The Philadelphia Phillies are trying to help their fans get through this blizzard with a little baseball related fun.
The Philly area has been buried in a foot and a half of snow during a blizzard that crushed the area overnight from Friday into today. The snow began to fall lightly in my neighborhood in the Somerton section of the city at around 7pm on Friday night. By this morning, we were buried.
The club included a picture of Citizens Bank Park as it looks on Saturday morning, along with a message encouraging fans to get out and make the Phillies part of any snow fun that they might be able to enjoy during the day:
The same message was also posted on the club’s Facebook and Instagram feed, so we can expect a number of entries in this contest before the deadline, which has been set at 7pm on Saturday night. Official rules for the contest can be found at this Phillies website link.
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UPDATE: as of this afternoon, the Phillies have added two tickets to the home opener for the contest winner!
During our “Phillies History Month” here at TBOH, the weather also gives us a chance to remember the only player in team history who we could find with a name appropriate for the conditions.
Jesse Winters pitched for the Phils during the 1921-23 seasons, after beginning his career in 1919-20 with the New York Giants. He went 12-22 during his time in Philly, allowing 510 hits over 405 innings pitched, with an atrocious 94/164 K:BB ratio. That’s almost as bad as this weather!
Of course, the Blizzard of 2016, “Snowmageddon 2016”, whatever you want to call it, is not over. The snow is expected to continue falling throughout the day on Saturday. Fans who may participate should use caution: bundle up appropriately for the severe conditions of blowing snow and high winds.
We can all take a bit of solace in the fact that there are just 25 days now until pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater, Florida for spring training, and just about six weeks until those Grapefruit League games begin!