Fun stuff at Phillies Nation

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, April 10, 2013 02:00 PM Comments: 0

BocceIn case you haven’t noticed, we like to have fun here at Phillies Nation. It helps keep our sanity while we take part in the never-ending saga that is the Philadelphia Phillies. We have a lot of things going on this week and want to make sure you’re clued in.

Fantasy Baseball
Our 1-day Fantasy Baseball league is back and we’re offering a $200 prize for the winner of Friday’s league. Signing up and picking a team only takes 5 minutes and it’s totally free to play. Build your team here >

Win Phillies Tickets
The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation is hosting a raffle exclusively for Phillies Nation readers featuring 2 sets of Phillies tickets.  You can win 2 tickets to either the Phillies-Indians game on May 14th or Phillies-Red Sox game on May 29th.  Enter to win on Facebook >

Major League Bocce
Some Phillies Nation readers including myself are playing bocce this spring in South Philly.  If you’d like to take part in this relaxing, fun hobby either in South Philly or one of the other locations around the city (and east coast), sign up now.  The season starts April 23rd. Sign up to play bocce >

Adult Wiffleball League
Our friends and Wiffadelphia hosts from Big League Dreams are gearing up for another spring adult wiffleball season.  Games run for 10 weeks on Wednesdays and start tonight!  Jump on a team now >


Wiffadelphia Tournament Video

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, March 25, 2013 10:50 PM Comments: 0

For those looking to relive the experience of Wiffadelphia or confirm the rumors of Corey’s eye-catching shorts, here’s a video from the event held earlier this month to benefit Philabundance.


A Story That Shows the Good Side of Philly Sports Fans and Twitter

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, January 30, 2013 11:26 AM Comments: 0

How #Give4Mark helped to raise money for the family of a lifelong Phillies fan who died this month.

Originally published in The Philly Post by Stephen Silver on January 30, 2013

In the same week that the Manti Te’o “fake girlfriend” scandal captivated and horrified the nation, another story emerged that touched on sports, Twitter and a prominent death. The difference is this one, rather than demonstrate all the worst things about the Internet, social media and humanity in general, showcased some of the best.

Also, @MarkM625 really lived and really died.

When Mark Marinelli of Bethlehem, a lifelong Phillies fan who used that handle, passed away suddenly on January 18th, Marinelli’s many acquaintances in the Phillies fan community on Twitter gathered online to share their memories of their late friend. Soon after, the blog Phillies Nation launched a charity driveusing the hashtag #Give4Mark, meant to assist Marinelli’s family with his funeral and other expenses.

By the time the campaign, run through Phillies Nation’s Paypal account, closed on Tuesday, it had raised more than $7,500, well over the initial goal, in just 10 days. The #Give4Mark hashtag was mentioned on Twitter more than 1,000 times. Continue reading A Story That Shows the Good Side of Philly Sports Fans and Twitter


LoMo Remembers and #Gives4Mark

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, January 20, 2013 03:00 PM Comments: 2

On Friday, we learned of the passing of Mark Marinelli, who had touched many lives within the Phillie fan and writer community with his sense of humor and his positive outlook. One of those lives he touched was Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison.

Mark and Logan connected on Twitter after Morrison was called up to the Major Leagues for the first time in the Summer of 2010. Their relationship went from friendly banter, Mark bugging Logan about a sprained tendon that required crutches – Logan implying that they could have a wheelchair race, to support, Mark offering his best words of wisdom to Logan after learning of Morrison’s father passing of lung cancer, the same illness that struck down Mark’s mother when Mark was 25.

After learning of Mark’s passing via Twitter, Morrison took to Twitter to share his memories of Mark with the world. With his permission, we are proudly sharing those Tweets. And, with his permission, we are proud to announce that he is among the many who have already given a generous contribution to #Give4Mark – the Phillies Nation collection where 100% of the monies collected are donated directly to the Marinelli family. As you read Morrison’s memories, please consider making your own donation to the Marinelli family if you have not already. Thank you.


PN and FS09 Encourage You to #Give4Mark

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, January 19, 2013 09:28 AM Comments: 6

With a heavy heart, I am sad to report that Phillies Nation and the Phillies fan and beat writer community has lost one of its most beloved commentators, friends, and Twitter pals Mark Marinelli (Twitter: @mark625) yesterday. Mark and I often bonded over our Allentownian heritage and our love for the Phillies over Twitter, but unfortunately, I never was able to meet Mark outside of the internet.

Two rather famous folks did, however, and thought Mark was just as great of a guy.

One of those was Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison. Mark engaged Morrison in banter, including some friendly jabs – the two developed a relationship that led Morrison inviting Mark to Citizen’s Bank Park as his guest. The other is “my mans”, who was recently featured in Slate, FanSince09. Mark was one of the few folks to know the identity of Mr. (or Ms./Mrs.) 09 and the two were great friends. Mark’s loss hit FS09 harder than most and he/she, along with Phillies Nation, are here to encourage you to #Give4Mark to Phillies Nation’s PayPal account. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Marinelli family to help with the cost of and costs associated with the proper services. We get a lot of hits at PN – if everyone gives one dollar, the Marinelli family can celebrate Mark’s life stress free.

Without any further interruption, here are some words from one of Mark’s good friends, FanSince09:

My mans past smh!

On the morning of January 18, 2012,  the Phillies twitter community was informed about the death of Mark Marinelli, aka @Mark625. Mark was a beloved and valued member of our community,  a loyal fan who was quick to share his wealth of knowledge about the game as well as his biting sense of humor.

At age four, Mark was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and would spend the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair.  Doctors believed that Mark wouldn’t live to see 18, but typical to his character, Mark blew past that expectation by 20 years. Despite his difficulties,  Mark was always positive.   As Ryan Petzar (@petzrawr) puts it:

“I never once heard Mark complain about his station in life, I wish the same could be said about me. He was a tough son of a bitch, but he was one of the good ones. I don’t think he knew how many lives he touched, but then again maybe none of us do, at least until it’s too late.”

He never expected sympathy or help,  he was the first one to make a joke at his own expense.   While he was quick to share stories of his crazy ex girlfriend, he didn’t dwell on the past, and always seemed positive about the future.   In the last few years, Mark entered the local spotlight when he struck up a friendship with the Marlins Logan Morrison.   Their bromance will always be remembered as one of the most entertaining stories on Twitter.

I always enjoyed my interactions with Mark.  Often times he would show his devilish side in DMs,  nudging me to stir the pot or alerting me to something funny that I missed.   I’ll miss interacting with him, our community has lost a very special person.

More than anything, Mark was one of us.   The online Phillies community is like no other fanbase in the world; as much as we argue and disagree, at the end of the day we have a common bond that connects us, we’re family, and family helps each other.

PhilliesNation has generously agreed to host and maintain this donation page for Mark.   All funds will go to the Marinelli family to help with funeral costs and any other expenses.

I strongly encourage you to give what you can.  This is not only a chance to help Mark’s family, but a chance to show the world what our community is capable of.

In addition, please leave your memories about Mark in the comment section so that this page can act as a memorial.


Wiffadelphia – The Phillies Nation Charity Wiffleball Tournament

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, January 07, 2013 10:20 AM Comments: 0


You’re invited to the first annual Wiffadelphia wiffleball tournament to benefit Philabundance.

On Saturday, March 9 starting at 6pm, we’ll be hosting a huge party at Big League Dreams – an indoor wiffleball facility in Medford, NJ.   We are raising money to help Philabundance provide meals for families in the Delaware Valley.  There will be lots of activities and different ways you can participate, but the main event will be an 8-team wiffleball tournament and home run derby.  Each team will consist of a maximum of 8 players (all 8 will bat, but only 5 play the field at a time) and each team is guaranteed to play in three games.  You can register as a whole team or we can assign you and some friends to a team ($25/person).  If you don’t want to play wiffleball, you can get a guest ticket ($15/person) and have fun in lots of other ways:

  • Beer
  • Mini-golf
  • T-shirts for everyone
  • Giveaways
  • Speed pitch
  • Phillies trivia
  • Tailgate games
  • Ballpark food
  • Special guests
  • Arcade
  • Raffles
  • Silent Auction
Big League Dreams

So call your friends now and make your plans for attending.  There are a limited number of wiffleball tournament tickets available so get yours now before it’s too late.  You must be over 21 years old to attend.


Phillies Quizzo raises money for over 1,000 meals for Philabundance

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, December 07, 2012 12:00 PM Comments: 0

Phillies Quizzo Answer Sheet A BIG hat tip goes out to everyone who attended Phillies Quizzo on Wednesday night. We had 20 teams battle it out for a host of Phillies prizes including a raffle featuring a framed and autographed Roy Halladay “Pride of the Phillies” poster.

Through everyone’s generosity, we were able to raise enough money for Philabundance to provide 1,150 meals for families in the Delaware Valley.

A special thanks to Holy Family University Athletics for sponsoring, Scoats and The Grey Lodge for hosting, Erin for quizzing and the winning team for donating their prize money.

Details for our next charity event, Wiffadelphia on March 9th, are coming soon. In the meantime you can catch Pat hosting Sports Quizzo this Sunday at 6:30 in Center City.

Here are some photos from the event:


Phillies Trivia at the Grey Lodge

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, November 26, 2012 10:32 AM Comments: 1

Join us at The Grey Lodge in NE Philly (map) next Wednesday, December 5th at 8pm for an evening of Phillies Quizzo to raise money for Philabundance. Show off your Phillies knowledge with a team of 4 (or fewer) and you can win prizes like t-shirts, posters, DVDs, bar tabs and more!

We’ll also have raffles featuring a Roy Halladay autograph and cash prizes.

The event is sponsored by Holy Family University Athletics.

RSVP here on our Facebook page and show up early to be sure you get a seat upstairs.

Phillies trivia


Help with the Sandy Relief Efforts

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, November 02, 2012 12:05 PM Comments: 1

Seaside HeightsThis past week the Mid-Atlantic was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy – some people lost power, some lost trees, but some neighbors lost everything. The Jersey Shore in particular was ravaged by the storm and it’s going to take years to rebuild our beloved shore communities.

If you haven’t already done so, take a moment to think about how you can help. Volunteer efforts probably won’t start until next week, so at this point the immediate need is money. Please consider making a donation to the Red Cross to help victims of the storm who have been displaced from their homes and are living in shelters. These folks are Phillies fans and they need our help.


Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation: A Night in Paris

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, October 22, 2012 02:36 PM Comments: 0

Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation Night in ParisThe Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation has partnered with Prevent Child Abuse PA to host A Night in Paris at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Monday, November 12, 2012, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Join us for a romantic evening reminiscent of old Paris! A Night in Paris will be an evening of culinary delights and live jazz to raise funds for Prevent Child Abuse PA.

Enjoy dishes from Chef J.C. Nuñez paired with aperitifs and fine wines. Plus, there will be a special performance by two celebrity dancers from ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars. Exciting live and silent auction items will be available for bidding.

The event will be celebrity driven, as Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies will invite his friends from MLB, the NFL, NBA and NHL along with musicians, actors and television personalities to attend. These celebrities will join our key sponsors in an exclusive VIP area that features cigars and wine tastings.

Proceeds from A Night in Paris will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania with sponsorships ranging from $25,000.00 – $5,000.00 and individual tickets for $300.00 each. (That might seem like a lot, but if you can afford it, this is easily the best chance to actually talk to your favorite Phillies. They are super chill and approachable during charity events and everyone is having a great time.)

For more information on tickets or sponsorships, please send us an email.

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