The Phillies held their annual ALS Charity Phestival today which was attended by a huge sold-out crowd.
All of the players, coaches and broadcasters were there to sign autographs, mingle with fans and a few took photos with fans as well. The Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay photo booths were very popular. Halladay was especially friendly, signing extra autographs for fans even though the photo came with his signature.
The staff did a great job handling the large crowd and things ran smoothly. It took less than 1/2 an hour for me to get through the Chase Utley line, which was a small miracle. Here is Utley plus Raul Ibanez, Chad Durbin, Jose Contreras, Ross Gload, and the 2009 NL Champs and 2008 World Series Trophy’s:
The players were in good spirits and with a little help, I walked out with 21 autographs, plus some nice goodies in the grab bags I bought. In the bags, I wound up with an Ibanez signed hat, a Brad Lidge signed ball, some bobbleheads and a ball signed by the entire broadcasting team. Not too shabby.
I also met some very interesting people, like Bryan, who is a Cole Hamels look-alike. He did eventually get a photo with Cole and hopefully, he will be emailing me a copy so I can share it with everyone. This photo here does not do justice to the resemblence, which is amazing. Every person who walked by him said, “Is that Cole Hamels?” Bryan may be changing his name to “Cole” soon ;0)
Another thing I thought was very nice was seeing ALL of the players there to support the charity, even those on the DL. Players not on the active roster can technically bail out on the event, as some have in years past. But Jimmy Rollins, Brad Lidge, JA Happ and Ryan Madson were all there. Kudos to these guys for their dedication!
By the way, back-up catcher Brian Schneider was also there as he has been taken off the DL and Paul Hoover was designated for assignment.
Here is the full Photo Album from the day. By the way, congratulations to the Philadelphia Flyers! They are on their way to the Stanley Cup finals! Go Philly!
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography