Philadelphia Phillies: 3 good things that happened in 2020

Alec Bohm #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
Alec Bohm #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images) /
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Fans of the Philadelphia Phillies known as the Phandemic Krew (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

1. Phandemic Krew

The Phandemic Krew, spearheaded by South Jersey’s Oscar Alvarado, of Audubon, and Brett MacMinn, of Haddon Township, will always be remembered from the 2020 season.

The fact that fans were not allowed inside Citizens Bank Park to witness Alec Bohm‘s rookie season, or the team led by new manager Joe Girardi, was surely a disappointment. Yet, the Phandemic Krew still made sure the Philadelphia fan was represented, bringing their ladders, air horns, you name it, to the centerfield fences outside of the venue.

Named after Bryce Harper‘s son, Krew, the Phandemic Krew cheered on the team ever since the start of summer camp. Who could forget, early on in the season, when New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone complained they were making too much noise with air horns?

“When I was doing it when Giancarlo Stanton was batting, we were laughing about it,” Brett said on 97.5 The Fanatic. “I was like, ‘Oscar, I think Boone is complaining about us!'”

Oscar said Boone complaining was definitely a “point of pride” for the group. “You are talking about Boone, who last year said they were ‘savages’; now, they are crying about an air horn,” he said. “There’s no stopping us. We are still going to be out here for the rest of the season.”

The Phandemic Krew did just that, and even got their own bobblehead along the way. It would have been fun to see what they would have done during a Phillies postseason series.

When the gates open again to fans, hopefully in 2021, the Krew will have its own section. What started out as a small group, really became a fixture that will never be forgotten from the 2020 Phillies.

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