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Meet Phillies Legends this Weekend at Valley Forge Casino and Resort

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, September 26, 2014 01:20 PM Comments: 0

SVA_NoHitClub.300x250.PRF1On Saturday, September 27th, fans will have an opportunity to meet five of the six Philadelphia Phillies who threw a complete perfect game or no-hitter in the last 50 years at the Philadelphia Sportscard and Memorabilia Show located in the Valley Forge Casino and Resort. This includes Roy Halladay, Jim Bunning, Rick Wise, Terry Mulholland, and Phillies Nation TV star, Tommy Green. Additionally, you can meet current Phillies such as Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz, Maikel Franco and Cody Asche as well as past stars like Darren Daulton, and on Sunday, Art Mahaffey, Bobby Wine, Frank Thomas and Bobby Shantz.  Plus, bring your camera because there will be free photos with the Phillie Phanatic and free autograph tickets for our furry green friend to the first 100 guests.

There will be 12 VIP tickets available for elite fans to personally meet the pitchers and witness the signing of their own historic piece as part of Sports Vault’s inaugural event launching their new brand: Sports Vault Access “Beyond the Game.” Sports Vault Access is a new platform that provides sports fans with unparalleled access to athletes through unique events and meet-and-greet opportunities.

Additionally, if you can’t make the event there is great opportunity to own a limited edition autographed framed photo. This MLB licensed 20 “x 24″ Philadelphia Phillies Perfect Game/No Hitter Photo, created exclusively by Sports Vault, displays all six Phillies who threw a complete perfect game or no-hitter in the last 50 years (those listed above plus Kevin Millwood). As a limited edition photo, only 100 pieces will be created with each player personally autographing his name and inscribing his accomplishments including the date of their historical performance.  Plus, exclusively for Phillies Nation readers, you can save 20% off the price of the autographed photo by using the following coupon code at checkout:  20NoHit

For more information and to purchase tickets or memorabilia, visit: www.sportsvaultaccess.com

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Meet Phillies Legends this Weekend at Valley Forge Casino and Resort

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, September 23, 2014 05:02 PM Comments: 5

SVA_NoHitClub.300x250.PRF1On Saturday, September 27th, fans will have an opportunity to meet five of the six Philadelphia Phillies who threw a complete perfect game or no-hitter in the last 50 years at the Philadelphia Sportscard and Memorabilia Show located in the Valley Forge Casino and Resort. This includes Roy Halladay, Jim Bunning, Rick Wise, Terry Mulholland, and Phillies Nation TV star, Tommy Green. Additionally, you can meet current Phillies such as Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz, Maikel Franco and Cody Asche as well as past stars like Darren Daulton, and on Sunday, Art Mahaffey, Bobby Wine, Frank Thomas and Bobby Shantz.  Plus, bring your camera because there will be free photos with the Phillie Phanatic and free autograph tickets for our furry green friend to the first 100 guests.

There will be 12 VIP tickets available for elite fans to personally meet the pitchers and witness the signing of their own historic piece as part of Sports Vault’s inaugural event launching their new brand: Sports Vault Access “Beyond the Game.” Sports Vault Access is a new platform that provides sports fans with unparalleled access to athletes through unique events and meet-and-greet opportunities.

Additionally, if you can’t make the event there is great opportunity to own a limited edition autographed framed photo. This MLB licensed 20 “x 24″ Philadelphia Phillies Perfect Game/No Hitter Photo, created exclusively by Sports Vault, displays all six Phillies who threw a complete perfect game or no-hitter in the last 50 years (those listed above plus Kevin Millwood). As a limited edition photo, only 100 pieces will be created with each player personally autographing his name and inscribing his accomplishments including the date of their historical performance.  Plus, exclusively for Phillies Nation readers, you can save 20% off the price of the autographed photo by using the following coupon code at checkout:  20NoHit

For more information and to purchase tickets or memorabilia, visit: www.sportsvaultaccess.com

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Interview with the President of the Athletic Club of Philadelphia

Posted by Johnny Goodtimes, Fri, September 05, 2014 12:30 PM Comments: 0

Scott AlbertsWith the 2014 Base-ball Exhibition and Fair taking place at the Naval Yard this weekend, I thought I’d chat with the President of the Athletic Club of Philadelphia (4701 South Broad Street) Scott Alberts. For the uninitiated, the Athletic Club is a group of local guys who get together to play old-fashioned baseball. And these dudes take it seriously. They have uniforms that match the ones the Philadelphia team wore when they played in the 1860s and 70s and they play by the exact rules laid down in 1864. It bears a close relation to the game we’ve come to know and love, but with some very interesting variations.

JGT: How was baseball different in 1864 than it is today?

SCOTT: Baseball has evolved in many ways in the past 150 years, but the most significant differences are that, in 1864, players did not wear gloves while playing in the field, pitches were required to be delivered in an underhand fashion, and a batter can be put out when a fielder catches a struck ball in the air OR after a single bounce. There are a number of other minor rule differences as well.

JGT: Why are grown men such as yourself deciding to dress up in wool jerseys to play baseball by rules that were in place 150 years ago? Why not just join a softball league instead and wear shorts and gloves on your hands?  Continue reading Interview with the President of the Athletic Club of Philadelphia

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Phillies Nation celebrates 10 years

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, July 25, 2014 02:28 PM Comments: 4

Phillies birthday cakeOn this day ten years ago, Phillies Nation was born.

Back in 2004, I was living in baseball-less Washington, DC and had no quality Phillies news readily available.  So I decided to take it upon myself to start something I would enjoy reading.  Thankfully, a decade later Phillies Nation is still my go-to source for news and analysis on the Phils.

I’m thoroughly amazed by how much it has grown.  At first it was just friends and family reading and posting comments.  Then around fall of 2005, when the Phillies were searching for a new GM, I began to notice the traffic spiking and several new commentors joining the blog.  Ever since then, we’ve welcomed hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of fans each with a special love of the Phillies.  Thank you to everyone who reads the site and interacts with Phillies Nation – whether as one of our 300,000 Facebook friends, 27,000 Twitter followers or 25,000 email subscribers – it’s wonderful to share this experience with you.

I hope you all have enjoyed the ride and all the things we offer Phillies fans like yourself.  After the blog, we began organizing road trips first to DC, then to Clearwater, New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston.  Soon after, we started making fun shirts and other merchandise.  All the while, we were heavily involved in local charities from the Arc of Philadelphia and Liberty USO to player charities and even our #Give4Mark campaign (which launched our own charity, the Phillies Nation Foundation).  More recently, we launched Phillies Nation TV which we feel further fills a void in sports media by providing baseball analysis with context and statistics, yet still from the perspective of die-hard fans.  And finally, last year we got involved in a local retail apparel shop, Shibe Vintage Sports, that simply sells cool sports stuff you can’t find elsewhere.

Of course, Phillies Nation would be no where near as wide ranging and insightful without the talented people that have helped to grow it along the way.  Thanks to the editorial leadership of, first, Tim Malcolm and, now, Pat Gallen we’ve been able to meld quality journalism with passionate fandom.  Following closely in their footsteps are the variety of reporters, columnists, hosts, writers and beermen that have lent their unique talents to our collective goal, including:  Rob, Amanda, Ian, Corey, Jay,  Natalie, Ryann, Paul, Michael, Jon F., Nick, Jim, Jon N., Don, Eric, Kieran, Ryan D., Alex, Kenny, Pat E., Ryan, Marty, Ryan G., Dipsy, Ben and Jason.

To those listed above and everyone reading this, thank you for all your support over the past ten years. Phillies Nation has grown and thrived because of people like you who are dedicated not just to winning a World Series, but to enjoying the journey with fellow fans. Go Phils!

And to wrap up our 10 Year Anniversary Post, I’ll leave you with the very first article posted on Phillies Nation.  Do you remember this day?

Milton Perfect though 8 1/3

What a game! Supurb pitching by Eric Milton, and Doug Glanville won’t have anything funny to say about this nailbiter. Phils funnyman nearly cost his team the win, which brings the unoffical total of 5 defensive mistakes in centerfield in the past week.

It was nice to see the Phillies’ young stars, Ryan Madson and Chase Utley, perform well today. Utley had the Phils first two RBIs including a HR. Smoltz just got the save up in New York, that means the Fightins’ are still a half game out.

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New Fantasy Baseball Leagues, Win $100,000

Posted by Brian Michael, Sun, July 20, 2014 10:08 AM Comments: 0

Play fantasy baseball with DraftKingsAs you know from time to time, we’ve featured one-day fantasy baseball leagues from our friends at DraftStreet.com. This past week they were acquired by a larger outfit you may already know, DraftKings. Fortunately for Phillies Nation readers, there are come cool perks involved with merger. For instance, first-time depositors at DraftKings receive a 100% bonus (up to $600) as well as a FREE entry into a day’s fantasy league (daily leagues are just $2 otherwise). Take a moment to create an account now to start playing.

For those who are new to the one-day fantasy baseball leagues, it’s super simple to play. Once you sign up, you have a $50,000 salary cap of fake money to pick your team of 10 players who are active that day. If your team does well, you can win cash immediately.

Also, for the next 3 days, you have a chance to not only win money, but win a chance to play in the $400,000 Mid-Summer Classic league comprising of Tuesday’s games. Enter a league today, and the top places will receive free entry to the Mid-Summer Classic. The winner of the Mid-Summer Classic wins a cool $100,000. How awesome is that?!

Sign up now before Tuesday’s deadline to draft your winning team!

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Attention: PN Is Seeking Photos!

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, July 07, 2014 10:14 AM Comments: 0

Hey Phillies Nation,

I hope your holiday weekends were all terrific. Over the weekend, Brian Michael and I met to determine the next steps in an ongoing, but still slightly-secret project of ours. One of the elements needed for the project are photographs.

Brian and I are seeking photos of Phillies players from all years, namely players that were featured in our Phillies Nation Top 100 Countdown. For the project we are working on, we would love to be able to incorporate a piece of the readership into the final product. The readership is as much as part of the site as we are.

Here are some details:

- We will publish the photos and assign full credit to the photographer. By sending us a photo, you are agreeing that you own the photo and that it is not someone else’s.

- There will be no financial compensation or royalties for the photo but there may be other rewards, such as Phillies Nation stickers, knick-knacks, doo-dads, and/or possibly a copy of the finished project. We are still unsure about the final item, and we don’t want to promise anything that may be out of our control, but we can assure you that we will attempt to be as generous as possible.

- The aggressive date for this project’s release is early December 2014 but its more likely release date is Spring 2015. We will notify those whose photos we use before the project is launched.

If you have a photo that you would like to submit for this project, please email them to me at ian@philliesnation.com with how you would like to be credited in this project. Also, please feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.

Thank you!

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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!

 

 

 

 

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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 >

Play Fantasy Baseball and win a Mike Schmidt jersey

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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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