Alec Bohm Tom McCarthy Phillies Screengrab: NBC Sports Philadelphia

It’s been two years since Alec Bohm committed three errors in the field during a 5-4 win over the New York Mets. Bohm, who is known for his bat more than his glove, has always been a bit challenged defensively, but those issues seem maligned, especially in Philadelphia, when fans will let you know about it.

Bohm was caught mouthing “I ******* hate this place” to his then-teammate Didi Gregorius as a chorus of sarcastic cheers serenaded him after he finally made a routine play in the field.

In the heat of the moment, Bohm made an off-hand comment that wasn’t meant for public ears. Cameras caught it, and he later apologized. He acknowledged his emotions were high, and the remark didn’t reflect his true feelings about Philadelphia or its passionate fans.

And that level of honesty resonated with the Philadelphia faithful. A day later, Bohm received a standing ovation, a sign of respect for owning up to his words. Ever since then, he’s become a fan favorite. And while he’ll likely never win a gold glove over at third base, his defense has substantially improved.

And that was on display two years to the date, as Bohm made a sliding grab in foul territory to seal a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. He marked the two-year anniversary with a game-saving — and sealing — play. He also hit a go-ahead home run to put the Phillies ahead for good.

“He loves this place,” play-by-play voice Tom McCarthy said so cleverly. “What a play by Alec Bohm. And the Phillies take Game 1 by a final score of 5-1.”

That he does. And fans loved McCarthy’s call.

Two years ago, Bohm couldn’t buy a defensive play in Philly. Now, he’s making game-saving grabs, and the fans adore him. Baseball is a funny game.

How can you not be romantic about baseball?

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About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.