A Hero’s Welcome

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One of the most rewarding things about being affiliated with a Major League Baseball team is the opportunity to be a part of the lives of our fans. Whether it’s helping a parent make a memory with their son or daughter at his or her first game, the Phanatic visiting an auditorium packed with elementary students as part of the Be A Phanatic About Reading Program or a grandparent listening to the Phillies game with their grandchild while playing cards, it’s all gravy for us. But when we can give back to a member of the military – well, that’s really the best thing ever.

This morning, the Phillies, along with the Liberty USO, made a surprise delivery to a local military hero. Sergeant Joe “Joey” Andreacchio, a two-time veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan, just returned from his latest nine-month tour of Afghanistan. He has earned several accolades including most recently the Army Commendation Medal.

Andreacchio was born and raised in Upper Darby, PA and is a sergeant with the 333rd Engineering Company in Reading, PA – US Army Reserve. Besides his incredible job as a soldier, protecting our freedom, he is also a life-long Phillies fan and Sunday season ticket holder. So, the Phillies approached Joey’s family and girlfriend, Corrie Gorman, to organize a very special welcome home including special visitors and a very special message from a certain southpaw currently residing down south.

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Phun Phact: Andreacchio lives with his girlfriend, Corrie Gorman, in Ewing, NJ, whom he met on June 6, 2010, before a Sunday Phillies game. (Phillies Dating Service: Matchmaking like pros. Find your match this summer!)

And now we present the top moments from this morning’s event!

02 sm-phillies-ticket-surprise-2Liberty USO President did the honors of knocking on the door to greet an understandably skeptical Sergeant Andreacchio. He was in for quite a few surprises.

sm-phillies-ticket-surprise-8Woah! Tons of media are on the front lawn of his girlfriend’s parents’ house.  Hope he’s not camera shy!

03 sm-phillies-ticket-surprise-3Oh hey there, Tommy Greene. The former Phillie joined the welcoming party, which also included Phoebe Phanatic and Phillies Ballgirls!

06 sm-phillies-ticket-surprise-4Not only did he receive his Sunday season tickets from this Phillies delivery door-to-door service but also…

04 sm-phillies-ticket-surprise-22Some nice Phillies loot! Not a bad haul, huh?

But the best part may have been when a Phillie who actively supports the military through his foundation called in.

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Yes, the one and only Cole Hamels Face-timed with Sergeant Andreacchio from Bright House Field.

Here’s video of the interaction, with a special appearance by a certain first baseman.

All in all, it was a pretty cool morning for us. If you want to check out more photos from the special ticket delivery, you can do it here!

If you’re a Phillies fan then you probably know that Doc Halladay joined the Twitter universe this week. If you didn’t know, you may be living under a rock – so give him a follow.

Also, check out some tweets from the past week showing a different side of Roy:

Lookin’ good Doc!

Well, that’s all from us. Remember to follow the @Phillies on Twitter and don’t forget to follow your Fightin’ Phils while you’re at it. Until next time!

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