Milwaukee Brewers' Rhys Hoskins tips his cap to the crowd during the baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, June 3, 2024, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 3-1. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Rhys has always had a flair for the dramatic.

Upon first entering the league as a 24-year-old rookie, he slammed 18 home runs in his first 34 games. It was wild.

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During the 2022 playoffs, Hoskins became a postseason legend, with monster bombs in the National League Championship Series against the San Diego Padres that were crucial in punching the team’s ticket to the Fall Classic. But none of those moments could ever be topped by one of the most insane moments in franchise history.

The Bat Spike.

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We were robbed of Hoskins’ farewell season in 2023 with his torn ACL in spring training, and when Bryce Harper and the front office decided Bryce Harper’s future with the Phils was at first base, and that it was imperative for Kyle Schwarber to be the everyday designated hitter, it became clear Hoskins would be moving on to another home.

Make no mistake, Hoskins’ impact on the city cannot be understated. He was beloved not just for what he did on the field, but for his charitable work and charisma off the field. He was also the first of the Phils’ prospects following the 2007-11 glory years that actually panned out.

He was the first player that gave us hope the rebuild wouldn’t last forever.

Last night, Hoskins returned home, and stole the show.

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In the second inning, Hoskins came to the plate for the first time and received a rousing standing ovation from the Philly faithful. It even choked up the Brewers broadcast team.

After walking in the top of the 5th, Hoskins had a brief family reunion with his good buddy Bryce.

Hoskins then stole second base on another good buddy, J.T. Realmuto. After swiping the bag, Hoskins gave Realmuto a knowing smile. Of course, their roles were reversed seconds later when Hoskins tried to score on a single up the middle, only to be thrown out at home, tagged out by Realmuto.

Hoskins got his revenge with his solo home run to left in the 7th, accounting for the only run Milwaukee would score in the Phils’ 3-1 victory Monday night. The Phillies won the war, beating the first place Brewers with another outstanding outing by NL Cy Young front-runner Zack Wheeler. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a scenario that could have gone any better for the sold-out crowd in attendance.

They got to show their appreciation to one of their favorite all-time players, witness some pure fun on the field between players who clearly love each other, and got to see him hit a dinger, but not at the expense of a Phils victory.

It’s also clear the slugger misses his friends and the fanbase here in Philadelphia, but it’s heartening to see him play well in his new digs. Hoskins is a no-doubt future Wall of Famer and perhaps the most beloved player never to have made an All Star team in franchise history.

Beloved players have come and gone. Not everyone is going to get a Chase Utley-like reception, but that’s because Utley was one of the best players of his generation and won a title in the city. Hoskins didn’t quite reach those levels, but as he proved once again on Monday night, he has a knack for being the showman, reveling in his role as the center of attention.

It takes a special kind of player to fulfill that role in a humble, down-to-earth way, but that’s why everyone loves Rhys Hoskins.

For one night at least, Hoskins was at the center of everything in his return to Philly. On the latest Hittin’ Season episode, we discussed Hoskins’ return to Philadelphia in-depth and, somehow, no one cried.

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