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.

Temple football surprises walk-on with a scholarship

Temple football surprises walk-on with a scholarship

Moments like this never get old.

On Saturday, the Temple football captured a special moment for junior tight end Chris Myarick.

After the annual Cherry and White game, the cameras were rolling when Myarick, from Cheltenham High School in Elkins Park, Pa., was awarded a scholarship after making the team as a walk-on in 2014.

Myarick’s teammates mobbed him after the news was announced.

Congratulations, Chris.

Trust the … Lego? Reddit user reveals Lego version of Joel Embiid

Trust the … Lego? Reddit user reveals Lego version of Joel Embiid

He calls himself "The Process."

He is a main piece of The Process.

And now there's a Lego version of The Process' poster child.

Yes -- thanks to Redditor user dweg1999 -- we have a picture of what Joel Embiid would look like if, yes, he was built of Legos.

After sitting out his first two years in the NBA because of injuries, Embiid burst onto the scene and became an instant star for the Sixers. A piece they can build around both on the court and off it. He's charismatic who knows how to use social media.

Embiid is a special blend of greatness on the court and marketable off it. If he can stay healthy -- his season was cut short because of another one and he will be limited again in 2017-18 -- the Sixers have their guy to build around. Add in a Ben Simmons, a more experienced Dario Saric, potentially two more lottery picks -- at least one more -- and next season will be a whole lot of fun.

But for now, as we wait for the May 16 draft lottery, we are stuck checking out Lego versions of Joel Embiid. If only we were that good with Legos ourselves.