The Phillies held their annual Fan Fest tonight in Clearwater, FL at Bright House Field. There was a silent auction, photos with the World Series trophy, game used jersey’s for sale, autographs, a moon bounce and, of course, the Phanatic. Sorry to report that I missed out on the moon bounce, but I think I can live with that. I did get autographs from the following Phillies, pictured below from top to bottom, left to right: Joe Blanton, Eric Bruntlett, Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Greg Dobbs and Matt Stairs.
Clay Condrey wandered though the crowd for a minute before the signings…I stopped him and yelled out for him to give me a high five. He stopped, turned and yelled back, “I gotcha right here!” and slapped me five. He is a funny guy. I also spoke to Scott Nickle (Phillies marketing) for a while; he remembered me from the cruise and stopped me to talk. He is going to try to plan another Phillies Cruise for next year :O)
At the end of the night, the Phillies planned a fireworks display; Brett Myers and Ryan Madson, who were not scheduled to appear, showed up with their families to see the show, along with Chad Durbin’s wife and child. Here are some shots of the guys on the field playing with the kids. I love the one of Madson tossing his kid into the air!
We all watched the fireworks and headed out. I’ll be attending practices over the next few days and will report back on that soon!
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