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Wanna be a baseball General Manager?

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, June 12, 2014 10:21 AM Comments: 0

Mike Schmidt jerseyWe all enjoy the lively Phillies debates here on the site. But this week you have a chance to finally show off your baseball knowledge against fellow blog commenters.

Our free 1-day Fantasy Baseball league lets you choose a team to compete against other Phillies Nation GMs. And this week we’re giving away a Mike Schmidt jersey to the winner!

Sign up today and select your roster before 7pm on Friday (it only takes a few minutes) and you’ll have a chance to win!  Thanks to DraftStreet.com, we have $500 to give away to the top 50 players in this week’s competition, plus the jersey for the winner.  Build your team now >

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Phillies Nation – Episode 10 – Draft, Matt Stairs, Chasing Dreams exhibit

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, June 11, 2014 08:07 PM Comments: 0

This week Pat and Corey discuss Ken Giles’ promotion, analyze the Phillies draft and offer their perspective on the upcoming schedule. Speaking of the draft, Rudy Mezzy interviews Neumann-Goretti star Josh Ockimey who was recently drafted by the Boston Red Sox.

Natalie returns with the second part (of three) of her interview with Phillies broadcaster Matt Stairs. Tommy Greene explains the conditioning needed for pitchers to last a full nine innings. And, Ryann moderates Batters Inbox featuring fan questions.

Finally, we have an exclusive tour of the Chasing Dreams exhibit on immigrants and baseball at the National American Jewish History Museum in Philadelphia.

Phillies Nation is presented by BQ Basement Systems and was filmed on location at Shibe Vintage Sports.


Phillies Nation – Episode 9: Matt Stairs, Tommy Greene and David Murphy

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, June 05, 2014 05:13 PM Comments: 1

This week’s episode is jammed packed with Phillies analysis. David Murphy from the Philadelphia Daily News joins Pat and Corey to discuss some early options for the Phils in terms of trades and potential free agents for next season. Natalie invites Matt Stairs to the batting cage for a one-on-one interview and hitting instruction. Tommy Greene joins us for some pitching techniques and Ryann Williams presents the Batters Inbox questions from readers like you!

Phillies Nation is presented by BQ Basement Systems and was filmed on location at Shibe Vintage Sports.


How many wins will the Phillies have at the All-Star Break?

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, June 03, 2014 02:14 PM Comments: 5

After 55 games this season, the Phillies have mustered 24 wins.  There are 40 games remaining before the All-Star game – mostly against the National League East and Central (and thankfully no interleague games).  How do you think the Phillies will fare the rest of the way to the midway point of the season?  Cast your vote below.

How many wins will the Phillies have at the All-Star break?

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Phillies Nation Tailgate Cookbook on sale now

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, June 02, 2014 04:47 PM Comments: 0

Whether you’re a newcomer to the world of tailgating or a seasoned pro, I invite you to enjoy the recipes herein and taste the passion that inspired them. 

- Garry Maddox

The Flavors of Phillies Nation Tailgate CookbookIt’s finally arrived – the tailgate cookbook featuring recipes from Phillies Nation readers!

This fun collection of recipes captures the passion of Philly fans and allows you to enjoy a tailgating atmosphere anywhere. It features 4 chapters of tailgate recipes, tailgate tips, beer pairings and stories on the history of tailgating in Philadelphia. The recipes were collected from Phillies fans by over the course of the past 3 years, and include treats from local restaurants like the Grey Lodge, Good Dog Bar, Bitar’s, Brauhaus Schmitz and Nodding Head Brewery.

Best of all, part of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to benefit Philabundance and its goal of driving hunger from our communities.

Get your copy of The Flavors of Phillies Nation today for just $13.95 and have it delivered in time for Father’s Day!

Plus, get free shipping by using the promo code:  burger


Video: Interview with Matt Stairs

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, May 29, 2014 11:06 AM Comments: 0

This article and video interview with Matt Stairs were produced by Natalie Egenolf.

“Great moments…are born from great opportunities…” yeah, you know how the rest of that goes. While Herb Brooks may have uttered these words to the U.S. Men’s Olympic hockey team 34 years ago, I always come back to think of them for other great moments in sports history. The 2008 Philadelphia Phillies World Series championship was one of the greatest moments in Philadelphia sports history. The journey to this moment started the year Herb gave that speech. 1980 had been the last time the Phillies had won the World Series and by the time 2008 rolled around, the city had been starved for a championship.

When I reflect on the 2008 post-season, I recall so many of the great moments that were born from the great opportunities that presented themselves. One of the greatest memorable moments of the entire postseason, and the most memorable moment from the NLCS, was Matt Stairs coming off the bench in game 4 and crushing a homer off of Jonathan Broxton to right field to break the tie in the 8th inning. I know you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing during that homerun, that great moment. For Matt Stairs, this one opportunity at bat turned into a great moment and changed the course of his life. On top of sealing the fate of the game and hitting his first postseason home run of a 16-year career, he propelled him into the heart of every Philadelphia sports fan.

In February of this year, Matt rejoined the Phillies in a different role in the broadcast booth. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Matt at Everybody Hits batting cages on West Girard Ave in Philly to talk about his journey from that great moment in Los Angeles, to his decision to take this great opportunity as a broadcaster now. We also had the chance to get into the cages, where Matt showed me some of his techniques for being a successful hitter in the majors (and I’m not kidding when I say my swing has greatly improved). I hope you’ll join us for Phillies Nation TV in the upcoming weeks to take a deeper look at Matt Stairs, one of our ’08 World Series heroes.


Phillies Nation TV: Episode 8 – Phillies splits at the quarter pole

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, May 20, 2014 05:41 PM Comments: 0

This week, Pat and Corey discuss the success of Phillies veterans like Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Marlon Byrd. They also analyze what’s wrong with some of the young guys like Domonic Brown and Ben Revere.

Ian checks in from Lehigh Valley and interviews righty Seth Rosin who rejoined the club this off-season in the Rule 5 Draft.

Ryann challenges the guys with Batter Inbox questions, Tommy Greene breaks down the mechanics of major league pitching, and we’ve got another #PNTrivia question with a chance to win Phillies prizes!


Phillies Nation Fan Survey

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, May 14, 2014 10:11 AM Comments: 4

Get this PHILS stickerWe want to know what you think about Phillies Nation. Help us better serve fans like yourself by completing the survey below. For your time, we’ll send you this awesome PHILS sticker.


Phillies Nation, Episode 7: Bullpen Problems, Hamels/Kendrick, Ken Giles

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, May 13, 2014 05:50 PM Comments: 1

On the latest Phillies Nation, Pat Gallen and Corey Seidman discuss the bullpen issues that kept them from sweeping the Mets on Sunday. Plus, they dig into the Cole Hamels contract and what Kyle Kendrick could command in free agency. They also preview Mike Trout’s return to the area as the Angels come to town.

Jay Floyd met up with fireballer Ken Giles just before his promotion to Lehigh Valley to discuss how he’s been able to turn heads this season.

Ryann Williams, as always, brings us some interesting questions for our Batters In-Box segment.

Thanks for watching!

(And don’t forget to answer the Phillies Nation trivia question at the end of the show to win a great prize pack! #PNTrivia)


Listen to Jayson Stark & Pat Gallen Talk Baseball on 97.5 the Fanatic!

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, May 12, 2014 04:59 PM Comments: 4

irOur very own Pat Gallen is hosting a radio show with ESPN’s Jayson Stark every Monday from 6-7pm on 97.5 the Fanatic. It comes to you live from the Green Parrot Pub & Patio in Newtown, PA.

Jayson, of course, is the preeminent baseball writer in the world. He’ll be giving his insights on the Phillies and the world of baseball. Plus, he’ll always have his awesome trivia question ready to go.

Our friend, Pat can be seen on Phillies Nation TV on TCN & CSN and heard on 97.5 the Fanatic on Sundays also. Plus, he’s the Phillies Nation Editor-in-Chief!

Should make for an insanely informative and fun hour of baseball talk! Click below to LISTEN LIVE!

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