Guess Who’s Back? Back Again.

It was the return of both the polar vortex AND Billy Joel to Citizens Bank Park this summer, some of your favorite Phils returning to the ballpark for our Offseason Minor League Banquet Week and the solo return of Cody Asche for an @Phillies #CodyChat. Lots of goings on this week, lots.

Sing Us A Song, You’re The Piano Man Phan…

First up, here’s a video gem of the Phanatic doing his best rendition of Billy Joel’s greatest hits during yesterday’s press conference announcing Joel’s return to Philadelphia after five long years.

Fortunately for everyone, the real Piano Man will take the stage at CBP on Saturday, August 2nd. Tickets go on sale next week so make sure you get them, Big Shot. Seriously, if you haven’t seen him live in concert, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket – Mr. William Joel is truly awesome.

Side Note: Also coming this summer and bringing some country flavor to CBP is Jason Aldean. So, grab your cowboy boots and get ready…It should be a great weekend for music at CBP.

So Speaking of Allentown…

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Incredible segueway using a Billy Joel song, we know.

As part of the Offseason Minor League Banquet Week, the Phillies traveled west to Lehigh Valley IronPigs‘ territory for their annual Phillies Winter Banquet on Thursday. The event, which is also the flagship fundraising event for IronPigs Charities, features players and personnel from the Phillies. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, third baseman Cody Asche, outfielder Darin Ruf, right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, broadcaster Scott Franzke and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. attended the event. The week is sort of a homecoming for some of the Phils who played for the affiliates before hitting the big leagues, including Ruf who took time to pose with a fan.

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The Williamsport Crosscutters‘ hosted their sold out 8th annual Hot Stove Banquet on Monday and welcomed the Phillies, including Sandberg, Asche and broadcaster Gregg Murphy. A portion of the proceeds benefited Lycoming County Special Olympics. 

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The Lakewood BlueClaws also had a stop on the banquet circuit on Wednesday where they hosted Sandberg, Ruf, Pettibone and broadcaster Tom McCarthy. Looks like they had a good time according to Ryno.

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Lastly, thanks to Winter Storm Janus, the Reading Fightin Phils’ stop was postponed.

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 Thus proving another reason why we can’t wait for spring training to get here already and this winter to be OVER!

Tweet of the Week

We love to see the brotherly love in our great city of Philadelphia, especially between our guys and our sports complex neighbors. After hanging with fans for an@Phillies #CodyChat (check out the see ya later selfie above), Smasche took in his first Flyers game and shared his excitement with the Twitter world.

And that’s all from us. TGIF and see you next time.

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