A nice game tonight, I think we can all agree – a great start by Ryan Madson, securing the longest outing by a Phillies pitcher so far this season, and an offensive explosion (in a Coors Field of all places) with homeruns for Pat Burrell (4), Aaron Rowand (2) and two for Chase Utley (4), one of them a grand slam. It got a little too close for comfort there at the end, but yes, the Phillies have reeled off a three game winning streak, but just like last week, let’s not get too emotional. I still don’t agree with Charlie Manuel’s decision-making, but as it’s been said many times before, winning cures everything.
Thanks again for all those who came out on Opening Day and took part in the tailgate party. If you haven’t seen the pictures yet, click the image below for a slideshow. If you have seen the pictures, click the picture anyway because about 20 more photos were added, including a few from the first game of the Dodgers doubleheader (a.k.a. the Phillies first win.)
So building on the fun and success of our first Phillies Nation event, I wanted to inform everyone about some tentative plans for upcoming parties. The first one while officially billed as College Night is open to everyone and will take place next Thursday, April 20. A new promotion of the Phillies, College Nights honor local colleges with special introductions, giveaways, events & promotions. All students, faculty & alumni are invited to enjoy a $7 discount off $35-$15 regular price tickets purchased online for the dates listed below. Besides the dates being College Nights, there are extra promotions going on to lure you to the party, not the least of which our second tailgate party next Thursday.
- Wednesday, April 19 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals – Dollar Dog Day
- Thursday, April 20 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals – JRoll beanie hat (ages 15 and over) & Phillies Nation tailgate Party!
- Monday, April 24 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Colorado Rockies – Dollar Dog Day
- Wednesday, April 26 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Colorado Rockies
- Thursday, April 27 at 3:05 p.m. vs. Colorado Rockies – Businessperson’s Special
- Thursday, May 4 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Atlanta Braves
Now if that wasn’t enough we’re got two more schemes up our three-quarter length sleeves. The 3rd Phillies Nation tailgate party is scheduled for May 20th versus the Red Sox (which also has WB Mason Delivery Trucks for fans 14 and under). We are planning to hook up with Smokin’ Dave and his mouth-watering BBQ experience complete with pulled pork sandwiches, brisket, burgers, dogs….the works! The festivities start at 1 pm in the Jetro parking lot.
The following month’s event is being billed as the biggest one yet – a road trip to see the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals on June 10th at 1:05. We plan on taking 50 of the most fanatical (or first responding) Phillies fans for a bus trip down I-95 to visit the nation’s capital and see the NL east matchup. The day will start at CBP around 8 or 9 in the morning and, barring extra innings or traffic, return to the park around 8pm that night. Tickets for the game and bus should run somewhere between $40 and $50. We are also planning on meeting up with the Washington, DC branch of Phillies Nation for another great tailgate experience at RFK Stadium.
More information on these fun events will be provided as the dates near, but if you are interested, please leave a comment or send us an email so we can start estimating numbers. Even if the Phillies aren’t always winning inside the ballpark, it doesn’t mean we can’t have fun outside!