Phillies Celebrate the Holiday Season With Special Events for Fans

John Powers Middleton and parents Phillies Holiday Party 2017
John Powers Middleton with parents, Leigh Middleton and John S. Middleton, at the 2017 Phillies Holiday Party

The Phillies celebrated their 2017 season and the end of the year with a series of Phillies Holiday Fan Events throughout the month of December. The team and its leadership showed appreciation for fans with several family-friendly events at Citizens Bank Park, and special holiday promotions on Phillies gifts and gear.

The holiday season kicked off on December 2nd with the Phillies Holiday Sale and Tree Lighting at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies fans of all ages were joined by special guests Gabe Kapler, Rhys Hoskins and J.P. Crawford for an event-filled day. Activities included holiday photos with “Phanta Claus”, book signings, and a meet and greet with Phillies broadcasters. The event also featured shopping, with Phillies Charities selling signed memorabilia and game-used items for fans’ holiday wish lists. After dark, attendees gathered to light up the park for the holiday tree and ballpark lighting. The event was led by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, the Phillie Phanatic and right-hander Vance Worley.

Holiday festivities continued with the “Phillies 12 Days of Christmas” shopping event starting on December 13th and continuing through Christmas Eve. For each of the 12 days, fans could take advantage of daily promotions and specials on Phillies merchandise as well as exclusive Phillies experiences like free tours of the Phillies Clubhouse. 

John Powers Middleton is a Phillies partner. He and his mother, Leigh Middleton, and father, Phillies Managing Partner John S. Middleton, celebrated 2017 at the Phillies Holiday Party at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies Trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers



Last week, the Phillies traded catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ruiz was traded for Dodger’s catcher A.J. Ellis.

His departure was an emotional one for his Phillies teammates and fans. “Chooch” was a respected member of the team and considered a leader within the Phillies family. Chooch joined the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1998 at the age of 19. In 2007, he was promoted to the majors and was part of the team during the Phillies’ 2008 World Series victory.


Phillies Pitcher Andrew Bailey Visits Children’s Hospital

Phillies Pitcher Andrew Bailey and the Phillie Phanatic

Phillies Pitcher Andrew Bailey and the Phillie Phanatic paid a special visit a local children’s hospital last week as part of the Phillies’ Summer Week of Giving. Bailey and the Phanatic spent the morning with children being treated at the hospital, talking with them and playing games like Pin the Baseball on the Bat.

Bailey said it was important to put a smile on the children’s faces while they were going through a rough time.

Robin Capecci, Pediatric Oncology Social Worker, said the visit was a way for the kids who can’t go to games to spend time with members of the team, and to remember that people in the community are thinking about them.

The Phillies Summer Week of Giving took place July 18-22 and featured events to spread summer fun and give back to the community.