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In preparation for tonight’s Fiat Italian Heritage Night, the bullpen played a little makeshift bocce baseball during the rain delay in Atlanta over the weekend.

But besides lawn games, there are many ways to celebrate those who have descended from that beautiful boot-shaped landmass in the Mediterranean. Here’s how we’re paying homage tonight:

Accordions, string bands and opera – oh my!

IMG_2581Catch this guy, Joseph Soprani aka accordion player extraordinaire, roaming the concourse of Citizens Bank Park and spreading musical cheer along the way prior to the start of the game.

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The Verdi Band will also perform on-field during pregame to the delight of your ears. Also happening: OperaPhila will perform the national anthem and members of the Philadelphia Opera Company as well as the Munier Mandolin Orchestra will perform at the entrance gates.

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IMG_2619Adorable mascot inside an also adorable vehicle. Can’t go wrong really. Watch them take a lap around the warning track prior to the game. Fiat will also have displays outside of the entrance gates so you can get extremely close to these Italian automobiles.

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In addition to the musical stylings and cars of Italian origin, there will of course be food!

The always-delicious sausage, peppers and onions sandwiches, pizza, etc. – you know, the usual suspects – will be served in their normal ballpark concession stands. But some specialty, dare we say delectable, foods will also be available to the delight of your taste buds. Homemade cannolis as well as the South Philly dog, which is a hot dog with broccoli rabe, long hot peppers and sharp provolone cheese will be served at the Italian Night Stand next to Tony Luke’s in the Alley Brewing Company window.

Unfortunately, we ate the food before photos could be taken, womp womp. #SorryNotSorry

So find your inner Italian Stallion and head over to the ballpark tonight for what we hope is a virtual transportation to beautiful Italia for one and all!

AND We’re Back!

The All-Star break has come and gone. Yes, the AL won but it was overall a great game. Check out All the GIFs you need to see from the 2014 #ASG.

Anywho, the conclusion of the All-Star game and week of festivities means the second half of the baseball season is officially upon us. But don’t worry – there’s still plenty of Phillies baseball to come as the summer continues!

I’m Seein’ Stars

First, let’s take a moment to congratulate our very own Phillies All-Star second baseman, Chase Utley, for his performance during the #ASG. His RBI double, which was just shy of being a home run,  in the second inning got the National League on the board…also, his dance moves are now legendary.

Overall, we here at the Phillies are really proud of The Man, aren’t you?

And Away We Go!

We really love a good theme, don’t you? Let’s look ahead to the upcoming Phillies theme nights and promotions that lie ahead for each and every one of you. The Phillies front office has been hard at work putting together some incredible events – literally there is something for everyone.

May the Force be with you

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Grab your light saver, get dressed up as your favorite character and head to the ballpark for the inaugural Phillies Star Wars Night at CBP on Friday, August 22! This theme night also benefits Stand Up 2 Cancer so we’re obviously hoping to use the Force for good over here. Clearly. Better hurry – tickets are going fast and only the first 1,000 fans to purchase this special ticket will receive the awesome collectible giveaway, which happens to be pictured above.

Country + Baseball = Merica

 

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For country fans of all ages (and who isn’t a country fan nowadays?), this night’s for you. Grab your cowboy boots and come claim your own Phillies cowboy hat for an evening of great country music, entertainment and baseball – c’mon, what’s more American than that? Be a part of the first-ever Phillies Country Night on Tuesday, August 5th!

Keep Back 401 Ft. 

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Join all the real-life  heroes aka Philadelphia Police and Firefighters being celebrated at CBP on Thursday, September 11th. Those who purchase this theme night ticket will also receive this t-shirt, which is pretty fantastic.

These are just a few of our favorite upcoming theme nights but there are tons more. Which are your favs?

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Most of the team went back home for a mini vacation during the All-Star Break to see friends and family but  A.J. Burnett headed to the Jersey Shore with the fam for his break – good times!

Until next time! Now let’s get back to baseball!

School’s Out For Summer.

(Sorry Alice Cooper but the Chipmunks are much cuter.)

As the Phillies are road tripping in Atlanta (#sweepvictory, baby!) and head on to St. Louis tomorrow night with a game time of 8:15pm, the front office is in full prep mode for this upcoming weekend as the first official day of summer, Saturday, June 21, and the glorious time of year when school ends and summer vacation begins is officially upon us. Feels good, right?

The Boys of Summer return to Philly next week for a seven-day, eight-game homestand which includes a double-header, XFINITY fireworks, Apple Vacations Photo Day, a Jimmy Rollins celebration and tribute for his achievement as the All-Time Phillies Hits Leader as well as other great promotions and theme nights. Check out all that’s in store here.

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One of the things everyone is looking forward to is Jimmy’s tribute night on Monday, June 23. All fans will receive a print commemorating the historic event which took place on Saturday, June 14 when Jimmy broke Mike Schmidt’s All-Time Hits record after reaching 2,235 hits. It’s a pretty spectacular feat on its own.

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When Michael Jack Schmidt walked to first base to congratulate him, well that made the day even more special. There are surprises and special guests in store for this upcoming Monday, an event you don’t want to miss as we celebrate history made once again at Citizens Bank Park!

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The Phillies traveled back in time this past homestand to the swinging ’60s. Part of the weekend was a celebration of Jim Bunning’s perfect game, which happened 50 years ago on Father’s Day. Mr. Bunning participated in #perfectchat on Twitter which was pretty cool as well as threw out the first pitch while close to 40 members of his immediate family looked on.

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We wanted to take a moment to remember Mr. Padre, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sr., who passed away earlier this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony Gwynn Jr. and the entire Gwynn family during this difficult time. Tony Jr. took to Twitter following his father’s passing and shared an emotional message regarding the impact his dad had on his life.

Until next time, enjoy the day and stay cool.

Vote Early, Vote Often

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In our beautiful nation, we have the right to vote for those we want to represent us – we’re not talking politics here, we’re talking All-Star Game! It’s the mid-summer classic event that brings the best of the best, the creme de la creme, the peak of freshness…well, the All-Stars of Major League Baseball together to compete for glory and home field advantage for the World Series.

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Chase Utley – You are the man.

Which brings us to a very important second baseman. He needs you. Right now he’s leading all National League 2B with a ton of votes. (So, good work so far to those voting!). But let’s keep a good thing going shall we? Head to get your online voting on here. Last time an update for vote tallies came out, Chase was approaching a million – let’s get him there!  And while you’re at it, feel free to vote for some other Phillies too.

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I’m Seein’ Stars…Teacher All-Stars

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Speaking of All-Stars…Every person can think back on their school days and remember that one teacher who made an impact on their life then and now. If you’re lucky, a few amazing educators may come to mind. We’re asking Phillies fans to choose from three amazing, inspiring and awesome teachers from the Delaware Valley to represent our club at this year’s All-Star Game on July 15th in Minnesota. They were selected from thousands of nominations and are each incredible – so it’s going to be really tough to choose. But we know you can do it, Phillies fans. Head over to AllStarTeachers.comread their stories and then make your selection. It’s quick, easy and important – so do it today!

Oh, and you can also campaign for your pick by hitting up Twitter and using #MyAllStarTeacher. #JustSayin

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Speaking of tweetin’…

As we’re in the middle of the MLB First-Year Draft, here’s a nice #TBT from JP Crawford…last year’s pick!

That’s all for now…have a great weekend and watch some Phils baseball as they head to the Midwest to take on the Reds!

Can you Can, Can, Can?

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Can you believe that we’re halfway through the month of May? As in, we’re approaching Memorial Day weekend people. We’re hoping your upcoming weekend plans surround trips to Citizens Bank Park for some good, ole’ fashioned family fun at a ballgame. (There are plenty of games to choose from for our upcoming 11-game homestand.) Anywho, as families and friends start making summer plans, of course, we wanted to make sure you remembered one thing: Hunger doesn’t take a vacation or break during the summer.

That’s right – families, including thousands of kids, all over the Delaware Valley are in need and we’re asking for your help in our 4th annual Phans Feeding Families initiative, in partnership with manager Ryne Sandberg and his wife, Margaret, and Phillies sponsors. The program, which raises money and collects food to feed nearly 1 million people in our area that are at risk for hunger, benefits Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization.

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It’s simple really. Grab some canned goods, peanut butter, pasta or any other non-perishable food item and donate it to the cause. It will make you feel a little like Superman (or Superwoman) as you help us fight hunger in your own backyard.

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We held the first of many upcoming food drives last Saturday with the ShopRite Partners in Caring Food Drive right on Citizens Bank Way. It could not have been a more beautiful day and fans came out to support our efforts and had an impromptu dance party at the same time.

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Phillies alumni got into the act with Greg “Bull” Luzinski, Gary “Sarge” Matthews and Tommy Greene lending a hand and signing autographs for fans.

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Even the Phanatic joined the fun as he did the Can, Can with some ShopRite dancers and helped fans donating food lift some heavy bags.

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Check out how you can get involved in the Phans Feeding Families initiative, including participating in upcoming food drives and events happening throughout the summer right here.

 

I’ll Always Love My Mama

#1. Sweet red velvet suits, guys.

#2. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there! We’re in New York this weekend against the Mets but we’re still celebrating motherhood and the amazing women in our lives all Sunday long! Here’s a preview of some photos we’re planning to send on our social media accounts to help celebrate the day:

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He’ll always love his mama.

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All smiles for Dom, his mom and girlfriend!

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Of course, Chase shows his mom major love.

Be on the lookout for posts sent on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the day of our players and their mamas. Too sweet.

Angels in the Outfield…of Citizens Bank Park

Seriously, one of the best Disney/baseball movies ever. Hands down.  Also, did you know Matthew McConaughey was in that movie? We forgot too.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will head to Philadelphia for a two-game series and some additional interleague play for the Fightin Phils next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Check out the Wistar Melanoma Awareness sunglasses being given away to all fans at the Tuesday 7:05 p.m. game – as modeled by Phillies Broadcasters Matt Stairs, Mike Schmidt and Tom McCarthy. Lookin’ good guys.

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Need a Doctor’s Note?

The series wraps up  on Wednesday with a 1:05pm Citizens Bank Businessperson’s Special. Do yourself a favor and call out sick.  The weather forecast is looking great for some weekday afternoon baseball. We promise not to tell your boss – get your tickets here.

Side Note: Seniors be strollin’…around the bases. If you’re 55 and over, you better be here to strut your stuff around the diamond postgame for Modell’s Seniors Stroll the Bases also on Wednesday.

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We knew you wouldn’t make us choose our favorite!

Marlon was pretty stoked about his Oyo action figurine.

Cody and Jake showed their support for a good cause.

And Ryne and Margaret Sandberg visited Derrick Redcay last weekend.

Until next time, have a fantastic weekend and don’t forget about Mom!

Guess Who’s Back?

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Keep up your heels! It’s here: Friday, that wonderful day of the week…and the weekend is in sight, in all its glory.  So magical. But before you head off for a weekend of fun, we just wanted to let you know something.

Yes, that’s right. With the West Coast trip winding down, (those late night starts were really beginning to put a damper on beauty sleep, huh?), the Phillies will come back to us to begin a homestand filled with NL East rivals and a visit from Canada too.  Here are a few things you’ll need to know to fully prepare for the upcoming homestand:

#1. Dollar Dogs Ya’ll

Seriously, there’s no better deal than a dollar dog at a baseball game.  Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Night returns not once but twice this homestand on Tuesday, April 29 and Monday, May 5. Bring a $20 and make some friends at CBP. Top them with ketchup, mustard, onions, relish, hot sauce – hey, we don’t judge here. How do you top your dogs?

#2. SCIENCE

On Tuesday, April 29, the Phillies, for the 4th consecutive year, will celebrate all the cool things science has to offer with the Philadelphia Science Festival Night. Fans can check out more than a dozen fun and interactive exhibits from The Phillies, Dow (we’re talking an actual racecar, people), NASA, the Franklin Institute and many more organizations! Kids can explore the various stations throughout the ballpark, complete tasks to collect stamps on a Citizens Bank Park map and earn a prize for visiting five or more locations. Check out all the details here.

#3. Chris Earhart!

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We wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes a household name following this performance. The first-ever Phillies R U Game? Talent Search winner is performing the national anthem on-field on Wednesday, April 30. The man is talented – wait until you see it! We’re beyond excited about this.

#4. Moms Rock.

Motown Philly group Boyz II Men said it best. Moms are not only special but they’re pretty rockin’ too. They also like presents. We’re giving out a very stylish Phillies derby hat for the StubHub Mother’s Appreciation Day to all ladies 15 and over on Sunday, May 4. Bring your mama and she’ll know just how much you care! Also, Domonic Brown is showing his mom some love during pregame on Sunday with a special recognition on-field. You don’t want to miss this day dedicated to moms!!

#5. Sundays are the best days to celebrate at CBP

Bring the fam to a Sunday game and be delighted with deals on food, entertainment and, of course, Phillies baseball.  There’s not much more you can ask for! Check out all the details, including discounted ICE CREAM, here. P.S. These specials are taking place each and every Sunday home game.

So get your tickets and head to a few games this upcoming week and weekend. The boys are back in town – for you!

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Not sure which we love more: The red socks, Phillies red of course, or the sleeping Ben Revere.  #SleepyBenny

 

Earth Day Came Early to CBP!

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Christmas come early…well, sort of. We didn’t have Santa BUT we did have Citizens Bank Red Goes Green Day! The program launched in 2008 and continues to grow (pun intended) both within the confines of Citizens Bank Park and all across the Delaware Valley. The Phillies celebrated Earth Day (which will actually take place on April 22) with a ballpark-wide Citizens Bank Red Goes Green Day prior to and during Thursday’s game against the Braves.

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Things kicked off with Phils third baseman Cody Asche, Phillies president David Montgomery, ARAMARK’s regional director Brian Hastings, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Drew Becher and the Phanatic who joined in to ceremonially plant a tree in Cody’s name as part of the Phillies’ Home Runs for Trees program. For each home run a Phillies player hits, a tree will be planted through the Plant One Million program with a goal of restoring the region’s tree population. The Lorax would be so proud! (We speak for the trees…too!)

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Fans also received a very awesome Red Goes Green tote, compliments of MLB Network – perfect for bringing home groceries in lieu of using a plastic bag!

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Local “green” vendors were stationed at the ballpark entrance gates to showcase the various ways fans can get green while wearing their Phillies red. For a full list of the “green” vendors, check it out right here.

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Also in the mix, the bases were lined with snazzy Phillies Red Goes Green jewels and fans were treated to tips on PhanaVision before and during the game – all in the name of mother Earth.

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The Phillies recognized Gail Reinhart from Welch Elementary School as the winning teacher in the 2014 Citizens Bank Phillies Red Goes Green Sustainability Initiative Contest as well. Gail is a third grade teacher and runs the Ecology Club where she leads her students in many projects, including maintaining a meadow project, discovering new ways to conserve water and lots more cool, Earth-friendly stuff!

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The Phillies beat the Braves AND we learned how to be a bit greener and friendlier to the Earth. Not a bad day.

Honoring 42

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A truly significant moment in Major League Baseball history occurred 67 years ago today when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Phillies, along with Major League Baseball, will pay tribute to this milestone with a “Jackie Robinson Salute” at Citizens Bank Park prior to today’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Braves. Here are some highlights for our Jackie Robinson Salute:

The entire Phillies team will wear #42 in honor of Jackie.

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A life-size, hand-carved and painted wooden statue of Jackie Robinson will be on display in the Left Field Plaza of Ashburn Alley for fans to take photos. The statue, which weighs over 250 pounds and stands over 6 feet tall, was created by sculptor Brian Birrer and took over 900 hours to transform from over 50 pieces of Walnut, Pine and Basswood.

Mahlon Duckett, second baseman and the only surviving player from the historic Philadelphia Stars, will be honored on the field. The Philadelphia Stars was in existence from 1934 to 1952 and won the 1934 Negro National League pennant. Phillies players will help pay tribute to this living legend on-field.

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A photo taken during last year’s pregame.

Members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, who made history at the same time Jackie Robinson broke the “color line” in Major League Baseball, will be the honor guard for the game.

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The national anthem will be sung by Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo-soprano and Academy of Vocal Arts Resident Artist.

In addition, fans can watch the Phillies’ “I am 42″ video tribute to Jackie Robinson, which will be played on PhanaVision.

Fans will also receive a Jackie Robinson print (photo at the top of this post) with quotes from manager Ryne Sandberg and Phillies players on Jackie Robinson and his impact on them on the back.

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We couldn’t choose one so here are a few Phillies  players expressing what Jackie meant to them on this day:

 

Chooch’s Turn to Throw a Strike

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He’s used to his role behind the plate and catching strikes from the likes of Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.  But last night, Carlos Ruiz was doing a pretty good job of throwing them himself as he hosted the Philadelphia Futures Get in the Game bowling event held at North Bowl in Northern Liberties. All proceeds from the evening support Philadelphia Futures’ academic enrichment and college guidance activities for students. The player and coaching staff came out in full force with outstanding representation at the fundraiser as well.  Gotta support Chooch, right? Especially when it’s for a great cause.

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Festive ambiance

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Check out Howard’s skills

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Some happy fans and our manager, Ryne Sandberg, and his wife, Margaret.

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Such a turkey…

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Phillies President, David Montgomery, and Jimmy Rollins chat with some attendees.

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Attendees got their silent auction of great Phillies memorabilia on as well

For more info on what the Phillies are up to when they’re off the field and making a difference, check out phillies.com/community!

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