Starting on Monday, January 18, the Phillies are #BackInTown as players, broadcasters, and baseball personnel - along with the Phillie Phanatic, Phillies Ballgirls, Galapagos Gang and other special guests - take part in a fan-fueled week of events. This annual offseason visit to the Delaware Valley takes place with just about a month until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in Clearwater, Fla.
The lineup will also feature live player and manager twitter chats on @Phillies; fans can send in their questions to @Phillies using #BackInTown. Fans are invited to share their photos from the various events with @Phillies using #BackInTown, and @Phillies will retweet their favorites. For the most up-to-date event listings, please visit www.phillies.com/events.
PHILLIES #BACKINTOWN EVENTS
Monday, January 18
MLK Day of Service Events:
21st Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service; 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., Girard College, 2101 S College Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. The Phillie Phanatic will join an expected 140,000 volunteers to help out on service projects throughout the region, organized by Global Citizen. Also featured will be workshops, presentations and a job fair.
MLK Weekend Celebration Sponsored by Citizens Bank: Photos with Phillies' Aaron Altherr; Plus Phanatic!11 a.m. - Noon, African American Museum, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. Phillies left fielder Aaron Altherr and the Phillie Phanatic will be at The African American Museum in Philadelphia to take part in MLK Day activities. Altherr will take #selfies with fans and take part in the Citizens Bank scavenger hunt, while the Phanatic will make a special appearance and interact with fans. For more details, visit aampmuseum.org.
National Stop The Violence Alliance, Inc. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Holiday Inn, 2175 Marlton Pike Road W, Cherry Hill, NJ. The Phillies will be among those presented with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. Honorees include Reverend Robin Scott-King and former Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Nonviolence, 34th Annual Benefit Luncheon, 12-3 p.m.,Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. The Phillies will be attending this event with honorees including Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco and Herman "Pete" Matthews.
Phillies' Altherr to Pitch-In at Baseball Clinic for North Camden RBI and Jr. RBI players; 3-4 p.m., Sports 4 All, Westmont, NJ. The Phillies will be hosting a free baseball clinic with left fielder Aaron Altherr for Phillies' North Camden RBI and Jr. RBI players in the indoor batting cages.
Live @Phillies Twitter Chat with Cameron Rupp, 3 p.m. The first Twitter chat of the season! Fans can send their questions to Rupp via @Phillies using #BackInTown.
Williamsport Crosscutters 10th Annual Hot Stove Banquet with the Phillies, Media Session 5:15 p.m., Banquet: 6 p.m., Grand Ballroom of the Genetti Hotel, Williamsport, Pa. Special guests include Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, catcher Cameron Rupp, broadcaster Ben Davis, Director, Player Development, Joe Jordan, Assistant Director, Player Development, Steve Noworyta, Cutters Manager Pat Borders, and hitting coach for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League Tom O'Malley. For more information or tickets, visit www.crosscutters.com.
Tuesday, January 19
Live @Phillies Twitter chat with Aaron Nola, 3:30 p.m. Fans can send their questions Nola via @Phillies using #BackInTown.
Reading Fightin Phils 2016 Phillies Winter Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel, Wynomissing, Pa. Special guests include Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, pitcher Aaron Nola, catcher Cameron Rupp, Phillies President Andy MacPhail, Director, Player Development Joe Jordan, Assistant Director, Player Development Steve Noworyta, and Director, Professional Scouting Mike Ondo, the PhilliePhanatic and Galapagos Gang, and broadcaster Scott Franzke as emcee. For more information or tickets, visit www.Fightins.com.
Autograph Signing with Aaron Altherr, 7 - 8 p.m., Sports 4 All, Westmont, NJ. Fans are invited to attend an autograph signing with left fielder Aaron Altherr.
Wednesday, January 20
Aaron Nola to be Celebrity Reader at Be a Phanatic About Reading School Visit, 1 p.m., St. Monica School, 1720 W. Ritner Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145 (Senior Building) This top school will be honored for their reading achievements in the Phillies Be a Phanatic About Reading program presented by Comcast during a special assembly featuring pitcher Aaron Nola, who will read one of the books from the Phillie Phanatic book series. The Phillie Phanatic, with help from the Phillies Ballgirls, will act out the book during this interactive visit filled with lots of excited, enthusiastic kids. For more information on this free program which reaches nearly 100,000 children, encouraging them to read at least 15 minutes a day, visit www.phillies.com/community.
Live Twitter chat with Aaron Altherr, 5 p.m. Fans can send their questions to Altherr to @Phillies using #BackInTown.
Autograph Signing with Aaron Nola, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m., Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park. Fans are invited to attend a free autograph signing with pitcher Aaron Nola (one autograph per person).
Lakewood BlueClawsPhillies Winter Banquet, Media Session 6:30 p.m., Banquet 7 p.m., Woodlake Country Club, Lakewood, NJ, Special guests include manager Pete Mackanin, outfielder Aaron Altherr, catcher Cameron Rupp, Phillies Assistant General Manager, Scott Proefock, Director, Player Development, Joe Jordan, Assistant Director, Player Development, Steve Noworyta, the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies broadcaster Gregg Murphy as emcee. For more information or tickets, go to lakewoodblueclaws.com.
Thursday, January 21
S. Jersey School to Get Major League Workout with Phillies and NovaCare Rehabilitation (first 2016 Phillies Phitness event!), 9:45 a.m., Brainerd Elementary School, 100 Wollner Drive, Mount Holly, NJ These second graders are in for a treat as the Phillies and trainers from NovaCare Rehabilitation lead students in a major league workout including relay races, jumping rope, and ladder drills. This free initiative helps to teach students the steps to ensure a healthy future.
Live Twitter chat with Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin, 3:30 p.m. The final @Phillies chat of the week! Fans can send their questions to Mackanin via @Phillies using #BackInTown.
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Annual Phillies Winter Banquet, 6:45 p.m., Sands Event Center, Bethlehem, Pa. Benefits IronPigs Charities. Special guests include manager Pete Mackanin, outfielder Aaron Altherr, starting pitcher Aaron Nola, General Manager Matt Klentak, Director, Player Development, Joe Jordan, Assistant Director, Player Development, Steve Noworyta, the Phillie Phanatic, and broadcaster Tom McCarthy and IronPigs Director, Media Relations & Broadcasting, Matt Provence as emcees. For more information or tickets, go to ironpigsbaseball.com.
Friday, January 22
Phillies Radio Affiliate Luncheon, 12 p.m., Chickie and Pete's 6055 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Special guests include Manager Pete Mackanin and broadcasters Ben Davis and Scott Franzke.