Sure, the regular season doesn't actually start until tomorrow but the Phillies just hosted a 2-game on-deck series with the Pirates over the past two days. Not many places would sell out two exhibition games against a not-so-good team, but Citizens Bank Park did. The purpose of this series is to reach out to the fans and let them know the game is really all about them.
Since these games don't count, not many of the starters played, but that didn't stop them from making appearences around the ballpark. Outfielder and all-around good guy Hunter Pence made a surprise visit to the stands to help celebrate a lucky kid's birthday.
Teams like the Phillies are rare. They truly care about the fans and want to make the game as enjoyable as they can. I can't vouch for other teams but I have a feeling that the Phillies have some of the happiest fans and players in the Major Leagues. To put on events such as these are special, it makes me proud to be a life-long Phillies fan. I can't wait for Opening Day.
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