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Phan Cave’s Inaugural Opening Day Tailgate Raises $2,000 for Shane’s Future Days Charity

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, April 17, 2015 12:10 PM Comments: 0

On April 6, Phan Cave hosted its Inaugural Opening Day Tailgate party to celebrate the Phillies home opener against the Boston Red Sox. More importantly, this event was an opportunity to #tailgate4good and raise funds for a great cause. The profits from ticket sales and proceeds from the silent auctions have been totaled up to an astounding $2,000 donated to the 501(c)(3) charity, Shane’s Future Days.

Shane’s parents and founders of the charity Paul and Michele were in attendance to honor their late son. They brought wristbands to give out to tailgate attendees as a way to support the awareness of Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS), the rare cancer Shane Metzgar very recently lost his battle to. On the Help Shane Fight Cancer Facebook page, the Metzgars thanked those who came out to support Shane’s Future Days.

“Today our baby boy brought the sun and everyone together for the beginning of Shane’s Future Days. A huge thank you to the Phan Cave for putting together such a fantastic event! Thank you to Phillies NationPhilly PR GirlPortraits by Kate Wright,Conshy Bakery and many more. ‪#tailgate4good” –The Metzgars

Former Phillies player Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams joined the tailgate, taking pictures and signing autographs with fans young and old. Phan Cave was graced with the presence of Miss Philadelphia, Julia Rae Schlucter, who proudly supports Shane’s Future Days. Imagine Lifestyles showed off luxury vehicles at the tailgate while the Hamels Foundation showed up with a lottery wheel and prize packs for all attendees. Giveaways included autographed sports memorabilia, a Bobby Shantz autograph signing, massages, gift cards, and other prizes from local businesses. One lucky winner received a comfortable Eagles Miller Lite recliner donated by Bobkat Liquors.

Fun was had by all who came out to #tailgate4good and Phan Cave would like to thank the generous vendors at Phillies Nation, KIND, Straub Beer, Sweet Pea Ice Cream, Center City Pretzel, BQ BAsement Systems and Conshohocken Italian Bakery for their support and donations.

Be sure to follow Phan Cave on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and Phillies Nation on Facebook and Twitter to see highlights from the Opening Day Tailgate!





Phillies Nation 2015 Staff Predictions

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, April 06, 2015 11:49 PM Comments: 25

With one game in the books, the Phillies Nation crew has a head start in predicting the 2015 season. Let’s see how the PN staff feels about the season ahead.

Pat Gallen, Editor in Chief

Phillies record: 65-97
NL Pennant: Dodgers
AL Pennant: Angels
WS Winner: Angels
Phillies story line to watch: Howard, Hamels, Papelbon all gone by midseason
MLB story line to watch: Blue Jays lose in 7 to LAA, Padres fall just short in NL, Mike Trout wins another MVP.

Corey Seidman

Phillies record: 59-103
NL Pennant: Dodgers
AL Pennant: Red Sox
WS Winner: Dodgers
Phillies story line: Can Domonic Brown prove he deserves to be an everyday player and a piece of the Phillies’ future?
MLB story line: How competitive will the Cubs and Astros be after years of futility?

Ian Riccaboni

Phillies record: 62-100
Predicted NL Winner: Miami
Predicted AL Winner: Seattle
Predicted World Series Winner: Seattle
Phillies Story line You are Watching the Closest: Can Cody Asche take the next step and become an above-average MLB player?
MLB Story line You are Watching the Closest: Can the young Royals’ players be consistent enough to make the playoffs in back-to-back years? Continue reading Phillies Nation 2015 Staff Predictions

Phillies Opening Day schedule of events

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, April 06, 2015 06:45 AM Comments: 4

Opening day is here.  With another baseball season ready to get under way in Philadelphia, check out the schedule for the Phillies’ opener with Boston in town at Citizens Bank Park on Monday.

8:00 a.m. Majestic Clubhouse Store opens.

12:00 p.m. Citizens Bank Way Opening Day Party and concert. Features entertainment, food and drinks. Free to all fans. Plus, live performance by Go Go Gadjet.

12:13 p.m. Phillies batting practice.

12:35 p.m. All gates open.  All fans will receive a 2015 Phillies Schedule & Car Magnet, compliments of Nemours.

1:13 p.m. Red Sox batting practice.

2:13 p.m. Line up on 10th Street! Fans who have not yet entered the ballpark gates are invited to line up on 10th Street and cheer on the 2015 Phillies as they make their “Leadoff Walk” into the ballpark – escorted by the Cardinal O’Hara High School Marching Band.

2:22 p.m. Must-see pre-game ceremony. The 2015 Phillies will make their grand entrance into Citizens Bank Park from a 10th Street Leadoff Walk.

2:34 p.m. “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” will be sung by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale, as representatives from all of the Armed Forces including the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard unfurl a large American flag. State flags will be carried onto the field by Philadelphia Police and Fire Department personnel.

2:40 p.m. Team introductions- Red Sox

2:44 p.m. Team introductions- Phillies

2:50 p.m. National Anthem: Performed by Barnegat Light, NJ native Matt McAndrew who was runner-up on the NBC program The Voice.

2:53 p.m. The United States Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, will parachute onto the field delivering the first balls.

3:00 p.m. The first balls: Thrown by Philadelphia University men’s basketball coach Herb Magee, NJ native and cancer survivor Julie Kramer and representing Nemours, Kyle Shanahan.

3:07 p.m. Play Ball!

5th Inning…the Phanatic will head uptown and channel his inner Bruno Mars for a very special performance.

If you’ve heard about the new food options available and other new additions at CBP this season, click here for all the details.


Play Major League Bocce in Philly this Spring

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, April 02, 2015 01:50 PM Comments: 1


After this long bone-chilling winter, we’re all looking for something fun to do outside this spring.  Well, look no further!

Starting April 22nd, Major League Bocce is hosting an outdoor leagues all around Philly - No Libs, DE Riverfront, So Philly & Dilworth Plaza .  Play a relaxing game bocce with old friends and meet some new ones while you enjoy adult beverages.

New this season – Wednesdays on Delaware Ave at Cav’s RiverDeck
GLO Bocce - Thursdays in Northern Liberties at Druid’s Keep

  • All players receive a team shirt, local bar specials on food and beer, weekly prizes and giveaways, and a free party at the end of the season
  • Drink while you play
  • 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!



Opening Day Tailgate Party

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, March 31, 2015 02:00 PM Comments: 3

Are you going to Opening Day?  If so, then I highly recommend you leave the coolers and grills at home and come to our tailgate party.

Our friends at Phan Cave are setting up their trailer complete with taps, TVs, and tailgate food in the Jetro Lot at 11am.  There’s gonna be free giveaways, prizes, raffles and auctions, so no one is leaving empty handed.  Plus, Mitch Williams will be making an appearance!  Best of all, all proceeds from the event are going to the wonderful Shane’s Future Days Foundation (a family charity that just experienced a great loss).

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.  Get yours now before they sell out, there won’t be any available the day of the event.



Phillies prospects predict WrestleMania results

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 29, 2015 09:00 AM Comments: 0

wm31For those of you that read the site regularly and perhaps also follow a few Phillies Nation staffers on Twitter, you know that some of us are lifelong professional wrestling fanatics.  Not surprisingly, some Phillies minor league players have also long enjoyed action in the squared circle as well.

This weekend marks the Super Bowl of the pro wrestling world, with WWE’s WrestleMania set to take place in California.  I caught up with minor league hurler Mark Leiter Jr. along with outfield prospect Brian Pointer to get their predictions on the full card.

Here is how the two youngsters see the event shaking out along with some insight from each man on the World Champ Brock Lesnar’s part time/special attraction status with the company as well as if they each see his main event challenger Roman Reigns as a viable contender for the championship strap:

WWE World Heavyweight Title Match, Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns

Leiter- I like Reigns, but whoever wrote that ending to the (Royal) Rumble really dropped the ball.  Having Big Show and Kane (remaining at the end)?  Everyone knew they weren’t winning.  Then the Rusev thing just was stupid.  As cool as Lesnar is, it’s hard to buy a champion who only wrestles on pay per view.

Lesnar wins.  Rollins then cashes in his Money in the Bank contract and loses.

Pointer- I’m a Brock Lesnar guy.  I would like to see him more, but he will only come on part time.  I don’t really like that because I want to see him in more matches, but when he comes on, I am pumped!  And I think Reigns will be a big time superstar, but I don’t think he can match Lesnar right now.  Lesnar is on a roll and it’s not stopping.

Triple H vs. The Icon Sting in Stings’s WWE wrestling debut Continue reading Phillies prospects predict WrestleMania results


Betting on the Phillies Over/Under for Wins in 2015

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, March 09, 2015 06:00 PM Comments: 6

This article was written by Chris from TheSportsGeek.com.  Don’t forget to cast your vote at the end!

It’s Spring Training, the time of year when more than one baseball writer has waxed poetically about “hope springing eternal.” Well, that hope might just be tested by ardent Phillies fans. Last season wasn’t a pretty one. The Phils slogged to last place at 73-89 and it wasn’t just one facet of the club that led to demise. Their offensive WAR was 10.9, good for 27th in the league and the pitching wasn’t much better at 11.9, good for 22nd. Add in an OBP of .302 (25th) and it isn’t hard to see why they were fourth from last in RBI with just 584.

Those are some rough numbers to say the least. And with no major revitalizing player additions in the Spring, it is reasonable to expect 2015 might not be a vintage Phillies season. However, some good news is that you don’t have to be an insane optimist to flirt with some prop wagers surrounding the Phils this year. The Vegas win total has been set at a meager 68.5. For those of you scoring at home, that is the lowest projected total in all of baseball.

In this article we’re going to take a look at betting on MLB baseball, and in particular the Phillies this year. If you’re new to betting on baseball you can check out this MLB run line betting guide on YouTube.

So let’s push some World Series dreams aside (They are 150/1 if you want to take a flyer – however, if this is your strategy I also recommend picking up a couple PowerBall tickets as well…) and focus on a pleasant/sobering reality. You can likely make some money on the Phillies if they are simply anything other than the single WORST TEAM IN BASEBALL. So… the bar isn’t too high.

Can this year’s squad jump over it?

Lets take a look at betting on:

Projected Win TOTAL (@ Bovada) OVER 68.5 (-125) & UNDER 68.5 (-105)

First off, let’s start with the elephant in the room. Season win totals don’t have the best payout odds. You are laying twice the juice in most cases from a regular wager and you are floating your money out for more than six months in hopes of a return. They aren’t my favorite wagers in general, but they can add a ton of fun and interest over a long season and can be profitable if you find two or three of the better plays on the board.

Now let’s talk about the other elephant in the room. When you are projected at 68.5 wins, there are obviously some major roster question marks. The Phillies started Spring Training by losing 6-2 to a Division 2 college baseball team. Don’t sweat that. Seriously. I’m not poking fun. That result is beyond a throw-away exhibition, no matter how the media outlets have fun with it. Be more concerned that the only real established hitters on this team are older and injury prone. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley deserve to be beloved in Philadelphia. But they probably won’t make anyone think this is 2009 either. The odds of them playing 130-140 games feel slim.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some decent talent in the outfield. Dominic Brown had a rough 2014, but his 2013 All-Star season leaves some lingering reason for optimism. Likewise, if Ben Revere can deliver another season like last year (.306, 49 SB) perhaps there will actually be some more people on base to potentially drive home.

The pitching rotation also has some tantalizing ‘if only they stay healthy’ names like Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang, and Spring Training invitee Chad Billingsly. Cole Hamels has looked good in limited spring action, so the potential for an ace at the top of the rotation also exists.
My biggest concern with the 68.5 is the improved potential quality of the NL East. We all know what Washington is stockpiling (their pitching staff is eerily-reminiscent of the Phillies World Series rotation with an even better fifth starter). If Matt Harvey can stay healthy, the Mets have the potential for a dynamite rotation as well. Add in the always tough Braves and the young and talented Marlins, and it feels like a last-place finish is in the cards.

Over the last five seasons, 19 teams have finished with less than 68 wins. That’s an average of nearly four per season. For the Phillies to be perceived as the worst team in the league on many/most Vegas sites tells me 68.5 might actually be a few games too high. I never root for any team to endure the misery of a near 100 loss season, but barring some phenomenal bounce-back years from long-injured veterans or unexpected breakthroughs by rookies and unproven young players, it’s hard to see the Phillies making much hay in one of the toughest pitching divisions in all of baseball.

Prediction: UNDER 68.5 (-105)

With the Line set at 68.5 wins for the Phillies this season - would you take the Over (69 wins or more) or the Under (68 wins or fewer).

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Tackling the New Game-Speed Rules for MLB

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Fri, February 27, 2015 01:14 PM Comments: 19

Earlier this week, Red Sox DH David Ortiz went on a rant about MLB’s recent pace-of-play rules that will be introduced for the first time in 2015.

“It seems like every rule goes in the pitcher’s favor,” Ortiz said. After a pitch, you got to stay in the box? One foot? I call that bulls—.”

Ortiz does, in fact, make a good point. Most pitchers in MLB, when they get into a certain rhythm, don’t like their pace to be disrupted. As a batter, you want to do everything in your power to disrupt that rhythm, which includes stepping out of the batters’ box in-between pitches.

With the new rules, batters can no longer exit the batters’ box unless they swing at a pitch, a timeout is called, or are forced out of the box by a pitch.

Even when one of these incidents do occur, the batter cannot leave the dirt area surrounding home plate. If a batter fails to follow these rules, a $500 fine will ensue.

“Well, I might run out of money,” said Ortiz when informed about the potential fines. “I’m serious. I’m not going to change my game. I don’t care what they say. My game, it’s not like I go around and do all kinds of stupid s—. But I have to take my time and think about what that [pitcher] is going to do next. I’m pretty sure every single hitter at this level is on the same page.” Continue reading Tackling the New Game-Speed Rules for MLB


Who Will be the Phillies’ Offensive Team Leader in….

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Wed, February 18, 2015 12:49 PM Comments: 6

With Spring Training officially getting underway this week, let’s have some fun and predict who will be the Phillies’ team leaders in some offensive categories.

Batting Average? 

Ben Revere: Revere has been the Phillies’ team leader in batting average the last two seasons with a .305 average in 2013, and a .306 average in 2014. The assumption is that Revere will once again be the team leader in batting average, especially considering the fact that the Phillies’ roster consists of players that don’t hit for a high average. The only player who could really challenge Revere is Maikel Franco, who could benefit from pitchers’ unfamiliarity once he makes it to the Majors.

Prediction: .308 batting average.

Home Runs?

Dominic Brown: This may surprise most people, but I believe Brown will have a bounce-back season, and show more of the 2013 Brown, who hit 27 homers, than the disappointing 2014 Brown who hit only 10. Why am I choosing Brown over Ryan Howard? Well, I believe that Howard will not finish the season in a Phillies uniform. Howard will produce enough to attract a team desperate for a DH by the trade deadline, leaving Brown as the next best power option for the Phillies. Darin Ruf could also be a candidate, but I’m not confident he will get the playing time he needs to be the team leader in homers by season’s end.

Prediction: 24 home runs.

Runs Batted In? 

Dominic Brown: If you’re going to be the team leader in home runs, then chances are you’ll also be the team leader in RBIs. This prediction is not made solely on the fact that Brown will lead the team in home runs, but also because Brown has a career .280 batting average with runners in scoring position. If Brown is able to hit home runs with men on base, and get hits with RISP, then he should have no problem racking up the RBI numbers.

Prediction: 90 RBIs.

Stolen Bases? 

Ben Revere: With Jimmy Rollins gone, Revere is the only real threat on the base-paths for the Phillies. Last season, Revere established a career high of 49, and ranked fourth in MLB in stolen bases. Over the last four seasons, Revere has swiped 145 total bags, averaging about 36 per season. Also note that Revere stole 22 bases before missing significant time due to injury in 2013. This is a lock, barring another significant injury.

Prediction: 54 stolen bases. 

Average with RISP? 

Chase Utley: While Utley’s career is, sadly, on the decline, the 36-year-old is still one of the best second basemen in MLB. What makes Utley so dangerous at the plate is his ability to hit when it matters most; with runners in scoring position. For his career, Utley has posted a .293 batting average with RISP, and last season, hit .294. Hopefully there will be plenty of chances for him to drive in runs this season.

Prediction: .291 average with RISP.

On-Base Percentage?

Chase Utley: Utley is great in terms of OBP because he hits, takes his share of walks, and gets hit by pitches due to his “crowding” of the plate. In his career, Utley has a .370 OBP, and although his OBP has diminished the last two seasons (.348, .339), the Phillies don’t have many players that work the count, or have great plate discipline like Utley.

Prediction: .345 OBP

These are my predictions. Now, what are yours? Share in the comments!


Pat Burrell Going Down a Slip n’ Slide is as Great as it Sounds

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Tue, February 03, 2015 12:04 PM Comments: 0

Who wants to see former Phillies outfielder Pat “The Bat” Burrell slide down a slip n’ slide in glorious fashion while holding a beverage in his hand?

Thanks to Chase Utley, you can see this free of charge.

At a Super Bowl party over the weekend, the Phillies’ second baseman posted a short video on his instagram account showing the likely intoxicated Burrell sliding down a slip n’ slide with an umbrella drink in his hand.

The concentration by Burrell to not spill a single drop is admirable. Props to him.


Super Bowl slip n' slide @patburrell5 #didntevenspillhisproteinshake

A video posted by @therealchaseutley on


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