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Listen: Ian Riccaboni on Fox Sports NEPA

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 15, 2014 10:30 AM Comments: 1

Need a Phils fix before the All-Star game tonight?

Our Ian Riccaboni joined the Fox Sports NEPA crew last night to discuss the latest Phillies news and trade chatter. Click below to listen to Ian and CK from the The Game crew discuss the latest rumors and reports as the Phils stumble into the All-Star break.


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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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.


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.


Phillies Nation’s Ayres Wins Harry Kalas Award

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, August 23, 2013 08:14 AM Comments: 0

Kenny in the booth at CBP.

Kenny in the booth at CBP.

We’re all extremely proud to announce one of our own has received a tremendous award.

Kenny Ayres, one of Phillies Nation’s fine contributors, was presented with the 2013 Harry Kalas Award by the Phillies broadcasters. Here is the press release.


The Philadelphia Broadcasters Foundation is pleased to announce Kenneth Ayres as the winner of the 2013 Kalas Award, given annually to a Philadelphia-area college student wanting to follow in the footsteps of the late Phillies broadcaster, Harry Kalas.

Ayres, a native of Ambler, PA, is beginning his senior year at West Chester University. He is a communication studies major with a minor in journalism, and has been extremely active in both student and commercial media while making Dean’s list in four straight semesters. He is currently completing his second summer with the Lehigh valley IronPigs broadcasting and media relations departments. He has worked on air for WBCB 1490 in Levittown, providing live sports updates and play-by-play of local American Legion baseball broadcasts. For three years he has worked for the West Chester University student station, WCUR 91.7 The Curve. Ayres lists Harry Kalas ‘ description of Ryan Howard’s third deck home run off Mike Mussina on June 20, 2006 as one of his favorite Kalas calls.

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Pat Gallen on “Good Day Philadelphia”

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, April 02, 2013 02:45 PM Comments: 2

This morning on Fox 29′s Good Day Philadelphia, our own Pat Gallen joined Mike and Sheinelle to talk some Phillies following their Opening Day loss to the Braves.

And don’t forget to check out Pat and Corey tonight at 6:30 on The Comcast Network for Phillies Nation TV!


Corey Seidman & Spike Eskin Play Phillies Over/Under on WIP

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, March 28, 2013 02:12 PM Comments: 1

Our own Corey Seidman spoke with Spike Eskin on 94.1 WIP earlier today about Phillies Nation TV, statistical analysis in baseball, Roy Halladay and some Phillies over/under prognostications. Have a listen!


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


Pat Gallen on Daily News Live

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, September 21, 2012 03:51 PM Comments: 4

Pat made his debut on Daily News Live yesterday. He discussed J-Roll, Ryan Howard and Tyler Cloyd alongside Dave Murphy, Stan Hochman and Michael Barkann. Check out the clip!


Gameday: Mets (59-69) vs. Phillies (61-67) – Video Preview

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, August 28, 2012 06:12 PM Comments: 40

New York Mets (59-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (61-67)

Chris Young (3-7, 4.33) vs. Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Scattered Thunderstorms, 83
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Check out Corey on SNY.tv previewing the Mets series on their “Know Your Enemy” segment:

I love winning! It’s like, you know, better than losing!
-Nuke LaLoosh

I found this quote in an old gameday thread from 2009.  After sweeping the Washington Nationals, this quote seems to fit perfectly for the Phillies as of late.  The Phillies are two games ahead of the Mets in the National League East for third place.  We expected this of the Mets, but not the Phillies.

Vance Worley has had a roller coaster season: sometimes he’s great, sometimes he struggles.  He’s coming off a decent start, so he needs to work on the consistency.  He isn’t as good as he was last season, but he did have some injury problems.  Regardless, he’s still a solid middle to back of the rotation kind of guy.

Your Gameday Beer: Holy Moses White Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Company

Tonight’s beer comes from Cleveland. It’s a Belgian-style witbier spiced with orange peel and coriander. It’s unfiltered, so there’s yeast at the bottom, which some people might not like, but it’s got a great aftertaste. There you have it. So buy your squeeze a bottle of Holy Moses tonight and get ready to watch the Phils battle. -By Michael

Go Phillies!


Corey Seidman on ESPN Williamsport

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, March 28, 2012 02:00 PM Comments: 2

Corey Seidman joined 1050 ESPN Radio in Williamsport earlier this week to talk Phillies with host Trevor Turner.

They mostly focused on Chase Utley’s injury and its implications on the team, but also delved into Domonic Brown’s prospects for playing this year and Ryan Madson’s unfortunate turn of events.

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