The Phillies’ postseason drought is over: On the memories and the names

HOUSTON — There have been times over the years when Rhys Hoskins envisioned it. Sometimes Hoskins would talk about it with Aaron Nola or Zach Eflin. They all had an idea of ​​how it would feel and who would be by their side.

With every empty October, the dream blurred.

“That’s it from this whole original crew,” Hoskins said Monday afternoon. “I don’t think you ever think that will be the case.”

The faces changed. The burden grew heavier. It was never hard for Hoskins to imagine celebrating with his Phillies teammates. But people were shuffling in and out of the clubhouse, and it was natural to wonder. Some teammates that Hoskins knew — just knew would be a part of — were gone now.

But at 10:10 PM CT, Hoskins was jumping up and down while Eflin screamed. That 3-0 win, started by Nola and saved by Eflin, was too perfect. The men stationed here to defeat the spirits surrounded them in a mob. The drought is over. The Phillies are entering the postseason for the first time since 2011. The first game of the Wild Card Series takes place on Friday – 11 years to the day a glorious Phillies era ended with a 1-0 classic NLDS Game 5 between the late Roy Halladay and his friend Chris Zimmermann.

On a Monday night in Texas, as a kalas at the ballpark announced the game, the Phillies were dancing on the lawn at Minute Maid Park. They popped 96 bottles of champagne — the maximum allowed by Major League Baseball — and sprayed beer all over each other. The Phillies’ postseason drought is over: On the memories and the names

John Verrall

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