HEADS UP: Tickets to Gay Community Night at the Phillies On Sale Now

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Plenty of gays go watch baseball games all season long, but, as Gay Community Night at the Phillies (GCN) organizer Larry Felzer says, “on this one special night every year we get to sit together.”

This year GCN is taking place on August 5th, when hundreds of LGBTers, our families and allies will turn sections of Citizens Bank Park into one rainbow-infused cheering section as the Phillies take on the Houston Astros.

To snag your seat in the GCN sections, visit this website and use the code “GCN” for tickets ranging from $17 to $33. Or call 215-463-5000 and say you want Gay Community Night tickets.

Game starts at 7:05 p.m. So batter up! Homerun! And other baseball words!

Phillies, Eagles Among 50 Most-Valuable Sports Franchises in World

Forbes named both the Eagles and the Phillies to its annual list of the world’s 50 most-valuable sports teams. The Eagles come in at No. 17, while the Phillies are No. 39.

The Eagles are worth $1.314 billion. They trail the other three teams in the NFC East in valuation: Dallas is No. 5 (the most-valuable NFL team), Washington is No. 9 and the Giants are No. 10. Real Madrid is the most-valuable sports team in the world; the Yankees are No. 1 in the U.S. (and No. 4 worldwide).

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Chase Utley Has Chase Utley-Like Performance at All-Star Game

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With the National League down, 3-0, Chase Utley doubled home a run in top of the second inning. He celebrated his usual way: Putting his hands on his hips and staring out into space, as if he were a baseball-playing automaton. “My programming allowed me to achieve that excellent baseball result,” Utley thought, probably.

Utley actually factored in to all three of the National League’s runs last night. He doubled home a run to make it 3-1, then scored on a Jonathan Lucroy double that followed. Utley’s at-bat was probably the best of the night, too: He worked a seven-pitch AB against Red Sox star Jonathan Lester for his double, fouling off several close pitches and generally looking like the awesome hitter he’s been for the Phillies.

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Work on Phillies Mural to Finally Begin, Now That the Phillies Stink

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Back in September 2011, the Mural Arts Program and the Phillies announced an eight-story Phillies mural for 24th and Walnut. Our baseball team was riding high then, and everyone was into the Phillies. Now they stink, but the mural — which was supposed to be completed last year — never went up. Problem solved!

But the last-place Phillies just completed a four-game sweep of the best team in the NL, and to celebrate they’re going to finally start work on the mural!

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Jonathan Papelbon: Get Me Off of the Phillies!

Although the Phillies have just taken three in a row from the Milwaukee Brewers, the team with the best record in the National League, they’re still way back in the standings. At 40-51, the Phillies’ playoff odds are less than one percent. And closer Jonathan Papelbon, who saved last night’s win, says he’s ready to move on to another team.

Papelbon has been quite good this season. After a slightly down 2013, Papelbon has has allowed just five earned runs, has walked just nine guys and has the best WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of his Phillies career. He hasn’t even given up a homer! With the Phillies out of it, a reporter asked him post-game if he hoped his performance would lead to a trade to a contender.

“Of course, man,” he replied. “What kind of question is that?” Papelbon is apparently as tired of watching the Phillies as many Philadelphia fans are.

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Chase Utley Named Starting 2nd Baseman on NL All-Star Team

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While the Phillies were swept by the Pirates in Pittsburgh, there was some good news out of this weekend: Chase Utley will start his sixth MLB All-Star Game this year. It’s his first All-Star Game nod since 2010.

Fans vote for the starters in baseball’s All-Star Game. Utley received about 800,000 more votes than the second-place vote getter, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon. He won the player’s vote, too, over Gordon.

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Phillies Look Likely to Start Fire Sale

Do you like Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and other stars of the recent Phillies? Watch them while you can! The Phillies are getting ready to sell.

Before the team’s recently completed eight-game homestand, general manager Ruben Amaro said he’d make a decision on whether the team would attempt to contend this year based on their results. The Phillies lost 6 of 8 and were swept by the Braves in a four-game series for the first time since 1964.

The Phillies almost certainly aren’t going to get rid of all of those players. Lee is hurt and would need to show he can contribute this year to get traded (again). Howard’s trade value is incredibly limited — he’s only slugging .410, and while an AL team might take a shot on him as a DH, his contract is huge and the Phillies would have to eat a lot of money. Closer Jonathan Papelbon is another case of a player whose contract the Phillies would likely have to pay part or most of in order to get anything in return.

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