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Corey and Topanga Matthews Were The Genesis of Kershaw’s No Hitter

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Thu, June 19, 2014 02:45 PM Comments: 0

Around midnight last night my phone was chiming excessively with no regard to my state of slumber. I choose to ignore the first volley of text messages as I am included in a never-ending group chat with my friends on iMessage with nonsensical topics of no importance. As they kept coming in, I thought something was wrong or someone I knew was in danger. I’d come to find out that Los Angeles Dodger Pitcher Clayon Kershaw was six outs away from throwing a no hitter and that MLB.com was streaming Vin Scully’s call of the remaining moments. While thankful there was no urgent need for concern, I settled in to watch the last six outs of Kershaw’s quest for his eventual no-hitter.

Whilst waking myself up to settle in to watch baseball history I decided to log on to Twitter.  Getting instant reactions from the Phillies Nation followers and following along with the action in real time is a highlight of my participation with PN.  But, that is where my night turned from euphoria to further intrigue. What I was about to see could not be unseen.

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Join Ian Riccaboni at the ECW Arena For Pro Wrestilng!

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, June 14, 2014 11:44 AM Comments: 0

Join our Ian Riccaboni TONIGHT at the 2300/ECW Arena for the Wrestling with Disaster Final Cut event where he will be emceeing the hottest professional wrestling event of the summer! Several former top stars from WWE and ECW will be competing including Shane Douglas, Sabu, 2 Cold Scorpio, the Powers of Pain, Samu, Pitbull Gary Wolf, and the Blue Meanie!

Tickets start at just $25 and are available at the door. The wrestling is just one piece of a three-part event that is supporting the upcoming Wrestling with Disaster documentary!

From 3 PM to 6 PM, there will be an autograph session with dozens more WWE and ECW alumni, including “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, Superfly Jimmy Snuka, Warlord and Barbarian (The Powers of Pain), “The Franchise” Shane Douglas, “The Pitbull” Gary Wolf, Sabu, 2 Cold Scorpio, Angel and DeVito (Da Baldies), The Blue Meanie, Little Guido, Samu and Lance Anoa’i (The Samoans), Cliff Compton, Tom Brandi, Axl Rotten, New Jack, Jason Knight, Joel Gertner, Tyler Fullington (The Son of Sandman), “Wild” Bill Wiles, Luis “The Punisher” Martinez, Brutal Joe Gibson and many more including a rare Appearance by Tod Gordon! Tickets to the autograph session are $10 and prices vary by wrestler individual prices for autographs and photos.

We hope to see you tonight!






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 >

Play Fantasy Baseball and win a Mike Schmidt jersey


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


Phillies Nation Fan Survey

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, May 14, 2014 10:11 AM Comments: 5

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.


This Week in Phillies’ History- May 11-18

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sun, May 11, 2014 08:00 PM Comments: 1

There has been an awful lot of Phillies baseball that has been played since 1883- close to 20,000 games in fact. A lot can happen in 20,000 games, including broken records, quirky plays, once-in-a-lifetime performances and a tons of other historical gems that often go forgotten. In order to remember those days that shaped the history of the organization, here is the first of our new weekly post called This Week in Phillies’ History.

May 11

1923- Phils top Cards 20-14, combine for 10 home runs

The Phillies hit six of those home runs, including three bombs by Cy Williams, his 10th, 11th and 12th of the young season. He went on to lead the National League with 41 homers in 1923. Leadoff hitter Johnny Mokan hot two round trippers, while second baseman Frank Parkinson blasted one himself. Williams (7 RBI), Mokan (7 RBI) and Parkinson (5 RBI) were responsible for driving in all but one of the 2o runs scored.  Phillies pitcher Petie Behan drove in the other, and won his first game of the season despite allowing eight runs on ten hits in five innings.

May 13

1960- Phils shut out 1-0 for third straight game

The first two losses came on May 11 and 12 at the hand of the New York Giants, with great performances by Jim Owens and Robin Roberts going to waste. The third game was the first of a four game set against Cincinnati. In the fifth inning, Vada Pinson tripled to center, driving in Billy Martin for the only run of the game. Jim O’Toole tossed a complete game for the Reds, scattering seven hits en route to the shutout. The Phillies made up for the lack of offense in the next two games, scoring 18 times and winning both contests against Cincinnati before eventually splitting the series.

May 14

1942 and 1977- Happy Birthday to Tony and Doc

Tony Perez, remembered for playing on the 1983 Phillies’ pennant winning team, was born on May 14 in 1942. In that 1983 season, a 41-year old Perez hit .241 with six homers and 43 RBI. It was his one and only season with the Phillies, as he returned to the Reds to finish his Hall of Fame, 23-year career.

Doc Halladay was also born on May 14, in 1977. His first two seasons with the Phillies (2010 and 2011) were among the best of his career. In 2010, of course, he won the N.L. Cy Young Award after posting a 21-10 record, 2.44 ERA, throwing a perfect game, as well as completing the second ever postseason no-hitter. In 2011, he won 19 games and lowered his ERA to 2.35, and was narrowly edged by Clayton Kershaw for the Cy Young Award. As a Phillies pitcher, despite two less-than-stellar years before retiring, Halladay was 55-29 with a 3.25 ERA.

May 16

1953- Leadoff single ends up being only baserunner against Curt Simmons

When Brewers’ center fielder Bill Bruton led off the game with a single, then one better late advanced on a passed ball, it didn’t look like the night was going to go the Phillies’ way. But pitcher Curt Simmons, who had already won five games in the young season, rebounded in the biggest way possible. Simmons mowed down the next 27 hitters he faced, 10 of them via strikeout, as he came as close to a perfect game as one can get. The performance lowered his season ERA to 1.42, and put him on the unfortunate list of near perfectos, right along with Ernie Shore in 1917, who retired all 27 batters he faced after Babe Ruth walked the leadoff batter and was ejected for arguing.

1984- Lefty hits slam off Valenzuela

Fernando Valenzuela was not all that easy to hit off of, but nobody told Steve Carlton that on May 16, 1984. Carlton, who was known for being able to swing the bat well, lifted off against Valenzuela for a grand slam in the fourth inning—his 10th career home run. Carlton also was the winning pitcher, as he allowed just one run and struck out six in seven innings.  Since Lefty’s slam, only two Phillies’ pitchers—Jeff Juden in 1995 and Robert Person in 2002—have accomplished the feat.





Join Ian Riccaboni for Pro Wrestling at the Monster Factory!

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, May 03, 2014 11:01 AM Comments: 0

MFactoryLooking for a night of fun and family-friendly entertainment? Join our Ian Riccaboni tonight at 7:00 PM at the World Famous Monster Factory as he interviews the roughest and toughest pro wrestling stars of today and tomorrow including Monster Factory tag team champions AC Roc, Supersonic Champion “Good News” Hughes, and ECW originals such as the Blue Meanie and Bilvis Wesley. Tickets are just $12! Doors open at 6:00 PM!

Please bring any gently used clothing and/or blankets in support of the Florida flood victims!

Ian is no stranger to the world of pro wrestling, interviewing the Blue Meanie and Monster Factory owner Danny Cage for Phillies Nation TV on the Comcast Network!

For the full card details and directions, please click here.

The World Famous Monster Factory has produced WWE champions The Big Show and Sheamus as well as Bam Bam Bigelow, The Godfather, the Headbangers, D’Lo Brown, Tatanka, and Cliff Compton – you don’t know which athlete you see today will be an international star of tomorrow!


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!


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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