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Country duo Big and Rich to play Allentown’s Coca-Cola Park – Morning Call

It’s Big and Rich on August 19!

The second-ever concert to be held at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown has been announced! Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and Cowboy Troy will play on Friday, August 19, 2011.  Tickets for the show go on sale next Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m.  You might want to get this number, 610-841-7447, in your speed dial, because tickets for the first-ever concert at Coca-Cola Park sold out.

That show, featuring Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson, is the only major act to have played at Coca-Cola Park, on July 14, 2009.  10,000 tickets sold out almost a month before the show.  Children were allowed to accompany adults for free. It was estimated that 11,000 people attended this concert.


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IronPigs and their wives make cookbook to raise $10,000 for the National Brain Tumor Society

IronPigs’ #1 fan group, Noise Nation, has put together a charity cookbook (original article by Keith Groller in the Morning Call)

The team, their wives, and a few players from rival teams have teamed up with founder and president of Noise Nation, Dan Kehl, to create a winning group of recipes.  The cookbook costs $20.  It can be purchased from any member of Noise Nation if you see them at Coca-Cola park, or you can order a copy from

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Here’s the Pitch…Let’s Make It a Hit!

Minor league baseball isn’t what it used to be.

If you were of the generations who were growing up or had young families during the 20 years from 1970 to 1990, you may think, “Minor league baseball as family entertainment?  No way!”  But I have news for you:  For the past twenty years or so, minor league baseball has enjoyed an extraordinary increase in popularity, no matter what class of team you are going to see. If you are considering taking your family to explore a game, you will not see empty stadiums or depressing conditions.  You will experience the  vibrant, up-and-coming phenomenon that is even more than a wonderful baseball game.  There is something for all ages of your family to enjoy – not just every age of child, but you and their grandparents too!  You can get up-close-and-personal with the umpires (be polite, you might see him at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday!).  You can experience your hometown’s or county’s own team, visiting surrounding towns or counties and spreading the word about how fabulous your hometown is, tempting others to visit, set up shop, or buy a home here.  You can have the satisfaction of knowing that your attendance is what drove the subsequent growth of your hometown, because ticket sales are almost half of your local team’s profit.

If you are considering going, you will also find that you can take your whole family , and feed them too, for the price of ONE ticket to a major league game!  And, you will not have to drive to Citizen’s Bank Park to do it.  Let’s dream a little bit, my friends:  if Phoenixville had its own baseball stadium, you might very well be able to walk there.  If there were a stadium in Phoenixville, more businesses would be successful here.  Maybe your business!  In a time when we need more local opportunities for us all, the team would be a large and beneficial local business.  It would draw us together, family members, school friends, and neighbors, all cheering for a common goal.  Let’s take the recent success of our Farmer’s Market and our downtown businesses even farther!  Join me in supporting the construction of our very own baseball stadium!









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Auction! Item from favorite team to win World Series! Baseball signed by all-time best pitchers in baseball, the Phillies’ Four Aces! Get in it to win it!

We interrupt this broadcast about Minor League Baseball in Phoenixville to talk a little bit about an exciting development for the Phillies this year.  In March, the New York Times ran a very detailed piece about a collection of starting pitchers  called the Four Aces, which the author says may be the “best-ever four-man rotation in baseball”:

“No team in baseball today has a greater number of successful deceptive pitchers than the Philadelphia Phillies. They have brought together four of the best starting pitchers in the game: Roy (Doc) Halladay, a 33-year-old two–time Cy Young Award winner; Cliff Lee, 32, and also a Cy Young winner; Roy Oswalt, 33, with 150 career wins; and the 27-year-old Cole Hamels, a World Series hero three years ago. Before they have even thrown one pitch for the same team, they are being hailed as the best four-man rotation in baseball, maybe the best ever. They are being compared with the great staffs in baseball history: the New York Yankees in the 1930s; the Cleveland Indians in 1954; the Orioles with their four 20-game winners in 1971; and the Atlanta Braves in the 1990s. As soon as Lee rejoined the team last December, the Phillies immediately became everyone’s favorite to win this year’s World Series. And necessity may push those expectations even higher now that the Phillies are dealing with injuries, most worryingly to their star second baseman and No. 3 hitter, Chase Utley, and must rely even more on their pitching.”

Here is your chance to own a ball signed by these four pitchers, pitching for everyone’s favorite team to win the world World Series this season! You can also support the Frankford Friend’s School’s new building in Philadelphia, PA!

Win Phillies Baseball signed by Four Aces!

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