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Happy Mother's Day and More! Top 5 Things to Know for Phillies-Mets Series (May 11-13)

Area's Top Teachers and Hometown Hero to Be Honored On-Field; Comcast Phanatic About Reading Night & Book Collection; Plus, Thousands of Local Ballplayers Parade On-field; First Bud & Burger Night; Herr's Mother's Appreciation Day with Aaron Altherr's Mom & Phillies Front Office Member and Breast Cancer Survivor Recognized as MLB's Honorary Bat Girl

This weekend, the Phillies host the New York Mets (May 11-13). Below are the top things to know; plus, prepare for your visit to Citizens Bank Park by checking out What's New at the Ballpark including The Yard, the new kids' major league experience in right field and photo opportunities celebrating Phillies history in the Left Field Plaza.

  1. Top 10 All-Star Teachers from the tristate area to be honored on-field Friday!

On Friday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m., the Phillies are honoring the area's Top 10 All-Star Teachers on the field, selected from hundreds of nominations, during the 18th annual Teacher Appreciation Night presented by ENGIE before the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. A special Theme Night Ticket offer is available for teachers, along with their students and families, attending that night's game. The top 10 All-Star Teachers are:

This weekend, the Phillies host the New York Mets (May 11-13). Below are the top things to know; plus, prepare for your visit to Citizens Bank Park by checking out What's New at the Ballpark including The Yard, the new kids' major league experience in right field and photo opportunities celebrating Phillies history in the Left Field Plaza.

  1. Top 10 All-Star Teachers from the tristate area to be honored on-field Friday!

On Friday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m., the Phillies are honoring the area's Top 10 All-Star Teachers on the field, selected from hundreds of nominations, during the 18th annual Teacher Appreciation Night presented by ENGIE before the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. A special Theme Night Ticket offer is available for teachers, along with their students and families, attending that night's game. The top 10 All-Star Teachers are:

  1. Gina Conlen, Lionville Middle School, Exton, PA
  2. Joanna Fabii, Saint Anastasia School, Newtown Square, PA
  3. Jack Humes, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia, PA
  4. Justin Hunter, Henry C. Lea Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA
  5. Paul Larrea, Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, Willow Grove, PA
  6. Lisa Morelli, Montgomery Elementary School, North Wales, PA
  7. David Sullivan, Louis H. Farrell Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA
  8. Kelsey Torpey, Eyer Middle School, Macungie, PA
  9. Jon Wilson, Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center, Downingtown, PA
  10. Kevin Yourison, Pennsauken High School, Pennsauken, NJ

Plus, over 75 Phillies day of game employees who are also teachers or retired teachers will line-up on the Budweiser Rooftop and be recognized.

  1. U.S. Army Sergeant First Class to be honored as the Rothman Hometown Hero on Friday.

During the game on Friday, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Parsons from the Philadelphia Metro Recruiting Company will be honored as the Rothman Hometown Hero and will change a base during the third inning. In his 18 years of service, Sgt. 1st Class Parsons has been awarded such accomplishments as the Expert Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, Recruiting Badge, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

  1. Celebrate reading with the Phanatic at Comcast Phanatic About Reading Night & book collection on Saturday! Plus, thousands of local ballplayers parade on-field.

On Saturday, May 12, the Phillie Phanatic will celebrate his love of reading at Comcast Phanatic About Reading Night before the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. All children 14 and under will receive a copy of the Phanatic's newest children's book, "The Phillie Phanatic's Mascot All-Star Game," the 16th installment in a series of children's books detailing the adventures of baseball's silliest mascot. Fans can also help children across the region enjoy reading by donating a new or gently used children's book, benefitting PHILADELPHIA READS, when they enter the gates.

As part of the night, the Phanatic will celebrate the five most improved and five most outstanding readers selected from the program during a special on-field pregame ceremony, alongside the teachers who nominated them.

Also before the game, thousands of local youth baseball and softball players in full uniform will parade on-field as part of the Youth Baseball and Softball Celebration.

  1. First Bud & Burger Night of the season on Saturday.

Bud & Burger Nights are back and better than ever with the first of the 2018 season on Saturday! Gary "Sarge" Matthews will be at the new Boardwalk Burger stand at the Left Field Gate from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. to sign autographs and chat with fans. Fans 21+ are invited to enjoy specials on Budweiser throughout the ballpark. Plus, at the Hatfield grill stands, at Sections 106, 120, 135 and 136, and the Boardwalk Burger stand, special discounts on Bud & burgers will be available.

  1. Celebrate mom at Herr's Mother's Appreciation Day on Sunday! Also, Phillies Front Office member honored as MLB Honorary Bat Girl.

The Phillies are paying tribute to all moms before and during the 1:35 p.m. game on Sunday, May 13, with Herr's Mother's Appreciation Day. Aaron Altherr's mother, Michelle Altherr, will represent all moms in the Phillies Mother's Appreciation Day celebration. Look for her on-field during pregame!

In honor of moms everywhere, all women 15 & over will receive a Ladies Pullover, compliments of Herr's. Plus, Herr's mascot Chipper will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Also, be on the lookout for Phillies Honorary Bat Girl Pamella Hall, a beloved member of the Phillies Front Office who will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and be honored on-field Sunday for her fight against breast cancer. Hall is the Phillies Director, Landscaping & Site Work Operations and is responsible for keeping the ballpark beautiful. Read here about Hall's life-changing diagnosis and how she is "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer."

Gate Openings: Ashburn Alley opens two hours prior to game time; all gates open one and a half hours prior to game time.

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Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV and SportsRadio 94WIP will host all games during the season.

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