciation for when things go just right, cynicism with the way the Phils are run, and amazing knowledge of history, art, poetry, literature, music, and all other things under the sun. So I'm curious what our mix of mediums is for taking in the games we obsess over.

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