QC Phillies fan goes viral at World Series
Ethan Wren had fun this week watching his favorite Philadelphia Phillies at home in the World Series and a sign he made went viral.
Moliner, 11, held a sign that read, “School matters but Phillies baseball matters more.” He was featured on MLB’s Instagram and Facebook accounts, with over 370,000 likes and over 10,000 shares. “The players, local and national TV personalities, staff and fans couldn’t get enough of Ethan and his sign,” his mother Aimee said Friday.
“As lifelong Phillies fans, we had no qualms about pulling our boys out of school to hop on a plane to watch the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series,” she said of games 4 and 5 on Wednesday and Thursday nights at Philly’s Citizens. Bank Park. “Of course, we coordinated with their teachers and received their blessings. Thought I could have fun with this and make a sign to take it with us. What happened next was beyond what I expected and certainly created a memory for life.
“The atmosphere was totally different in the game when they won compared to when they lost,” Ethan said Friday afternoon. He made his sign on Monday, before leaving on Tuesday morning and transporting him to airports.
“Luckily everyone saw it and liked it from the start,” Aimee said. “Everyone was very accommodating during our passage through airport security. It was a bit difficult to get it through, but everyone was very supportive.
For both games, the family got seats fairly close to the field, behind the Phillies dugout. Ethan said the attention given to his sign was crazy. The MLB Network featured him for a Thursday night pregame show.
“The show was called The Intentional Talk, and there was live media coverage,” Aimee said. You can see this video on the MLB website.
Ethan took his homework with him and worked on the road. His school was holding half-day parent-teacher conferences on Thursday and today.
“He gets a lot of text messages from his friends, commenting on Instagram posts,” Aimee said.
“My husband grew up being a Phillies fan,” Aimee said of Mitch, whose family was a team manager. His great-grandmother’s brother was former National League President Warren Giles. He was a Moline native who is in the Baseball Hall of Fame (and buried in Moline), and his son was a former Phillies manager.
“We’ve just been around the Phillies for a long time,” Aimee said, noting the team won the series in 2008. Their eldest son Will went with them that year (he was just six months old). to see home games, and the following year the family returned to see the Phillies take on the Yankees in the series.
Will is now 14 and went with them to Philadelphia this week. Ethan is a 6e grader at John Deere Middle School and said he had a lot of jealous friends that he had to go.
They got World Series tickets right after the team won the National League Championship. They paid face value (about $340 each). Aimee works at Rock Island Arsenal and Mitch is an adjuster.
They went to see the NLCS Wild Card Series in St. Louis on October 8, where the Phillies beat the Cardinals. They then beat the Braves and Padres to qualify for the World Series.
“It was exciting that they did so well and had a shot at the World Series,” Ethan said. He was just as excited to see the show as he was to miss school.
His favorite Philadelphia player is Bryce Harper. In Game 5 on Thursday, the Phillies lost, so the Astros have a 3-2 lead going into Game 6 on Saturday night.
Ethan said it might be difficult to come from behind in Houston’s final two games, which will air on Fox 18. Aimee is pretty sure they can do it.