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Laura Swartz

  1. The Phillie Phanatic is in the holiday spirit

    Dec 16, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    phanatic & salvation army

    The holidays are a magical time when anything can happen, like the Phillie Phanatic running into you on your way back from Starbucks in the middle of the day in Center City, Philadelphia.  The Phanatic spent his lunchtime outside Liberty Place with the Salvation Army, willing to do whatever it took to get people to…

  2. The Ultimate Throwback Thursday: Remembering the 2008 World Series Parade

    Oct 31, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT


    Five Halloweens ago, we awoke as champions, and headed out to celebrate.  It was a perfect Fall day (even if it wasn’t, I’d remember it that way), and the streets were filled with joy, confetti, and Phillies red.  Some of us were drunk, some of us were sober… but none of us were sober. The…

  3. Who Said It: Sarge Matthews or a Child in the AT&T Commercials?

    Sep 30, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT


    Congratulations, everyone!  We survived the Sisyphusian hellscape that was the 2013 Phillies season.  It hasn’t been pretty. But we had some fun, didn’t we? I said some.  If you were like many fans this season, you attended fewer games at Citizens Bank Park, so you probably found yourself watching more of the broadcasts.  This has…

  4. ‘Phillies at the Beach’ Was Pretty Fun, Aside From the Actual Game Part

    Aug 30, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT


    Nearly 1000 fans showed up in Atlantic City to watch the Phillies game at the beach.  The less said about the game, the better, so let’s just look at some pictures of the Phanatic, shall we? The Phanatic brought a giant inflatable remote, because of course he did.   Then the Phanatic made himself comfortable…

  5. Charlie Manuel Gives His Farewell Radio Broadcast on 1210

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

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    “In baseball I got to do something I truly cherish. And not that many people get to do that.” Charlie Manuel talked with host Rickie Ricardo at The Shops at Liberty Place for his final broadcast on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.  Fans gathered at the rotunda to watch the broadcast and show their appreciation, holding…

  6. Domonic Brown Adopts Pitbull Puppy, Touches Our Hearts

    Aug 20, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Photo from Green Street Animal Rescue

    It all started with Domonic Brown asking Twitter where he could find a new best friend. Now, thanks to Greene Street Animal Rescue, Brown has been united with an adorable pitbull puppy named Wreck (an homage to the 2013 season or just a happy coincidence?).  Sure, it’ll be a challenging time ahead, what with the…

  7. Watch Nerlens Noel Dance Gangnam Style with Children

    Jul 30, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT


    I’m no doctor, but I’m gonna go ahead and say Nerlens Noel is on the way to recovery from his torn ACL, at least well enough to teach kids at John Calipari’s ProCamps the important lessons of teamwork, leadership, and Gangnam Style. Who is having more fun at ProCamps, the little ones or Nerlens Noel?…

  8. What a Day at Citizens Bank Park

    Jul 14, 2013, 2:20 AM EDT


    24 innings of baseball. One demoralizing loss. Then back to the park for another seemingly endless game. The feeling that the day game was happening all over again. An 11th inning wave-a-thon. Midnight came and went. Savery came in. Savery stayed in. But then, Michael Young delivered. Joy (and relief) filled the stadium. And then…

  9. Nerlens Noel Talks About his Fresh Prince Flattop to GQ

    Jun 29, 2013, 9:21 AM EDT


    Now this is a story all about how A Wildcat’s life got flipped-turned upside down… Now that the drama of the NBA Draft has slowed, we can focus on a small little detail that may have gotten lost in the shuffle—fashion.  With a new draft class comes a new era in the NBA Style Wars,…