Christopher Laffey, 36, a country-music songwriter from Havertown, was driving down the shore during the summer of 2010, listening to the Phillies game on the car radio, when the phrase hit him: "Love Our Fightin’ Phillies!" Then the tune hit him. And then he hit the beach, broke out his old-school notebook, and started humming and writing and going with the flow.
"At first, I wanted to put Charlie Manuel in," he told SportsWeek in his native Irish brogue, "but then I thought, ‘No! Go with Phillies history so fans can play the song 20 years from now and it will still be timeless.’ So I kept thinking, ‘Harry Kalas, Tug McGraw, Phillie Phanatic,’ and then, wow! It just hit me! I had my chorus right there!"