Let the construction of the World Series begin

The Phillies first popped the champagne three weeks ago after bagging the sixth and final National League seed in the playoffs. The site? Minute Maid Park in Houston.

They’ll return to the scene of their first postseason celebration on Friday night and have their sights set on another party – a big one. It’s Phillies vs. Astros in Game 1 of the World Series, the perfect time to get some cheap shots at the Houston team:

But enough of the old story about scammers and scammers. Winners of 106 games, these Astros are the real deal and heavy favorites against the Fightin’ Phils who’ve heard that line before. There will be five days to build Game 1, and Scott Lauber kicks us off with five storylines for this World Series.

Follow all of Inquirer.com’s World Series coverage here.

— Jim Swan, Inquirer Sports Staff, @phillysport, [email protected].

You are the manager for a day: Assuming Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola and Ranger Suárez are ready, who will start Game 4 of the World Series for the Phillies and why? Send us an email for a chance to be mentioned in the newsletter.

Downingtown native Miles Teller “always lived and died with the Phillies, dude. That’s always been the most important thing to me.” Who knows how many thousands were in the stadium for the Phillies’ win in Game 5 of the NLCS, on street corners throughout the city and surrounding suburbs, in family rooms and corner dive bars – those who felt that joy had before and after a decade without them hungered to feel it again.

Bryce Harper’s home run exploits on Sunday caused a thunderous echo in Citizens Bank Park and across the region. How would the Phillies players and brass describe it? Marcus Hayes asked her.

Next: The Phillies open the World Series in Houston on Friday at 8:03 p.m. (Fox29).

The 76ers waived Charles Bassey after signing Montrezl Harrell as a late-offseason signing created a deadlock at center.

But it didn’t take long for him to bounce back as offers poured in from across the league. He ended up speaking to 22 teams before joining the San Antonio Spurs in a two-way deal.

Bassey spoke to The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey about joining Spurs and returning to San Antonio, where he attended high school, after arriving in America from Lagos, Nigeria.

The Sixers started the season 3-0, but PJ Tucker righted the ship by taking a veteran’s lead.

The Sixers won! Normally this wouldn’t be such a feat in the regular season, but it’s the first time in four attempts.

Perhaps the Sixers took inspiration from another winning Philadelphia team that sent players to ring the bell and support the roster.

Next: After their first win of the season, the Sixers take on the Toronto Raptors Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSP).

Former Flyer Oskar Lindblom returned to Philadelphia on Sunday.

Lindblom, who became a fan favorite during his time with the Flyers and an inspiration for his brave battle with cancer, made his first appearance as a member of the San Jose Sharks against his old teammates at the Wells Fargo Center.

Giana Han spoke to Lindblom and his surgeons about his long journey back to the ice after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma.

Next: The Flyers (4-2-0) have until Thursday when they host the Florida Panthers (7 p.m. NBCSP).

When you look at who the Eagles will play against for the remainder of the season, many of these teams’ offenses are in question. Carson Wentz plays against the Eagles. It was hinted on Monday that Matt Ryan would be benched. Dak Prescott returns from injury. Kenny Pickett, who the Eagles meet Sunday, is a rookie just getting the hang of it. At a time when the Eagles are riding high, their upcoming opponents are still figuring things out. The Giants looked good though!

Who was the MVP when the Phillies won the 1980 National League Championship Series? Only with the right answer to [email protected] will it be featured in the newsletter.

A) Michael Smith

B) Manny Trillo

C) Steve Carlton

D) Peter Rose

We asked you: who was your NLCS hero and why? Among your answers:

For myself, this year reminded me a lot of the championship teams of 1980 and 2008 and the way they won everything where everyone contributed. We’ve had our share of great players, but everyone seemed to contribute to these World Series-winning teams. I’m only focusing on the last two Phillies teams to win the World Series because I think this team has the players and manager to topple the Houston Astros with the support of our amazing fans. It is our entire squad and coaching staff that are making this dream a reality. Go Phillies! – Jeffrey S.

It’s fitting that Bryce Harper is right in the middle of the team photo after her amazing win yesterday. He’s my NLCS hero and he’s stuck in Philly baseball history. He kept the team positive all season, even after his broken thumb. He was always upbeat and a true leader in the clubhouse. I waited for the Padres to sit [Josh] Anger in and when they didn’t, I felt in my bones that Bryce would make them pay for it. And they paid. It was an amazing and fitting ending to a game the Phillies deserved to win. Bring on the World Series! Bryce and the Phils are ready! —Kathi T.

I was a [Rhys] Hoskins fan since I saw him play Class A ball for Lakewood. He was the face of the Phillies before we signed Harper and I think he still is!!! — Wayne S.

harpers Had we had him in ’64, Chico Ruiz wouldn’t have mattered. – David and

Rob Thomson. Never panic. Seems to be making the right moves (or not) at the right time. – Tom O

No sorry guys; You cannot select a hero here. This was a whole team effort, from the top of the payroll hierarchy and the Phront Office down to Allentown, which is just SO appropriate for a Philly vibe! Not only did they all excel, but had one of them NOT done so, the Phils wouldn’t be in their position today. As is often said, there is no “I” in “Team”. But this year in Philly it should probably be spelled ‘tweam’ as that season sure had a ‘WE’ in it! —Marty M.

We’ve compiled today’s newsletter with stories from Mike Jensen, Keith Pompey, Gina Mizell, Scott Lauber, Mike Sielski, Marcus Hayes, Giana Han, Ed Barkowitz, Emily Bloch, Andrea Canales and Cayden Steele.



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