August 10, 2007
Rollins, ss; Iguchi, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Helms, 3b; Werth, rf; Coste, c; Hamels, p.
This weekend’s series is a huge one. Then again, every game will be that way the rest of the way.
Huge crowds are expected for each of the three games, somewhere in the neighborhood of 128,000 total. Don’t forget, for those Phillies fans scattered around the country, you can see Sunday’s game because it is on ESPN TV, an 8:05 national telecast.
Before the battles begin on the field, there will be Alumni events each day. For all the details about the weekend, just check out: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20070801&content_id=2122630&vkey=pr_phi&fext=.jsp&c_id=phi
Tonight promises to be emotional as we honor the late John Vukovich. His Wall of Fame plaque was mounted yesterday morning. Three of his closest Phillies friends, Jeff Cooper, the long-time athletic trainer, Frank Coppenbarger, Director of Team Travel and broadcaster Chris Wheeler, will unveil the plaque during the ceremonies.
Vuke was so proud of his triplet granddaugters. They’ll be here tonight, too. Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell and Chase Utley will be carrying the infants to the home plate stage. Chase’s main concern, “She won’t wet on me, will she?”
I don’t know of any other baseball team that has such a detailed Alumni Weekend. It is very important to the organization to maintain ties with our Alumni because they will always be part of the Phillies family.
In planning such a weekend, the first thing is to select the dates once we receive the schedule for the next season. Once that is done, we begin notifying the Alumni in early April. We, being myself, Debbie Nocito and Leigh Tobin. Details for such a weekend also include Kurt Funk and Chris Long of the events staff. It is a total team effort.
Everyone wants autographs but we just can’t get into that. If we started, I don’t know when or how we could end. We will have Alumni greeting fans at the gates tonight and tomorrow night, a chance for fans to rub elbows with their heroes from the past.
The idea behind tonight’s ceremony is to provide fans with a Phillies moment they will remember forever.
The ceremonies will be live on Comcast SportsNet for those fans in the Philly area. It can also be seen on Press Room and the mlb.tv feed on mlb.com..