Week of Giving
Next week is a week of giving for the Phillies organization, an annual series events at this time of the year.
**Monday evening, Community Heroes Honored at Phillies Charities Holiday Party, Diamond Club. Over 150 community heroes and their families will be there as the Phillies salute those who represent organizations that provide valuable services to people in need. Approximately $2 million in grants from Phillies Charities, Inc., will be presented to the community heroes. David Montgomery, Charlie Manuel, Tom McCarthy and Scott Palmer will take part in the salute along with Phanta Claus.
**Tuesday late afternoon, Toys Galore & Pizza Party, Ford PAL Center. Donations from the Christmas in July Toy Drive at Citizens Bank Park last summer will be distributed to over 100 children by the Phanatic, Ballgirls and Scott Palmer. In addition, the Phillies will present a $10,000 check to once again adopt the Ford PAL Center.
**Wednesday, Phillies Holiday Food Drive, Majestic Clubhouse Store. The Phillies and ARAMARK are hosting a food drive to benefit Philabundance and We Feed the Homeless Philly. Collection starts on Wednesday and runs through December 23. Among the items needed are juice/water, boxes of pasta, large cans of tomato sauce/soup, creamy peanut butter, jelly, canned food, macaroni and cheese and breakfast cereal.
**Thursday, Phillies Holiday Luncheon at Bethesda Project, noon, Our Brother’s Place Homeless Facility, 907 Hamilton Street. Members of the Phillies family will serve a holiday dinner to over 200 homeless community members. ShopRite is donating 25 turkeys. Phillies front office personnel donate, prepare and serve the food. David Montgomery, Ruben Amaro Jr., Charlie Manuel, Larry Andersen, Scott Franzke and Phillie Phanatic will participate as servers.
**Monday, December 17, Adopt-a-Phamily Special Holiday Delivery, 9:30 a.m., PathWay’s, 310 Amosland Road, Holmes, Pa. The Phanatic and Ballgirls will deliver holiday cheer along with toys and other special gifts to families receiving help from Pathways, which provides residential and community-based services for women, children and families. Members of the Phillies front office acted as Secret Santa to families, purchasing gifts.
Shane Wearing Red Again
Pending a physical exam, Shane Victorino will be playing for the Red Sox. So, in one year he went from the east coast (Phillies) to the west coast (Dodgers) and now back east. It you are keeping track of baseball socks, that’s red to blue to red.
Shane is hosting his annual celebrity golf event today in Hawaii, which is a long way from a Boston doctor.
Knowing Shane, he’s already checked out the Red Sox schedule. They have a unique back-to-back series with the Phillies in May: 27-28 in Fenway and 29-30 in Citizens Bank Park.
**Paul Hagen, former baseball writer with the Daily News and now on the MLB.com staff, has been chosen as the J. G. Taylor Spink Award winner for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” Paul will be honored during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend in July.
He’s the fifth writer that has covered the Phillies to win the prestigious award, joining Allen Lewis, 1981 (Inquirer), Ray Kelly, 1988 (Evening Bulletin), Bus Saidt, 1992, (Trenton Times) and Bill Conlin, 2011 (Daily News).
**Darold Knowles, former Phillies pitcher and coach, was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame yesterday.
This blog climbed from #19 in the MLB.com Pro Blogs category in October to #14 in November. You are the reason for this climb, so thanks. Or, as good friend Juan Samuel would say, “gracias.”
New Alumni Feature
Check out the Phillies pitchers (four) who have won the Cy Young Award at www.phillies.com/alumni. Cool photo of one of the four.
New Thursday Feature
During every Thursday blog, will toss out a mind-scratching question. Feel free to chuckle or wrinkle your nose in disgust. Or, if you have something to contribute, send it to me.
Drum roll, please………………….
Did you Ever Wonder
What chairs would look like if our knees bent the other way?