No matter what happens on Tuesday night in Game 7, there's no questioning that this Philadelphia Phillies team is special. The talent is there, of course, but the chemistry, the fun and the undeniable "it" factor is a rare combination that teams spend years trying to capture.
When you've got lightning in a bottle like this, you need to appreciate it. Because even in baseball, teams don't stay together forever.
Enjoy watching these Phillies players while you can this postseason, because a Game 7 loss could mean you never see them playing for Philadelphia again.
1. Craig Kimbrel
This one may actually be welcome news for some Phillies fans. Kimbrel had a strong start to the postseason, turning in four scoreless one-inning appearances, but he’s fallen apart in the NLCS.
Kimbrel came to Philly on a 1-year, $10 million contract, and while he proved worth that money in the regular season, those recent struggles will obviously leave a negative taste in the franchise’s mouth.
The 35-year-old also doesn’t seem interested in playing on anything but one-year mercenary contracts either, having signed one with the Dodgers in 2022 before doing so with the Phillies this season. He’s not likely to show any special loyalty to the Phils, and plenty of contenders will be calling to find out his asking price.