Phillies to have four Philly sports legends throw out first pitch before Game 3 of the World Series
The Phillies take the field tonight for Game 3 of the World Series, with Noah Syndergaard facing off against Lance McCullers Jr. at 8:03 EST.
Ahead of tonight’s matchup, it was announced that four Philadelphia sports legends are set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.
- Brandon Graham
- Julius Erving
- Mike Schmidt
- Bernie Parent
The Phillies have highlighted their 2008 World Series Championship team all throughout the playoffs, having guys like Shane Victorino, Pat Burrell, Jayson Werth, Matt Stairs, and more throw out the first pitch. Tonight, they’re taking a different route and highlighting four current and former players that have all won championships.
Brandon Graham is one of the longest-tenured and most likable Eagles players of all time. He’s fully embraced the city, especially after his clutch strip-sack of Tom Brady in Super Bowl 52, a play that Eagles fans around the world will never forget.
Mike Schmidt, the greatest third baseman in the history of baseball, will represent the Phillies. Julius ‘Dr. J” Erving will represent the 76ers, while Bernie Parent will throw in representation of the Flyers.
It was rumored a few days back that Bernie Parent would be throwing the first pitch out by himself. With all due respect to Bernie, that would have been a disaster. Phillies fans have been loving the return of the ’08 players, and I really don’t feel there’s a reason to change that strategy.
Jimmy Rollins will throw out the first pitch on Tuesday night for Game 4, leaving one more spot open on Wednesday. It seems like Chase Utley won’t be returning, as he now lives in London, working as an MLB Ambassador in the U.K. Cole Hamels would be a great option for Game 5, but Brad Lidge throwing to Carlos Ruiz would 100% be the best choice.
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