There are so many fantastic layers to the Arizona Diamondbacks NLCS win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Some of the more obvious angles are being hammered into the sales pitch for why this World Series is worth watching, such as the D-Backs being the last team in but one of the final two left standing.
Arizona clinched the final NL Wild Card spot in the last few days of the season and promptly swept two division winners. It's the type of underdog story that sports romantics pray for, and the Diamondbacks have delivered.
On the field, the team has proven they belong in the World Series, but off it, players are flexing in ways that suggest the team is feeling itself in all the right ways. Lost in the awesomeness of the Diamondbacks winning the pennant was what happened during the homestand of the NLCS.
MLB, in its quest to grow the game, scheduled the first NLCS home game in Arizona for 2pm local time on a weekday. The game came after a 10-0 beatdown in Game 2, which prompted Phillies fans to start buying cheap tickets they never intended to use in order to silence the crowd.
It's something that didn't work and wasn't forgotten by Zac Gallen.
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Gallen struggled in his two NLCS starts, going 0-2 but getting managing to log a victory over Phillies fans before moving on.
After the D-Backs eliminated Philly, Gallen went on social media to let Phillies fans know where they can buy tickets to their next game. It was in direct reponse to the whole ticket controversey from Game 3, and it was absolutely perfect.
A win is a win, even if it doesn't come while you're on the mound.
Unlike the Phillies, Gallen will be back on the mound on Friday to start Game 1 of the World Series. It's not just that the D-Backs won the NLCS that should give fans confidence the same thing can happen in the World Series, it's how they did it.
Arizona was cooked after Game 2, but battled back to win back-to-back games at home to even the series and again in hostile Philly to win it. Texas is no joke, coming into the World Series on an absolute heater and under similar circumstances to the Diamondbacks other three opponents.
Three times Arizona has heard that the team they're playing in October is lucky to have drawn them and not the team they just beat, and they've rode the wave this far. Gallen has a chance to redeem himself in Game 1, and it's clear the killer spirit is alive in the Arizona clubhouse.