On January 8th, Army Sgt. 1st Class Jamil Ali thought he would be touring Citizens Bank Park. When he entered the conference room, Tommy Greene, who pitched a no-hitter for the franchise in 1991, was at the podium.
Next thing Ali knew, he was being walked to the front of the room to a standing ovation. Greene presented him with a Phillies jersey and told Ali that he would be taking an all-expenses-paid trip to the Phantasy Camp in Clearwater on January 20th.
Ali lives in North Philadelphia and was stationed in Iraq during the Phillies 2008 World Series win yet still found a way to watch every game. He was given the honor after being identified by the United Service Organizations and military commands in PA and NJ. With a long history of service, being a serious Phillies fan, and being physically fit, Ali was found to be a good fit for the honor.
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