For 46 years, the boys in Baseballtown (Reading, Pa) proudly wore the Phillies Red, White and Blue. For 46 years, they were a AA minor league affliate for the Philadelphia Phillies. And, for 46 years, they were called the Reading Phillies.
Today, that changed.
Baseballtown still proudly wears Phillies pinstripes.
Reading still houses the Phillies AA team. (Tied for the longest affiliation in baseball.)
They are no longer the Reading Phillies.
The name jump is huge. I have no idea where their new name came from. (Yes, that is sarcasm.)
The Reading Phillies are now…
(wait for it..)
The Reading Fightin’ Phils!
Wow! Shocking name!
Reading is taking the moniker of the longtime nickname of their parent team. Back in the 1960′s, the Phillies were often referred to as the Fightin’s (F, not Ph) and that name has stuck ever since.
The ties between the two cities and teams may have just gotten stronger, if that is at all possible.
Yup, they look like Phillies uniforms alright.
I have no clue what is up with ostrich, but apparently that’s the new mascot. I would love a clue about what that is all about? Bueller? Bueller?
I however agree with most of Twitter when they decided that a prime opportunity of calling the team the Reading Rainbows was lost!
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