John DeBella is hoping that one again he can bring good luck to the Phillies and their balls.
At 8:30 this morning, the 102.9 WMGK morning host will supervise as West Lawn United Methodist Church Pastor Jeff Raffauf, the Rev. Joe Campellone, of Father Judge High School, and Rabbi Gregory Marx, of Congregation Beth Or, say a blessing over the baseballs that will be used in today's home opener.
The ceremony takes place on the patio at McFadden's at Citizens Bank Park. DeBella and the clergymen blessed the Phillies balls before the start of the 2008 and 2009 seasons, so the ritual has proven successful so far. Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, Stephenie LaGrossa, wife of pitcher Kyle Kendrick, and Comcast SportsNet's "Daily News Live" host Michael Barkann will be part of the festivities.