Phillies Fandemonium

The Voodoo Kid Fan
The Voodoo Kid Fan
C.J. OTTINGER

It was a warm summer night midway through the Phillies' spectacular August run last year. With the team down 9-2 to the Dodgers going into the bottom of the eighth, the cameras zoomed in on C.J. Ottinger, an eight-year-old boy in the front row of Section 118, wriggling his fingers as if to curse the Dodgers pitchers - and it worked. The Phils rallied to a 10-9 victory, and C.J., a third-grader from Vineland, NJ, captured our imagination as an amulet for his favorite team. The Phillies "make us feel like champions and give us something to come together and get excited about," he says. "Also, they make me like playing baseball more."

 
 

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