On Friday, April 27, high school students - and their parents and teachers - are invited to go behind-the-scenes with the Phillies and find out what it's like to work for a major league baseball team at this exclusive pre-game event!
- Hear from a Phillies player, who will speak to students about their high school and major league experience
- Learn from Phillies professionals during a panel discussion in the Phillies Media Room. Phillies panelists (subject to change) include: Michele DeVicaris, Director, Community and Charity Events; Tom McCarthy, Phillies Broadcaster; Missy Perez, Marketing & New Media Representative; and Ryan Simon, Coordinator, Ticket Services & Intern Program. Moderator:Scott Palmer,, Director of Public Affairs.
- Take selfies with Gary "Sarge" Matthews, 1983 National League MVP and Club Ambassador, who will also be providing a special welcome! Plus, take photos with the World Series Trophies and meet the Phillies Ballgirls!
- Appetizers will be provided by the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, who will be on site with information about their high school programs
- Cheer on the Phillies with a ticket to that night's Phillies-Braves game with seating in Sections 201-204.
- Ticket price includes $12 worth of concession credit that can be redeemed throughout the ballpark for food, beverage and/or merchandise.
To order tickets (subject to availability), click on the "Buy Now" button below and enter the password: HIGHSCHOOL
- Check-in, as well as photos with Gary Matthews and the World Series Trophies, begins at 4 p.m. The panel program officially starts at 5 p.m., followed by the Phillies-Braves game at 7:05 p.m.
- Registration is $30 per person, with a maximum of 200 students for the event.
- Students are urged to ask questions throughout the session and encouraged to tweet them in advance to @Phillies using #HighSchoolSeries.
- After the game, stay for a free postgame concert featuring Zedd, who will be bringing his live EDM experience to the ballpark! Each game ticket is also a concert ticket - no additional purchase is required to attend.
- Plus, all attendees 15 and over receive Coca-Cola Phillies Headphones.
Gary Matthews Sr. - Phillies Ambassador & 1983 National League MVP
Known around the baseball world simply as "Sarge," Gary enters his fifth season as a Club Ambassador for the Phillies. Matthews' on-air experience includes radio and tv analysis and color commentary for Toronto (2000-01) and Philadelphia (2007-13).
The former outfielder played 16 seasons in the majors, including three with the Phillies (1981-83). He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1983 National League Championship Series when the Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to the World Series. He also played for the San Francisco Giants (1972-76), Atlanta Braves (1977-80), Chicago Cubs (1984-87) and finished his playing career with the Seattle Mariners in 1987. For his career, Gary hit .281 with 234 home runs, 978 RBI and 183 stolen bases in 2,033 games.
In addition to his NLCS MVP trophy, Gary won the National League Rookie of the Year award (BBWAA and The Sporting News) in 1973 and was a member of the NL All-Star team in 1979. He appeared in the NL Division Series with the Phillies in 1981, the NLCS and World Series with the Phillies in 1983 and the NLCS with the Cubs in 1984. He led the Phillies in game-winning RBI in 1982 with 17.
Following his playing career, Gary worked in private industry before joining the Cubs organization as a minor league hitting instructor (1995-97). He spent seven seasons as a major league coach: Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach, 1998-99; Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach, 2000; and Cubs hitting coach, 2003-04 and first base coach, 2005-06. His lone postseason appearance as a coach was with the Cubs in 2003.
Gary was drafted out of San Fernando High School in 1968, the 17th player selected in the June draft. His son, Gary Jr., played in the majors with seven different teams, including the Cubs (2000-01). Gary and his son are one of seven father/son combinations to play for the Cubs in club history.
Scott Palmer - Director, Public Affairs, The Phillies
Scott is involved in various aspects with the Phillies including media relations, fan relations and advertising. He also hosts the W.B. Mason Behind the Pinstripes, a weekly show that airs a half hour before every Sunday game on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Prior to joining the club, Scott was an anchor and sportscaster at WPVI-6ABC in Philadelphia for over 24 years.
In 2016, Scott was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, which honors the lifetime sports contributions of Pennsylvanians. Scott is also a proud member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.
Tom McCarthy - Phillies Broadcaster
Tom is in the 11th year of his second tour of duty with the Phillies doing television play-by-play. In his first stint with the club he spent five seasons (2001-05) as the host of the pre- and post-game radio shows, while also doing radio play-by-play. He also hosted his own weekday afternoon-drive show on ESPN Radio 920 AM, which concentrated on local sports. He spent the 2006-07 seasons as a radio broadcaster with the New York Mets on WFAN before returning to the Phillies in November of 2007.
A graduate of The College of New Jersey (BA degree in communications), Tom spent six seasons with the Trenton Thunder, the former double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. He was hired as director of public and media relations in 1993 and promoted to assistant general manager in 1996, while also working as one of the team's broadcasters, doing play-by-play on radio and television for CN8.
After the 1999 season, Tom left the Thunder to pursue a full-time career in broadcasting, creating the first local-driven show on ESPN Radio 1680 AM. He also used to work national shows for ESPN Radio.
Tom has done extensive broadcasting for collegiate sports in his career. He currently does NFL games for CBS, baseball for FOX, basketball and college football play-by-play for CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV) and NFL and college basketball games for Westwood One, after three years of doing the NFL with Sports USA Radio. Previously, he worked as the radio voice of the Saint Joseph's University men's basketball team (2004-09) and the play-by-play voice for Rutgers University football (2001-03), as well as Princeton University football (1995-2000) and men's basketball (1995-2003).
In 2000, Tom earned a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for his work on CN8 and is a two-time winner (2002 & 2004) of the Achievement in Radio Award for Best Local Sports Coverage. He also received the Radio/TV Excellence Award from the New Jersey Sportswriters Association in January 2007 and the Good Guy Award in 2009. He was inducted into the Trenton Baseball Hall of Fame in the summer of 2011 and had the radio booth at Trenton's Waterfront Park named after him. Additionally, he was named the 2013 Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Tom was born in Jersey City, N.J. He and his wife Meg live in Allentown, N.J., with their two sons, Patrick and Tommy, and two daughters, Maggie and Kerri.
Michele DeVicaris - Director, Community and Charity Events, The Phillies
Michele joined the Phillies organization as an intern in 1999 while she was a junior at LaSalle University. Upon graduation in 2000, she was hired as a full-time Group and Season Ticket Representative in the Sales Department.
From 2003-2009, she transitioned to the Events Department and was part of the group that executed the ceremonies of closing down the legendary Veterans Stadium and opening of Citizens Bank Park. It was also there that she helped orchestrate the memorable 2008 World Series Championship parade down Broad Street.
In 2009, Michele transitioned into the Community Outreach Department, where she currently serves as Director of Community and Charity Events. In her current role, she oversees the Phillies' community events including seasonal giving, fundraising and hospital visits as well as supervising the 50/50 Drawing and Phillies Ballgirls. She serves on the boards of Phillies Charities, Inc., ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter and Kisses For Kyle.
Michele is a graduate of St. Hubert High School for Girls and LaSalle University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Master's degree in Education.
Missy Perez - Marketing and New Media Representative, The Phillies
Missy Perez is in her second season with the Philadelphia Phillies as the team's marketing and New Media Representative.
A Florida native, Missy attended H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, FL. She then went on to continue her studies with a focus in Telecommunication (Broadcast Journalism) and Sports Management at the University of Florida - Go Gators!
Missy has spent the past four seasons working in baseball, with previous stints with the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians. With the Phillies, Missy manages a wide range of things including: content, engagement and other marketing efforts on all official @Phillies social media channels.
Ryan Simon - Coordinator, Ticket Services & Intern Program, The Phillies
Ryan Simon is a proud Philadelphia native and sports enthusiast. He currently works as the Coordinator, Ticket Services for the Philadelphia Phillies; a role that allows him to hire, train, and manage the Phillies' largest group of undergraduate interns.
Prior to his current role, Ryan served the Phillies in a number of capacities including Giveaway Staff Supervisor, Merchandising Representative, and Season and Group Sales Representative. Additionally, Ryan worked as an Assistant Director, Customer Service Communications at Drexel University and as Family Shows Account Representative for Comcast Spectator.
Due to his wide range of experiences in the world of sports/entertainment, Ryan often serves as guide and mentor to college students looking to break into the industry.
Ryan is a graduate of Father Judge High School in Philadelphia. He holds a degree in business administration with a concentration in sport management and marketing, as well as a minor in public relations. He also earned his Master's Degree in Project Management from Drexel University at school's College of Engineering.