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OctoberPhest set to start at noon along Citizens Bank Way

Some teams call these block parties. The Phillies prefer to their three-hour pregame celebration OctoberPhest.

OctoberPhest set to start at noon along Citizens Bank Way

Back when the last generation of Phillies made a habit of getting to the postseason, those who didn't have a ticket were resigned to getting together with friends to watch the game on TV or head to the corner tappy.

Those options are still available, but every team nowadays plans a pregame game/block party that pulls more than ticketholders to the park.

Such is the case with the Phils, who for the second straight year are planning what they're calling an OctoberPhest Phillies postseason party around Citizens Bank Park. Wednesday's festivities will begin at noon, some three hours before Game 1 vs. Milwaukee and three hours after the Majestic clubhouse Store opens for business. That party likely will kick off at 3 Thursday with a later game time. And you can be there will be another one next Tuesday if a Game 5 is played.

As you might have guessed, you don't need a ticket to attend nor a license to buy some of the food and merchandise that will be available. There will be free entertainment and interactive games, along with everything from face painting to a sampling of Turkey Hill ice cream. 

Scott Palmer will emcee a rally that begins at 1:30 p.m., with appearances from Phillies broadcasters, alumni, Phillies Ballgirls and the Phillie Phanatic. Among the items the Phils say they'll raffle off are tickets to Thursday's second game.

Paul Vigna
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Paul Vigna still has the seat he wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium parked in the finished basement, a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it. Now, why he’s kept an autograph of former Flyer Bruce Gamble on a sheet of Hockey Hall of Fame paper is another story. A native of Philly who grew up in Lansdale, he’s an assistant sports editor at the Daily News in charge of special projects who has written two columns related to sports and consumers: View From the Seats and Savvy Consumer.

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