In the news: The Philadelphia Phillies give back to the community before the biggest series of the season
In another of one of Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher, Cole Hamels(notes) and his wife, Heidi's way of giving back to the community, they've kicked off what they call, 'Philly Financial Day'. The first annual celebration of this day is none other than today, July 8.
The idea is, as described by phillyfinancialday.com: "Several of the leading financial service institutions in the Philadelphia area will donate a significant fixed percentage of their institutional trading commissions and transactional revenues to a pool of charitable foundations founded by Phillies' stars Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino(notes), Jimmy Rollins(notes) and Chase Utley(notes)." The site goes on to say, "Janney Montgomery Scott LLC and Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. have graciously volunteered to be the core transaction execution venues on July 8th."
Today, the major-leaguers woke up bright and early to support this event. They spoke with Fox Good Day Philadelphia's Jennaphr Frederick.
"Cole brought this to our attention a few months back,"second baseman, Chase Utley said, "and we thought it'd be a good opportunity to get involved with him, raise some money for his foundation as well as our foundation's interest. Try to create a lot of buzz today, and a lot of activity."
What's nice about what the Phillies do here in Philadelphia is, they get a chance to cheer, so to speak, for the fans the same way that the fans do for them. It's a very warming interaction.
It's apparent, these players really like to do things for the crowds that support them, because being a major leaguer, getting up early in the morning is not an easy task.
Rollins joked about it.
"It's tough getting up this early, we're not used to it, believe me." Rollins said, "But for a great cause like this, and a chance to make history, we all sacrifice a little bit."
On supporting the local community, Cole Hamels said, "All four of us, we all like to help our community out as much as possible," Hamels told Fredrick, "because they're obviously there, they show us so much support when we're on the field so it's just something where all four of us getting together, it just shows we're very supportive of each other, and we just want to try and benefit the city as much as possible."
"It's a good day," Rollins said, "We're making history and anytime you have a chance to raise money and awareness for your charities it's a good thing."
The Phillies will take the field later on tonight, in Philadelphia, against the Atlanta Braves for all of the marbles.
The Phillies bring in a league best, 55-33, against the league's second-best, at 52-36.