PHILADELPHIA CREAM — Country music star Tim McGraw, son of late Philadelphia Phillies reliever Tug McGraw, received a huge ovation during Game 3 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.
The “I Like It, I Love It” singer wore his father’s No. 45 McGraw Phillies jersey.
Tug McGraw closed the 1980 World Series with a strikeout, jumping into that famous pose to celebrate the Phillies’ first championship. It is also synonymous in Philadelphia with the phrase “You gotta believe it!”
Before the start of the World Series, Tim McGraw tweeted “Let’s go Phillies!” and a video of his father winning the championship over 40 years ago.
Game 3 brought other big names to The Bank.
Philadelphia sports champions Mike Schmidt, Julius Erving, Brandon Graham and Bernie Parent threw the first pitches to 2008 World Series champions Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino.
“Top Gun: Maverick” star Miles Teller, who has been a stadium mainstay this playoff, continued to cheer on the hometown Phillies.
New Jersey native and two-time FIFA World Cup champion Carli Lloyd, 2020 MLB Hall of Fame inductee Derek Jeter, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ star Rob McElhenney, Eagles’ Fletcher Cox and Kate Upton, wife of Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander, were all in attendance to watch the Phillies’ 7-0 victory.
First Lady Jill Biden is expected to attend Game 4 on Wednesday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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