Tug McGraw said 'Ya gotta believe' with the Phillies, too

Tug McGraw said 'Ya gotta believe' with the Phillies, too

A sure sign that it's February in the sports world are the manufactured controversies that often lack substance but are designed to stoke responses. For example, take the faux outrage accumulating over the use of Tug McGraw's immortal 'Ya gotta believe' on the freshly painted walls that adorn the Phillies' hallway at Spectrum Field in Clearwater.

Note that Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki for MLB.com didn't seem to find anything amiss about the location of the famous quote. Yet as Tyler Kepner for the New York Times writes, McGraw's saying actually originated as a rallying cry for the Mets in 1973, a fact that some outlets are beginning to seize upon for a good laugh — including the NL East rival itself.

There's no denying McGraw first uttered those words while he was a member of the Mets. Check.

Although, as Kepner points out, McGraw continued using the slogan for years after joining the Phillies in 1975, to the point where it became a personal mantra of his. In fact, the words are inscribed on a plaque in the home team's bullpen at Citizens Bank Park. Check.

But wait, there's more!

Even though McGraw made the words famous as a Met, the Phillies have a better claim to his legacy. McGraw pitched longer for the Phillies than he did for the Mets and made his home in the Philadelphia area, working at a local television station in the 1990s and serving as a spring instructor for the Phillies.

And while McGraw was a vital member of the 1969 Mets, he did not actually pitch in that World Series. In 1980, with the Phillies, he had a win and two saves against the Kansas City Royals, and struck out Willie Wilson for the final out.

Checkmate.

The Phillies may not own McGraw's quote, but the Mets sure as heck don't, either. It's safe to say the walls at Spectrum Field are perfectly acceptable just the way they are.

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New to Philly, Markelle Fultz already has his cheesesteak order down

New to Philly, Markelle Fultz already has his cheesesteak order down

Moving to a new city can be overwhelming. Markelle Fultz already has taken care of one key aspect of living in Philadelphia.

His cheesesteaks.

Fultz stamped off on Larry’s Steaks as his favorite. The Maryland native had visited Philadelphia many times before being drafted by the Sixers and had done his own scouting. 

So it wasn’t a question of where he gets his cheesesteaks, but how he orders them.

“Actually, I do it a different way,” Fultz said. “I usually get chicken and steak. I just get lettuce and a little bit of onions. Just a basic Philly cheesesteak.” 

Fultz also credited his mother for her cheesesteak savvy. 

“I’ll be stealing like half of hers,” he said. 

The Sixers provided Larry’s Steaks cheesesteaks to the media following Fultz’s introductory press conference.

Welcome to Philadelphia, Markelle Fultz.

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Whoops: Morgan Frost deletes harsh tweet about Flyers from past

Whoops: Morgan Frost deletes harsh tweet about Flyers from past

It's a tradition unlike any other.

After a player gets drafted, he gains thousands of new fans and new followers on social media, many of whom decide to go back in time to learn a little more. Oftentimes, these hunts through Twitter history unearth a few posts that probably should have never happened or have been deleted a long time ago.

Enter Flyers draft pick Morgan Frost.

The Flyers traded with the St. Louis Blues to select the 18-year-old Frost with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft on Friday night and immediately, this Tweet surfaced — which has now been deleted.

Life comes at you fast, Morgan.

On that night, the Flyers lost to the Washington Capitals, 7-0, in a game that included a late melee in which Brayden Schenn, involved in this trade, received a game misconduct and goalie Ray Emery traded barbs with Braden Holtby.

In another Tweet, Frost was critical of the move the Flyers made to sign Vinny Lecavalier.

Born in Barrie, Ontario, Frost can root for any team he wants growing up and fans should probably give him some slack on these tweets surfacing, but a message to everyone on the night before you're going to get drafted: go through your feed and delete anything that could find its way onto this blog.