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BlueClaws set to retire Hamels’ number

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, May 29, 2014 02:35 PM Comments: 2

Phillies ace Cole Hamels started his pro career in Lakewood

Cole Hamels has achieved a lot as a professional pitcher, but, as many realize, his accomplished career began in the minor leagues.  To honor his time in the developmental ranks, the 30-year-old lefty hurler will have his jersey number 19 retired by the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws prior to the team’s game on Monday, June 9th.

Hamels, who was the Phillies’ top draft choice in 2002 (17th overall), made his pro debut with the BlueClaws in 2003.  As a 19-year-old in the South Atlantic League, Hamels tallied a 6-1 record with a 0.84 ERA in 13 starts before earning a promotion to Class A Advanced Clearwater.

“Cole is the greatest pitcher that has come through Lakewood and certainly worthy of having his #19 retired by the BlueClaws,” said team general manager Chris Tafrow. “His level of dominance as a BlueClaw speaks for itself, and we have been thrilled to see him carry his professional success that started here 11 years ago into a tremendous career with the Phillies. We’re looking forward to seeing him back in Lakewood in June.”

The jersey retirement ceremony will mark Hamels’ first visit back to FirstEnergy Park since he made a rehab appearance for the ‘Claws in June 2006.

Hamels, a three-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2008 World Series, will be the second former BlueClaws player to have such an honor, after Ryan Howard‘s #29 was retired by the team during a rehab appearance in 2010. Additionally, Jackie Robinson‘s #42 is retired across baseball for breaking baseball’s color barrier, and in honor of long-time South Atlantic League/Western Carolinas League President John Henry Moss, #50 is also retired by all SAL clubs.

Tickets are currently on sale by calling the BlueClaws’ sales office at 732-901-7000 option 2.  Fans can also purchase online by clicking here.

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Play Major League Bocce in Philly this Spring at Xfinity Live

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, April 28, 2014 10:48 AM Comments: 0

PhilliesNation_300x300After this long winter, we’re all looking for something fun to do outside this spring.  Well, look no further!  Starting May 7th, Major League Bocce is hosting an outdoor league on the turf fields at Xfinity Live near the ballpark.  Play a relaxing game bocce with old friends and meet some new ones while you enjoy adult beverages.

Plus you can save $20 off your registration by using the promo code XFINITY.

  • All players receive a team shirt, specials on food and beer, FREE parking, weekly prizes and giveaways, and a free party at the end of the season
  • Drink LEGALLY while you play
  • Play on turf field outside of Xfinity Live
  • All games are on non-event nights
  • Xfinity Live is easily accessible driving via I-95 and I-76 and via SEPTA on the Broad Street Line (AT&T Station stop)
  • Winners of each season will have money donated to their favorite charity ($125,000 donated to date)

Get your team together and your spot reserved soon before it sells out!

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Phils Night with The South Jersey Young Professionals Association

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, April 27, 2014 12:18 PM Comments: 0

Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 12.14.49 PMJoin the South Jersey Young Professionals Association as they get together for a Phillies tailgate and game for a good cause.

Hang out for an extended happy hour with drink specials at McFadden’s at the Ballpark, followed by Phillies vs. Mets at Citizens Bank Park, with all proceeds donated to Camp No Worries, a local summer camp for children with cancer.

Camp No Worries is a non-profit organization run by dedicated people who volunteer their time and ask for nothing in return – other than the reward of touching the lives of these amazing children. It costs Camp No Worries approximately $700-800 per camper for a week at camp, and campers attend at no cost to their families. Therefore, funding for its operation depends on the generosity and financial support of community organizations, businesses, foundations, and individuals like you.

Here’s what you’ll get: 

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. // Happy Hour at McFadden’s

  • Drink Specials ($4 Well Drinks, $3 Beers)

7:05 p.m. // Phillies vs. Mets at Citizens Bank Park

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Here’s where to go for tickets: 

NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK WITH SJYPA! 

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Phillies Nation 2014 road trips

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, April 24, 2014 10:30 AM Comments: 1

Major League VacationsThis season we’re partnering with our friends at Major League Vacations for some awesome road trips.  In addition to a Cinco de Mayo bus trip to Citi Field in New York and a November trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, we have two very special trips we want you to start thinking about.  Read some more about our St. Louis and DC trips below and start telling your friends to mark their calendars!  For questions any Phillies road trips listed here or custom road trip packages to other cities, please email:  trips@philliesnation.com

St. Louis

Busch StadiumWe’re excited for this new destination for Phillies Nation road trips.  Come with us to enjoy the Gateway Arch, the Budweiser factory, the mighty Mississippi, live music and plenty of delicious BBQ.  We have tickets to 2 games at Busch Stadium to watch the Phils take on last year’s pennant-winners.  This trip includes airfare from Philly to St. Louis, 3 nights at the Downtown Hilton, tickets to 2 games and rides between the hotel and airport.

Read more about the St. Louis trip.

Washington, DC

A trip to Citizens Bank South is always a great time, and this year we have a special tailgate planned!  Our coach bus arrives at 4:00 pm at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, conveniently located only 3 blocks from Nationals Park, to celebrate a pre-game pool party with special guests including Phillies alumni!

Read more about the Washington, DC trip.

For questions about Phillies road trips, please email:  trips@philliesnation.com

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Play Major League Bocce in Philly this Spring

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, April 22, 2014 09:21 AM Comments: 0

PhilliesNation_300x300After this long winter, we’re all looking for something fun to do outside this spring.  Well, look no further!  Starting May 7th, Major League Bocce is hosting an outdoor league on the turf fields at Xfinity Live near the ballpark.  Play a relaxing game bocce with old friends and meet some new ones while you enjoy adult beverages.

Plus you can save $20 off your registration by using the promo code XFINITY.

  • All players receive a team shirt, specials on food and beer, FREE parking, weekly prizes and giveaways, and a free party at the end of the season
  • Drink LEGALLY while you play
  • Play on turf field outside of Xfinity Live
  • All games are on non-event nights
  • Xfinity Live is easily accessible driving via I-95 and I-76 and via SEPTA on the Broad Street Line (AT&T Station stop)
  • Winners of each season will have money donated to their favorite charity ($125,000 donated to date)

Get your team together and your spot reserved soon before it sells out!

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Baseball Trivia this Thursday night

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, January 28, 2014 11:30 AM Comments: 0

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Winners from the December event

On Thursday, January 30th, Pat Gallen and Phillies Nation are hosting a Baseball Trivia night at Everybody Hits, an awesome indoor batting cage facility in Northern Liberties (529 W. Girard Ave.).

The contest starts at 8pm and costs $10 per person with a maximum of six people per team (the sixth person plays for free!).  There will be Phillies giveaways, prizes for the winners, hitting challenges, plus the batting cages will be open for unlimited hitting until 11pm.

The event is a BYOB affair, so bring your favorite brews to enjoy while you show off your academic and athletic abilities.

Woohoo!

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Baseball Trivia Night on January 30

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, January 18, 2014 02:30 PM Comments: 0

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Winners from the December event

On Thursday, January 30th, Pat Gallen and Phillies Nation are hosting a Baseball Trivia night at Everybody Hits, an awesome indoor batting cage facility in Northern Liberties (529 W. Girard Ave.).

The contest starts at 8pm and costs $10 per person with a maximum of six people per team (the sixth person plays for free!).  There will be Phillies giveaways, prizes for the winners, hitting challenges, plus the batting cages will be open for unlimited hitting until 11pm.

The event is a BYOB affair, so bring your favorite brews to enjoy while you show off your academic and athletic abilities.

Woohoo!

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Baseball Trivia Night on December 12

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, December 06, 2013 08:15 AM Comments: 0

Everybody hits - Indoor Batting CagesOn Thursday, December 12th, Pat Gallen and Phillies Nation are hosting a Baseball Trivia night at Everybody Hits, an awesome new indoor batting cage facility in Northern Liberties (529 W. Girard Ave.).

The trivia contest starts at 8pm and costs $10 per person with a maximum of six people per team (the sixth person plays for free!).  There will be Phillies giveaways, prizes for the winners, plus the batting cages will be open for unlimited hitting until 11pm.

The event is a BYOB affair, so bring your favorite brews to enjoy while you show off your academic and athletic abilities.

Woohoo!

Baseball Trivia Night at Everybody Hits

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Phillies Nation Spring Training Trip to Clearwater

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, November 25, 2013 04:20 PM Comments: 0

It’s never too early to start planning your Phillies Spring Training trip to Clearwater and we have all the details ready to make it easy for you.

This is easily the most fun you’ll have on a road trip. In a single weekend you have – Phillies Spring Training, St. Patrick’s Day, Opening Rounds of March Madness, and Spring Break! All this within the famously sunny surroundings of Clearwater, Florida. If you are a serious Phillies fan, you need to at least consider coming on this trip we put together with the help of Major League Vacations.

As usual, we’re headed down for the St. Paddy’s Day game. The trip starts on Saturday, March 15, with a non-stop flight from Philly to Tampa. (If you want to book your own flight, use frequent flyer miles, or drive, we have that option, too.) We’ll be staying at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort – one of the best hotels on the Gulf.  It’s classy, it has beautiful white sand beaches, an awesome pool and tiki bar and is walking distance to all the Clearwater Beach restaurants and bars. We also have a less expensive option to stay at the Fairfield Inn right by the stadium.

We’ll have air conditioned shuttles to two Phillies home games – versus Pittsburgh on Sunday and Baltimore on Monday. Before Monday’s game we’ll have our seventh annual St. Patrick’s Day tailgate party. There will be food, drinks, games and Phillies Nation gift bags for all participants. Plus, we’ll be filming a special episode of Phillies Nation TV on location, so get ready for your closeup!

Start contacting people now and tell them about the packages below. Spring Training trips make great holiday gifts (for example, you can go halfsies with mom and take your dad as a present). The trips are family-friendly fun for all ages and you’re guaranteed to make make people jealous with your hot wintertime tan. We can even put together a custom package for your group and help plan side-trips in Florida to places like Disney World or other Spring Training stadiums.

Email us at trips@philliesnation.com or call Angelique at (215) 923-2462 to learn more or book your trip. Please call sooner rather than later since prices are based on availability.

Customized Phillies Spring Training Packages:
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Tonight: Monster Factory, PN Partner to Slam Hunger!

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, November 16, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 0

South Jersey Food Bank logoThe grapplers of the World Famous Monster Factory are teaming up with the leading source of Phillies news and analysis to form a partnership to slam hunger this holiday season! At the Monster Factory’s next event, the Second Annual Turkey Slam, November 16 at 8 PM, this new tag team is partnering to collect food donations for the Food Bank of South Jersey, a group fighting hunger and malnutrition in South Jersey since 1985.

The Second Annual Turkey Slam, featuring former WWE superstars the Blue Meanie and Cliff Compton, is sure to sellout. Monster Factory owner Danny Cage, Phillies Nation CEO Brian Michael, and personality Ian Riccaboni saw an opportunity to make this event be more than your average pro wrestling show. For South Jersey native Brian Heffron, this issue hit close to home.

Monster Factory Nov. Poster“The people of South Jersey have given the staff and students of the Monster Factory so much in the way of support through our live events. We at the Monster Factory think it is only right of us to give back to the community. As much as we are a community of pro wrestlers, we are a member of the South Jersey community,” said Atlantic City native Heffron, better known by his WWE and ECW persona, the Blue Meanie.

Tickets to the event are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Those who bring items to donate will receive raffle tickets to win great prizes from the Monster Factory and Phillies Nation, including autographed photos and memorabilia. Doors open at 7 PM for a meet and greet with Monster Factory superstars before they duke it out in the scheduled double main event: a 30-man battle royal and a five-on-five elimination match.

If you are unable to make it to this event, please consider giving a tax-deductible donation here. Every dollar donated to the Food Bank of South Jersey can purchase five meals. Cash donations will not be accepted at the event.

About:

The Food Bank of South Jersey aims to assist the approximate 173,000 food-insecure of South Jersey by improving the way families and individuals shop, cook, and eat. They provide nutritionally balanced meals, healthy living education, and cooking demonstrations to those who qualify. The Food Bank of South Jersey can be found at foodbanksj.org and @foodbankSJ on Twitter.

The World Famous Monster Factory has been featured in Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal as the premier pro wrestling training facility in the world. Their list of graduates reads like a who’s who of professional wrestling, including Raven, The Big Show, Tatanka, and Sheamus to name a few. The Monster Factory can be found at monsterfactory.org, @4monsterfactory on Twitter, and events are located at 541 Mantua Ave., Paulsboro, NJ 08066.

Phillies Nation Foundation aims to improve lives in impactful ways in the Greater Philadelphia region. An extension of USA Today’s top Phillies blog, Phillies Nation, the Foundation hosts events that address hunger and quality of life issues for those in need. Phillies Nation can be found at philliesnation.com, @philliesnation on Twitter, and Tuesdays at 6 PM during the baseball season on the Comcast Network on Phillies Nation TV.

Contact Ian Riccaboni for further details.

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