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.

Joel Embiid is the Joel Embiid of trash talking

Joel Embiid is the Joel Embiid of trash talking

Joel Embiid was back in the gym on Wednesday afternoon after enjoying his All-Star break down in New Orleans and appears like he's ready to get back out on the court this weekend.

“I hope that they’re going let me play,” Embiid said after practice on Wednesday. “I feel great. I want to play. If it was my decision, I’d be playing.”

The team doctor's aren't so sure. Joel is currently listed as doubtful for both of the Sixers games this weekend.

But that didn't stop JoJo from talking some smack with one of his favorite teammates, Dario Saric, while battling in a little one-on-one after practice.

Embiid was seen by reporters using some colorful language directed in Saric's direction, screaming "you can't ****-ing guard me!" while the two went at it.

The chatter didn't stop there. Embiid was later asked about the one-on-one and unleashed a little more on Dario.

"He don't like playing me," Embiid said. "He never wins and he doesn't handle me talking trash to him. I would love to play against him all the time because that gives me a lot of confidence beating him every day."

"It's fun playing against him. We both like to compete."

"That's my guy," he added.

And Sixers fans love them both. Let's just hope to see more of them teaming up in actual games soon.

1992 interview between Donald Trump and Randall Cunningham surfaces

1992 interview between Donald Trump and Randall Cunningham surfaces

Philadelphia Magazine's Dan McQuade unearthed a YouTube video of a 1992 interview former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham did with real estate tycoon Donald Trump from his short-lived interview special titled Randall Cunningham’s Celebrity Rap.

Apparently, it was a show on WCAU where Cunningham sat down with random celebrities. As McQuade points out, it is pretty weird.

And one of those celebrities just so happened to go on to become president of the United States.

There isn't a whole lot about sports. Trump briefly mentions Randall's career with the Eagles and also discusses Mike Tyson and his rape conviction. Trump appears sympathetic to Tyson's struggles.

Mostly it's a puff piece in which Trump talks somewhat aimlessly from topic to topic. If you don't want to waste 15 minutes watching it, Philly Mag summarized the most bizarre moments