EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Nola opens up on 2022 World Series run and eyes a return to the postseason

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

I had the opportunity to talk with Aaron Nola on Monday evening at his Bowling for the Troops charity event.

It was a wonderful outing, all in part to raise money for Team Red, White, and Blue, an organization created to support veterans’ health after their service.

The charity night was sponsored by Yuengling and the Phillies, amongst several other sponsorships. Members of the team, including players, coaches, front office staff, TV and Radio personalities, and even the owner John Middleton, were all in attendance.

Here is the full recording of my time with Aaron:

Aaron Nola values the support of the Phillies

I asked Aaron how it felt to have the support of his teammates and the organization behind him.

Aaron Nola replied to me with a smile saying, “It’s great, man. When my teammates have charity events, I love going out to them to support them. I love hearing and learning about other organizations and charities that they are supporting.”

The Phillies’ ace would also go on to mention how important it was for him to use his platform for good. He recognized how he knows that baseball won’t last forever, but the impact of giving back will last a lot longer. He was proud to be able to work with Team Red, White, and Blue, and he seemed really pleased with how the event was turning out.

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Party Time

We all saw the excellent celebrations from the Phillies clubhouse in their 2022 post-season run. Legendary memes, photos, and videos were born from these celebrations, and the joy that the Phillies brought us will last a lifetime.

I got the chance to ask Aaron Nola if he thought there were any good photos of him from the playoff run, and his response was golden.

Nola told me about how much fun the team had last year and that the memories that the team made will last a lifetime. It was clear that the playoffs and World Series were on his mind, as he talked about wanting to finally be able to win it all. He mentioned how your stats and individual play are secondary and the memories you form with your teammates, and the journey of chasing down the trophy.

Asking Aaron Nola the question on everyone’s lips

Lastly, I had to give Aaron Nola a tough question.

I asked the Phillies star if he could share a Yuengling with any player, past or present, who would it be?

Yuengling, of course, sponsored the event but also is notoriously Aaron’s favorite beer.

The question wasn’t an easy one, as you could hear in his response that he was searching for an answer true to himself.

The player that he landed on: John Kruk, the Phillies Wall of Famer, and current television broadcaster. Everyone loves John Kruk, and I guarantee most fathers have uttered the phrase, “I would love to share a beer with John Kruk.”

I thought it was the perfect answer and actually found it a little surprising that he hadn’t had the chance to do so yet. But hopefully, with continued success, the Phillies and John Kruk can share some adult beverages together in celebration this season.