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Stairs gives insight into new job,’08 NLCS homer, Olympic hockey and, of course, the Wing Bowl

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, February 21, 2014 08:45 PM Comments: 6

Earlier today, my co-hosts and I had the honor of talking with new Phillies color commentator Matt Stairs on our radio show. The former Phillie, legendary for his home run off Jonathan Broxton in the 2008 NLCS, opened up about his new broadcasting position, his opinions of the 2014 team and his classic homer, throwing in some other odds and ends along the way.

 (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Excerpts from the interview can be read below, with the questions to him in bold and his answers in quotes. (By the way, there is no question he is going to be the humor-man in the booth)

Before we get into things, the Canada-U.S.A. game just ended and I know you are a big hockey fan. Did you catch the game at all?

“You know what actually I missed the [women’s] game yesterday for the gold, and I missed it again today because I’m on my way down to Clearwater for baseball spring training and I decided to drive down. I’ll park somewhere on Sunday to watch the finals.”

Do you like Canada against Sweden? Sweden has been pretty good so far.

“So has U.S.A. U.S.A. was an awful tough team and I followed on Twitter as much as I could. It should be a good battle. It definitely was a big win for Canada, it gave us some confidence going against the powerhouse United States team.”

You mentioned you are on the way to Clearwater, where you and Jamie Moyer will start as two new broadcasters this year. Are you excited to finally get things going?

“I’m very excited. It should be a blast. It’s going to be different at first for both Jamie and I because we have never really done this before. It’s probably going to take a couple of innings to get used to it but we are both guys that have been around the game for a long time and know the game well. Jamie is more of a straight level guy that is straight to the point, I’m the type of guy that is going to be the comic relief in the booth and have fun with it, and be straight as well. I’m going to tell the people what is going on and that’s what it should be. That’s what the listeners deserve to hear.”

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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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Join Ian Riccaboni for Pro Wrestling at the Monster Factory!

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, January 11, 2014 12:59 PM Comments: 0

webLooking 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 former WWE superstars Colt Cabana and Cliff Compton, ECW originals such as the Blue Meanie and Bilvis Wesley, and Monster Factory champion Marc Cruz! Tickets are just $12! Doors open at 6:30 PM!

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!

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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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“Hunger Slam” Huge Success!

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, November 17, 2013 12:57 PM Comments: 0

Competitors surround the ring for the main event! Photo by Danny Cage

Competitors surround the ring for the main event! Photo by Danny Cage

Last night, Phillies Nation partnered with the Monster Factory to collect most-needed items for the Food Bank of South Jersey at the Monster Factory’s Second Annual Turkey Slam event. With a goal to collect enough food to fill one barrel, PN and the Monster Factory offered raffle tickets to those who donated an item for great prizes such as t-shirts, photos, and other memorabilia.

The truth is: the fine folks of Paulsboro didn’t need any prizes or motivation to contribute. The sell-out crowd filled over two barrels, smashing the goal and helping their community in a big way!

On behalf of the Monster Factory, Phillies Nation would like to thank everyone who attended Turkey Slam last night and contributed to helping erase hunger in South Jersey. You are all awesome.

If you were 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.

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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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Send us photos of your Phillies jack o’ lanterns

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, October 30, 2013 02:49 PM Comments: 0

Over the past two years, we’ve been collecting fan photos of Phillies jack o’lanterns, costumes and other spooky Halloween stuff. Check them out below and upload your own. This year, anyone who sends in a photo will be eligible to win a free Phillies hat! A winner will be randomly selected at midnight on Saturday, November 2nd.

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Join Ian Riccaboni for Pro Wrestling at the Monster Factory!

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, October 26, 2013 11:01 AM Comments: 0

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Looking 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 ECW original Belvis Wesley and Monster Factory champion “Trademark” Tommy Maclin! Tickets are just $12! Everyone at the Monster Factory is in the Halloween spirit – if you dress up as your favorite Monster Factory superstar present or past (this list includes Bam Bam Bigelow, Big Show, the Headbangers, and more), you can win a great prize!

Ian is no stranger to the world of pro wrestling, interviewing the Blue Meanie and 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!

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