The 38th annual PAL Night at the Phillies was held at Citizens Bank Park on August 3, 2016, and was sponsored by Ronald Krancer, The H. Chase Lenfest Foundation, The Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of NECA/IBEW Local Union 98, SugarHouse Casino, and TastyKake.
Prior to the Phillies taking on the San Francisco Giants at 7:05 pm, fans in attendance were treated to the PAL Media All-Star Softball Game. Local celebrities from television and print took on stars from radio and web – a tradition which spans decades. While the TV/Print Team holds the all-time record, Radio/Web has won three of the last four contests. The two teams tied in 2012.
Skippered by CBS Radio Senior Vice President/Market Manager David Yadgaroff, the Radio/Web Team looked to extend their recent string of wins by keeping perennial MVP Frank Lewis of WOGL on the mound. Vince Giannini of PHL17, Team TV/Print Manager, had other plans though, and looked to capitalize by unleashing his new-look lineup on the Radio/Web Team.
After giving up a few runs early on, Team TV/Print Pitcher Harry Hairston of NBC10 found his zone and had a stellar defensive unit backing him up. The great defensive effort, along with CSN Philly’s Marshall Harris and his hot bat, proved too much to handle for the Radio/Web Team, as they fell to TV/Print for their first time since 2011. Harris was named Co-MVP for his display of offensive firepower.
After the softball game, PAL donors took the field to present Police Commissioner Richard Ross with generous donations toward PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids.” Commissioner Ross and a Southwest PAL youngster, Marcus, also presented Phillies’ catcher Carlos Ruiz with an award for his dedication and service to the Philadelphia community over the years. Perhaps the most special moment of the evening was when the Phillie Phanatic led Marcus to the mound to throw out the evening’s first pitch.
During the game, PAL youngsters from Bluford PAL got to Dance on the dugout with their PAL Center Director, Police Officer George Yuille, and the Phillie Phanatic.
All in all, it was a great night for PAL and for everyone involved. The evening closed with a win by The Phillies in extra innings.
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