Last night at Morton’s steakhouse in Center City, Philadelphia Phillie Ryan Howard and teammates traded in their uniforms for aprons and acted as waiters, all for a great cause as proceeds from the $350-a-ticket event went to benefit The Ryan Howard Family Foundation.
The place was more packed than any of the other previous years, and the price of the ticket went up $100. Do you know what that says, people are very charitable and the Phillies are HOT!!
Trading in home plate for dinner plate was Chase Utley and Kyle Kenderick. I swear they kept getting in the weeds as they exchanged notes on what it will be like to be new dad's in just a few short months. Chase's wife Jen is due in December and Kyle's wife Stephenie due next month.
Raúl Ibáñez with a few fans including Juliet Gabriel next to him.
Ryan Howard's fiance Krystle Campbell chats with some of the Phillies wives including Melissa Victorino and across the table Johari Rollins.
Teryvette Ibanez and Johari Rollins were in a mean battle at the silent auction for this Muhammad Ali signed boxing glove. Last bid I saw was near the end of the night at $2300 going to Johari. (A bargain I think)
Cole Hamels better get used to it as his wife Heidi Hamels, on right is just about to have their 2nd child soon and she's gonna need a little help around the house. I'm looking forward to covering their big shindig at the Crystal Tea Room 8/11. I think all the tickets are nearly sold out, but there are sponsorship opportunities.
I caught Cliff Lee checking out the bidding on the sports jerseys. I asked him if he was planning to pick up one for himself, but he responded he was checking to see who was in the lead with bids. He was proud to say that his shirt was going for $220 more than Roy Halladay's, as he gave out a chuckle.
Ryan Howard showing off a young man's art work that he just signed.
Jimmy Rollins posing for a pix for some fans.
Shane Victorino was in the weeds most of the night, but got some assistance from John Mayberry Jr and Donnie Brown. It was a great night for a good cause.