Oct 28, 2022 - Sports

World Series travel guide for Phillies fans headed to Houston

Brandon Marsh #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies participates in the World Series workout day at Minute Maid Park on October 27, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

Phillies' Brandon Marsh #16 participates in the World Series workout day at Houston's Minute Maid Park on Thursday. Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

If you find yourself in Houston for Game 1 or 2 of the World Series, we've got you covered on all fronts.

Driving the news: Houston is Astros territory, but a small enclave of Philadelphians in the Bayou City will host a watch party for Phillies fans at Little Woodrow's in the Heights neighborhood.

While you're in town, you can also get a taste of home with what's considered the best cheesesteak, at least by renowned Houston meteorologist Matt Lanza of Space City Weather.

  • Lanza, a New Jersey transplant, is torn between his love for the Phillies and recent fandom of the Astros.
  • He suggests trying Pappa Geno's, Vito's Famous or Nick's Place.
  • Vito's allegedly imports its rolls from Jersey, so there's that.

The intrigue: 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 told 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 Astros] could meet one day in an important game or something, but I didn't think it'd be the World Series," Lanza said. "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."

The bottom line: "I want Phillies fans to understand [Jose] Altuve's a good dude," Lanza added. "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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