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Top 10 Phillies promotions and giveaways of 2017

Top 10 Phillies promotions and giveaways of 2017

Single-game tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Philadelphia Phillies season and to make picking games easier, here’s a top ten guide to the best promotions and giveaways fans at Citizens Bank Park can enjoy.
 
1. Opening Day Commemorative Knit Hat — April 7 vs. Washington Nationals
Baseball is back in Philadelphia and the team is giving out these sweet knit hats for those cold April nights when the wind is gusting out to left field. Here’s hoping the team will be a little better than the 2-4 record they sported last year when they opened the gates for the first time at Citizens Bank Park.

2. Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Nights — April 10, April 26, May 9
Forgo eating the entire day so that you can do your best Joey Chestnut impression three times this season and see how many of these delicious hot dogs you can down in nine innings of baseball.

3. Ladies Crossbody Tote Bag — May 7 vs. Washington Nationals
This stylish bag is available to women aged 15 and older, and tickets to this game could make the perfect Mother’s Day gift with the team on the road on May 14.

4. Hawaiian Shirt Giveaway — June 18 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Want to stand out in a crowd? Wear this blue Hawaiian shirt the Phillies are giving away to men 15 and older. The game is on Father’s Day, so bring the old man and look outrageous together.

5. Fireworks Shows — July 6 and July 7 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
A staple of the Phillies’ promotional calendar, the Phillies will have their classic fireworks shows a few days after we celebrate Independence Day. Note the early start times of 6:05 and 6:35 on these nights.

6. Mike Schmidt Bobble Figurine — July 8 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Haven’t had enough baseball after taking in back-to-back fireworks shows? This bobblehead of the Hall of Famer will look great on your desk or displayed prominently in your home.

7. Kids Retro Pullover Jacket — July 9 vs. San Diego Padres
You’ll be begging the staff at the gate to give you one of these sweet jackets, for fans 14 and under.

8. Photo Night — July 22 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Another classic Phillies theme night, the popular Photo Night is back. Be sure to arrive early to take photos on the field with your favorite players and make sure your cameras and devices are all charged up.

9. Phanatic Bobble Body — July 30 vs. Atlanta Braves
Fans 14 and under will receive this solar powered Phanatic Bobble Body figurine. You’ll have to drive a hard bargain to pry this one away from your youngster.

10. Back-to-School Alarm Clock — Aug. 27 vs. Chicago Cubs
Another one for kids 14 and under, who will be receiving this awesome alarm clock with the Phanatic’s likeness. You’ll also get a chance to see the reigning World Series Champions.


 
Honorable Mention: May 9 and Sept. 18 — Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley Return
The 2008 team has a special place in the hearts of all Phillies fans. Carlos Ruiz, who never received a full send-off last season, and Chase Utley, who received quite the welcome last year, will be back to play a two-game and three-game series, respectively, with the Mariners and Dodgers.

Ryan Howard, still attempting to sign with a team, could be back as well.

The Giants targeted Eagles CB Jalen Mills a historic amount

The Giants targeted Eagles CB Jalen Mills a historic amount

If it felt as though Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was involved in every other play against the Giants on Sunday, well, that’s actually not too far off.

We knew Mills saw a lot of action. He was shadowing Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for most of the afternoon, which is usually a sure sign a lot of footballs are going to come your way. One look at the box score can tell you Mills finished with a game-high 12 tackles.

That only tells part of the story. The Giants went after Mills so much, it made history.

Mills was targeted 21 times in coverage, according to Pro Football Focus — the highest number any cornerback has faced in over 10 years. PFF’s numbers only date back to 2006, but even if it’s only the most in the last decade, and not all-time, that’s still saying something in the increasingly pass-happy NFL.

To put that in perspective, Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw 47 passes total, so nearly half went to Mills’ man.

And how did Mills fare? Predictably, it was a mixed bag. Manning completed 71.4 percent of those attempts for 119 yards. Thirteen of those targets alone were for Beckham, who finished with nine receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

When you put it like that, it sounds bad. However, the Eagles — Mills included — were playing a lot of off-man coverage and conceding routes underneath. So while Mills allowed a high volume of completions, those plays only amounted to 5.7 yards per attempt.

Granted, Beckham found the end zone twice. More often than not, Mills was limiting Giants receivers to short gains. In fact, the longest completion the second-year defensive back allowed went for 14 yards, as well as only 23 total yards after the catch.

"Besides those (two touchdowns), you always want them back in the red zone," Beckham said. "Both were contested. Both were short. For the most part of the game, I think I played pretty well."

PFF described it as “death by a thousand paper cuts,” but it wasn’t Mills’ death at all. All things considered, he did pretty much what the banged-up Eagles defense needed him to do to secure a victory.

Giants WR Brandon Marshall allegedly spit on Eagles fan

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Giants WR Brandon Marshall allegedly spit on Eagles fan

Odell Beckham Jr. pretended to urinate on the Eagles’ home field, but it was Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall who may have crossed the line with his use of bodily fluids Sunday.

A video shows the unidentified Eagles fan accuse Marshall of spitting on him amid a heated verbal exchange during pregame warmups. It’s unclear what compelled a six-time Pro Bowl selection to have words with some guy wearing a Randall Cunningham throwback jersey, but if Marshall did spit, it was after he was repeatedly challenged to a fight.

There is no visual confirmation as to whether Marshall spit on the man, either, as the footage appears to be shot on the first smartphone ever made. Marshall’s head does make a forward motion as if he were spitting. Then again, some people just have trouble controlling their saliva when they’re yelling, too, leaving open the small-percentage chance this was accidental spittle.

You be the judge.

Spit or not spit, it will be interesting to see if the Eagles and Lincoln Financial Field rethink their policy on allowing fans on the field before certain games after this little — ahem — spat.

(h/t Sporting News)