Oct 28, 2022 - Sports

Matt Lanza on loving both the Astros and Phillies

Three people, including Houston meteorologist Matt Lanza, pose for a photo at the Philadelphia Phillies ballpark

Matt Lanza seen here with his wife and father at a Phillies game. Photo courtesy of Matt Lanza

Space City Weather's Matt Lanza is torn.

  • A New Jersey native, he's not sure whether to support the Philadelphia Phillies or Houston Astros during this year's World Series.

Driving the news: We interviewed Lanza about what it's like to be a fan of both teams vying for the World Series title.

  • "It's a weird feeling," Lanza tells Axios. "When we moved here, it was when the Phillies were coming off their peak and the Astros were at the bottom of their trough."
  • "I thought maybe there was a chance [the Phillies and the Astros] could meet one day in an important game or something, but I didn’t think it'd be the World Series," Lanza adds. "It's really awesome to have it come to fruition."

Lanza's prediction: "Personally, I'm rooting for seven games and a lot of fun. My heart is Phillies in seven, but my gut is Astros in six."

If you're a Phillies fan like Lanza, a small enclave of Philadelphians in the Bayou City will host a watch party at Little Woodrow's at 720 Shepherd Drive in the Heights.

The bottom line: Lanza has a message for Phillies fans.

  • "[Jose] Altuve's a good dude," Lanza adds. "Boo him because he’s on the Astros, but don't boo him because of whatever you believe about the Astros."

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