The Phillies have won 13 of their last 15 and are beginning to look like the team we saw from June-October in 2022.
This all began when they brought back Calum Scott’s “Dancing On My Own” on June 3 when they defeated the Nationals 4-2 in Washington D.C. At the time, the Phillies had a 25-32 record and were tied with the Nationals for last place in the NL East. Now they are 38-34 and one game back of the third Wild Card spot.
As we all know, “Dancing On My Own” was the Phillies’ theme song in their playoff run last season, ending with a National League pennant.
In the spring, the Phillies retired the song because they felt it should stick to 2022. “It’s a second-place song,” Kyle Schwarber stated in February.
But following their victory on June 3 in our nation’s capital, Phillies hitting coach Kevin Long entered the clubhouse saying, “Play the f***ing song!”
The Phillies jammed out to “Dancing On My Own” once again. And again, it is played following every win since then. Since, they are 13-2.
I do not know, but it is incredible how this team rallies around this song.
“Hey, man, when the vibes are high, good things can happen,” Garrett Stubbs said.
So why did the Phils determine to blast the song on June 3, which began a winning streak?
“Because we were sucking,” said Stubbs, who is the team’s DJ. “We started saying it was a second-place song, but then we started sucking. We were like, ‘Second place is a whole lot better than what the hell we’ve been doing.’ We might as well bring it back.”
I am a big believer in vibes. In any sport, if the vibes are high, it adds a serious boost to what happens on the field/ice/court. And, well, it seems this remix of a depressing song by Calum Scott is the vibe booster for the Phillies.
But, hey, whatever works.