More than 10 weeks have passed since the Philadelphia Phillies made their surprising 2022 World Series appearance against the Houston Astros. All fans wanted was for the team to snap its lengthy postseason drought, but manager Rob Thomson led the team to much greater accomplishments — falling just two wins shy of the franchise's third-ever championship.
This Saturday, the playoff atmosphere will make its highly anticipated return to South Philadelphia, as the Philadelphia Eagles oppose their division-rival New York Giants in the NFC Divisional Round. The Eagles are eyeing their second Super Bowl championship, having previously hoisted the Lombardi Trophy almost five years ago.
The Phillies recently did a cool thing to show support to their Sports Complex neighbors. Wednesday evening, NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark tweeted a photo of a newly hung "Go Birds" banner outside of Citizens Bank Park.
This area of Citizens Bank Park has displayed many banners over the years, such as one that read "MV3" — following star Bryce Harper's 2021 National League Most Valuable Player Award season. For Opening Day 2022, the Phillies hung a "Smash the Bell" banner following their exciting Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber signings last offseason. Then, of course, the Phillies displayed a World Series banner this past fall that many would not have expected to exist when the 2022 season began.
It is pretty cool to now see the Phillies show support to the Eagles, who seek to capture some of the same magic that the Phillies did this past fall during "Red October."
If the Nick Sirianni-led squad is successful and earns an appearance in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12, Philadelphia sports fans will not have to wait long until their favorite baseball team takes the field. Phillies pitchers and catchers are scheduled for their first spring training workout down in Clearwater, Florida, just four days later.