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Top 10 Phillies promotions and giveaways of 2017

Top 10 Phillies promotions and giveaways of 2017

Single-game tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Philadelphia Phillies season and to make picking games easier, here’s a top ten guide to the best promotions and giveaways fans at Citizens Bank Park can enjoy.
 
1. Opening Day Commemorative Knit Hat — April 7 vs. Washington Nationals
Baseball is back in Philadelphia and the team is giving out these sweet knit hats for those cold April nights when the wind is gusting out to left field. Here’s hoping the team will be a little better than the 2-4 record they sported last year when they opened the gates for the first time at Citizens Bank Park.

2. Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Nights — April 10, April 26, May 9
Forgo eating the entire day so that you can do your best Joey Chestnut impression three times this season and see how many of these delicious hot dogs you can down in nine innings of baseball.

3. Ladies Crossbody Tote Bag — May 7 vs. Washington Nationals
This stylish bag is available to women aged 15 and older, and tickets to this game could make the perfect Mother’s Day gift with the team on the road on May 14.

4. Hawaiian Shirt Giveaway — June 18 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Want to stand out in a crowd? Wear this blue Hawaiian shirt the Phillies are giving away to men 15 and older. The game is on Father’s Day, so bring the old man and look outrageous together.

5. Fireworks Shows — July 6 and July 7 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
A staple of the Phillies’ promotional calendar, the Phillies will have their classic fireworks shows a few days after we celebrate Independence Day. Note the early start times of 6:05 and 6:35 on these nights.

6. Mike Schmidt Bobble Figurine — July 8 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Haven’t had enough baseball after taking in back-to-back fireworks shows? This bobblehead of the Hall of Famer will look great on your desk or displayed prominently in your home.

7. Kids Retro Pullover Jacket — July 9 vs. San Diego Padres
You’ll be begging the staff at the gate to give you one of these sweet jackets, for fans 14 and under.

8. Photo Night — July 22 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Another classic Phillies theme night, the popular Photo Night is back. Be sure to arrive early to take photos on the field with your favorite players and make sure your cameras and devices are all charged up.

9. Phanatic Bobble Body — July 30 vs. Atlanta Braves
Fans 14 and under will receive this solar powered Phanatic Bobble Body figurine. You’ll have to drive a hard bargain to pry this one away from your youngster.

10. Back-to-School Alarm Clock — Aug. 27 vs. Chicago Cubs
Another one for kids 14 and under, who will be receiving this awesome alarm clock with the Phanatic’s likeness. You’ll also get a chance to see the reigning World Series Champions.


 
Honorable Mention: May 9 and Sept. 18 — Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley Return
The 2008 team has a special place in the hearts of all Phillies fans. Carlos Ruiz, who never received a full send-off last season, and Chase Utley, who received quite the welcome last year, will be back to play a two-game and three-game series, respectively, with the Mariners and Dodgers.

Ryan Howard, still attempting to sign with a team, could be back as well.

Watch Jalen Mills pregame hype speech in Dallas

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Watch Jalen Mills pregame hype speech in Dallas

Sunday Night Football. The Eagles vs. the Cowboys. This is what football fans in Philadelphia live for.

It doesn't take a whole lot to get Philly fans fired up for an NFC East rivalry game down in Dallas at AT&T Stadium but this video of the Birds' players getting hyped themselves should do the trick.

Jalen Mills, who has stepped up nicely in a leadership role this season, took center stage to fire his team up. NSFW languange. 

Let's go #BirdGang.

Mills was also rocking a sweet new Gang Green t-shirt the defense had made. More on those here.

Sixers' future is now, but maybe not quite there yet

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Sixers' future is now, but maybe not quite there yet

Wow, was that first half against the Golden State Warriors fun Saturday night or what? Going into the break up 22, with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons dominating, Robert Covington and JJ Redick hitting from everywhere and the Warriors playing at least marginally shook, looking like a team woefully underprepared for a fully weaponized Sixers squad. It was absolutely stunning seeing it all come together, since as good as the Sixers had been through 14 games so far this year, they'd still never played a full game this season with both their shooters hitting and their stars locked in. 

And they still haven't. As second quarter gave way to third, can't say for certain if the Warriors' switch was flipped, but something definitely was. All of a sudden, the paint closed off for Embiid and Simmons, Covington started clanking and trying to defend the Warriors was as fruitless as trying to save a soup with a hole torn in the takeaway carton. Philly's 22-point lead turned into a 10-point deficit, and it wasn't coming back. Final score: 124-116, Warriors. 

Once this one really got outta control — in a bad way — you kinda just had to laugh about it. The Sixers' first-half steamrolling was head-smackingly unsustainable, but to see everything good about their performance dissolve so fully and so quickly, there was nothing really to say: You just had to recall fondly how hilariously beautiful those first 24 minutes were, and know that someday we'll get a performance like that from the Liberty Ballers that extends all 48. Maybe even against these Warriors, who probably weren't gonna lose to both the present and the future of the Eastern Conference in back-to-back outings. 

As much fun as it would've been for the Sixers to jump their timeline about two seasons in one night, they're not there yet. Half their bench is out, for one thing, including that guy Markelle Fultz who should still be an enormous difference-maker for Brett Brown's crew if he ever gets his head (and his shoulders) straight. And though Simmons and Embiid already both show flashes of "Oh My God They've Figured It Out" and "We're All Doomed" with absurd frequency, to expect them to have totally solved the NBA with 59 games of Association experience between them is not terribly realistic. The team's turned a corner this season, no doubt, but there's still a lot of corners left in that treehouse for them to investigate. 

The good news? The Sixers are staying at home for a while now — after playing 10 of their first 14 on the road, they're now in the midst of eight of nine in South Philly — with challenging, but mostly winnable games coming up, including Monday night against the Utah Jazz. The Sixers are not ready to run the rest of the league off the court just yet, but they're ready to establish themselves as one of the decisively good teams, and hopefully, their home building as one of the league's obviously tough arenas. For a team where crisis forever lurks just below the surface, that would certainly be enough Process-to-Progress for one season.