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.

John Kruk pranked Chase Utley after his first career hit

John Kruk pranked Chase Utley after his first career hit

Philly Mag has a quick hitting Q&A with new Phillies broadcaster and all-around funny dude John Kruk. The man enjoys mayo on his cheesesteaks, has a swearing problem, and really loves his golf clubs.

Those are just a couple of things you can learn about Kruk from the piece, but the one about the time he pranked Chase Utley is worth sharing.

The best prank I ever pulled ... was on Chase Utley. His first hit in the big leagues was a grand slam for the Phillies. It was his first day. We set this thing up where we called him into Larry Bowa’s office and said, "Your papers weren't submitted in time. You were an illegal player. It doesn't count." He screamed, "Eff all of you!" and walked out.

Chase may have been pretty but he wasn't dumb. It counted.

Look forward to catching more Kruk tales all season long on CSNPhilly's telecast of Phillies games.

You can enjoy Utley's first hit, sans prank, called by the great Harry Kalas below.

Video of LaVar Ball getting whooped in a rec-league game surfaces

Video of LaVar Ball getting whooped in a rec-league game surfaces

LaVar Ball, he's easy to hate.

Now he's easy to laugh at. A video has surfaced showing Ball in a rec-league game looking helpless against mere mortals. One can only wonder now how the brash father would have fared against greats like Michael Jordan or Charles Barkley in a one-on-one game ... at any age.

If you have five free minutes today, you can witness Ball get stuffed down in the paint twice and look even more incompetent on offense.

Most would think that Ball would dominant these "rec-league scrubs." But talk is always cheap.

Ball averaged 22.2 points per game at West LA College ... community college. Ball also played at Washington State (Division I) and Cal State LA (division II).

He averaged 15.8 ppg and 8.9 rebounds per game at Cal State LA, but only mustered a mere 2.2 ppg and 2.3 rpg in 26 games for Washington State.

Apparently, Ball has talked a big game his entire life. Per Rich Cimini with ESPN, Ball was just as cocky when on the New York Jets practice team.

Ball never made it out of the two training camps he attended in 1994 and '95.

So, if the video of Ball playing against your average rec-league players does not reassure the fact he would never beat MJ in a game of one-on-one, then try watching a computer simulation of Ball vs. Jordan.

The result ... not surprising.