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Ballpark Buzz: Top Things to Know for Phillies vs. Yankees (6/25-27) & Nationals (6/28-7/1)

On Monday, the Phillies return to host the New York Yankees (6/25-27) followed by the Washington Nationals (6/28-7/1) at Citizens Bank Park. Below are the top things to know.

Plus, All-Star Voting has begun! Fans can #VotePhillies at phillies.com/vote. During all home games before the All-Star Game, fans are invited to stop by the Phillies Campaign Center behind Section 105 on the Main Concourse and cast their 2018 All-Star ballots.

On Monday, the Phillies return to host the New York Yankees (6/25-27) followed by the Washington Nationals (6/28-7/1) at Citizens Bank Park. Below are the top things to know.

Plus, All-Star Voting has begun! Fans can #VotePhillies at phillies.com/vote. During all home games before the All-Star Game, fans are invited to stop by the Phillies Campaign Center behind Section 105 on the Main Concourse and cast their 2018 All-Star ballots.

  1. The fun starts with a series against the Yankees, who make their first appearance at the ballpark since 2009! Also, Sesame Place Night on Monday and ceremonial first pitch by actor Miles Teller on Wednesday.

Sesame Place Night is on Monday, featuring a ceremonial first pitch by Oscar the Grouch as he is cheered on by Elmo and Abby Cadabby. Sesame Place will host a meet and greet with Oscar the Grouch, Elmo and Abby Cadabby at the Phanatic Phun Zone, located near the First Base Gate, when all gates open at 5:35 p.m.

Then on Wednesday, actor Miles Teller will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

  1. Beer lovers rejoice, every Monday is Miller Lite Monday, new "Brews and Baseball" Theme Night starts Thursday and Bud & Burger Night is Saturday!

On Monday, fans 21+ are invited to enjoy a discounted price on Miller Lite around the ballpark as part of Miller Lite Monday.

Beer enthusiasts are invited to the new "Brews and Baseball" Theme Night on Thursday. The $60 Theme Night package, for fans 21+, includes a 90-minute pregame party in the High & Inside Pub, flight of premium beer, Terrace Level game ticket and the opportunity to mingle with other beer lovers and representatives from fan-favorite beer manufacturers and breweries.

Saturday is Bud & Burger Night! Phillies alum and Club Ambassador Mickey Morandini will be at the Boardwalk Eats Burger stand at the Left Field Gate from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. to sign autographs and chat with fans. There will be specials on Budweiser throughout the ballpark for fans 21+. Plus, at the Hatfield grill stands, at Sections 106, 120, 135 and 136, and the Boardwalk Burger stand, special discounts on burgers will be available.

  1. Throwback Thursday features an MLB Network Drawstring Bag for all fans. Plus, Phillies to host a Pride Night Celebration sponsored by Giant!

At the first game of the Phillies-Nationals series, all fans will receive a retro MLB Network Drawstring Bag as part of the Phillies Throwback Thursday. Phillies players will sport 1980s era powder blue uniforms and organist George Akerley will be adding organ music and flavor throughout the game including a live performance of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch. Plus, the last Phillies pitcher in the history of Veterans Stadium and current MLB Network analyst, Dan Plesac, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Also happening Thursday, the Phillies invite fans to celebrate Philadelphia's rich LGBTQ+ culture at the third annual Pride Night Celebration sponsored by Giant at Citizens Bank Park. Rue Landau, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) and the Fair Housing Commission (FHC), will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus will perform the national anthem. The first 1,500 fans that purchase tickets through this Theme Night ticket offer will receive a Phillies Pride Night Rainbow Flag giveaway.

  1. XFINITY fireworks spectacular on Friday & Saturday!

Following the 7:05 p.m. game on Friday, June 29, and the 6:05 p.m. game on Saturday, June 30, fans will be able to enjoy a world-class firework show choreographed to music, compliments of XFINITY. To purchase tickets, go to phillies.com/tickets.

  1. Community Energy Solar Liberty Bell giveaway for kids on Sunday. Plus, Hailey Dawson to throw out a first pitch and The Monkees' Micky Dolenz to sing the national anthem.

On Sunday, kids 14 & under will receive a Community Energy Solar Liberty Bell giveaway at the 1:35 p.m. Phillies game. This special solar Liberty Bell rings when under light, just like the real thing at Citizens Bank Park!

Also happening on Sunday, 8-year-old Hailey Dawson will throw out a ceremonial first pitch with her Phillies robotic hand as part of her #Journeyto30 to raise awareness for Poland syndrome.

Plus, Micky Dolenz, best known as a vocalist and drummer of The Monkees, will perform the national anthem.

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

Fandom: Take photos with a giant Phillies sandcastle at Boardwalk Eats in Left Field this homestand! Check in using Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park's official mobile app, to receive special offers for retail, concessions and more. There is also a Boardwalk Eats secret menu exclusively available on the Ballpark app; download now to unlock the secret Boardwalk Eats menu items. Also, follow the action via @Phillies on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV and SportsRadio 94WIP will carry all games during the season and fans can tune into Spanish radio on 1680 WTTM.

Traffic: Log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions. Transit services are also available, for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.

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