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Local kids in the spotlight at nationally televised Fightin Phils game

Published On: Jul 24 2014 09:36:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2014 10:30:06 PM CDT

Local kids in the spotlight at nationally televised Fightin Phils game

READING, Pa. -

It was a night filled with firsts in Baseballtown.

For the first time ever, the Fightin Phils game was broadcast on national television.

The ballpark also had its biggest fireworks show ever and shattered its attendance record.

One of the big draws was the chance for fans to snap a picture with 1980s Phillies player Greg Luzinski and the Phillies World Series trophies from 1980 and 2008.

"We love coming to Baseballtown. It is a great place to see a game and the chance to see the trophies and get a picture tonight is fantastic," said Albert Freas, a Fightins fan.

Another booming attraction was the fireworks display. It was the largest display the stadium has ever had, three times the size of most.

"We have been around here 63 years and we have never done a show like this," said the PR Director Eric Scarcella.

"I think it is cool. It is very nice," said Trevor Hart, a fan.

In addition to the fireworks and trophies, fans got to see Baseballtown honor the Olivet Boys and Girls Club.

"It is really awesome because these guys behind me were 10, 11 and 12 when they started playing baseball at Gordon Hoodak Stadium which is built by our friends at the Reading Fightin Phils," said the Olivet Athletic Director Kevin Devera.

Devera said baseball saved the kids' lives and led them to place second in the RBI World Series.

"They maintained a brotherhood. They stayed off the streets. They just concentrated and focused on baseball," said Devera.

The game was standing room only and fans said they look forward to more fun in the future.