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Baseball 'Phans' Celebrate Heritage
Hundreds of Jewish baseball fans filled the stands at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday to cheer on the Phillies at the sixth annual Jewish Heritage Night.
In the wake of last weeks' off-field drama of Jewish Sports Hall of Famer and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., firing manager Charlie Manuel, it was business as usual as the Phillies took the field on a warm summer night.
New manager Ryne Sandberg was looking for his third win since taking over the team but the visiting Colorado Rockies proved too strong, winning 5-3. The Phillies have now fallen to an overall record of 55-70.
Despite the Phillies not being in playoff contention, just over 34,000 fans attended the Aug. 20 game. Many fans came specifically for the heritage night after purchasing tickets from Jewish organizations or the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, which sponsored the event for the third year in a row. A portion of each of those tickets went back to Federation, to support its health, education, welfare and other programs.
A video that ran on the Phillies scoreboard highlighted several of those initiatives. The night also included Jewish food and musical entertainment on the field.
Federation President Sherrie Savett threw out the first pitch.