Phillies Ballpark Buzz: Top Five Things to Know for Marlins Series (September 12-14)

Only 16 home games remain for the 2017 regular season! After a long road trip, the Phillies are returning to Citizens Bank Park this week, and will lead off with a three-game series against the Miami Marlins (September 12-14). Below are the top five things to know.

  1. Phillies celebrate Roberto Clemente Day on Tuesday. Plus, Cameron Rupp honored on-field as Phillies' nominee for the 2017 MLB Roberto Clemente Award.

On Tues., Sept. 12, 2017, the Phillies will honor catcher Cameron Rupp for being their 2017 nominee for MLB's prestigious Roberto Clemente Award prior to the 7:05 p.m. game versus the Marlins. Being presented by Phillies Charities, Inc. President John Weber, this award annually recognizes a player from each club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Originally known as the Commissioner's Award, it was renamed in 1973 in honor of Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star Roberto Clemente, who died on New Year's Eve 1972 during a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Also, as part of the Phillies celebration of Clemente's legacy, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards, and there will be a special tribute video played at the ballpark. That night's salute is also part of Major League Baseball's Hispanic Heritage Month recognition.

  1. Final Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Night of the season Wednesday!

Wednesday, Sept. 13 is the last Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Night of the 2017 season. Hot dogs are $1.00 at any concession stand. Be on the lookout for Smiley the Pig!

  1. Hundreds of young ballplayers to parade on-field Wednesday.

Also on Wed., Sept. 13, over 200 Phillies Baseball Academy campers will parade around the field before the 7:05 p.m. Phillies-Marlins game. These ballplayers participated in the 2017 Baseball Academy including: The Lawrenceville School, Moorestown High School, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Upper Dublin High School and Wilmington Friends School.

  1. Join the Phillies for the Jewish Heritage Celebration Thursday.

On Thurs., Sept. 14, fans will be treated to the 10th annual Jewish Heritage Celebration at Citizens Bank Park. Highlights include kosher delicacies and musical performances by the Chai Notes, including a 7th-inning "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" sung in Yiddish. The Shabbatones will perform the National Anthem.

Plus, the first 1,000 fans to purchase tickets through this promotion will receive an exclusive t-shirt with "Let's Go Phils" written in Hebrew available only at phillies.com/themenights.

  1. Phillies welcome back college students with Phillies #CollegeSeries starting Thursday.

Thursday is also the kick-off of the Phillies fall semester #CollegeSeries with Phillies College Media Night. College students and recent graduates are invited to go behind-the-scenes prior to the game and learn from Phillies, MLB and MLB Network executives from the media, communications and broadcasting industry. Other highlights include:

  • Hear from a Phillies player about his college and major league experience.
  • Practice networking with Phillies executives. Special guests include Gary "Sarge" Matthews, 1983 NLCS MVP and former Phillies broadcaster.
  • Take photos with the 2008 & 1980 World Series Trophies.

Visit phillies.com/collegenight for a full list of sessions and speakers, as well as register for the event.

Gate Openings: Ashburn Alley opens two hours prior to game time; all gates open one and a half hours prior to game time.

Fandom: Check-in using Ballpark, Citizens Bank Park's official mobile app, to receive special offers for retail, concessions and more. Also, follow the action via @Phillies on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Broadcast: For the most up-to-date TV broadcast schedule, please go to Phillies.com. MLB.TV and SportsRadio 94WIP will host all games during the season. CSN Philly will stream the games, as well as the pre- and post-game shows, on www.csnphilly.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Traffic: Log on to www.511pa.com, www.511nj.org or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions. Transit services are also available; for a SEPTA schedule please visit www.septa.org.