Instead of the usual Mr. Greengenes, who I’m assuming makes a living off playing outside Philadelphia sports venues, the Phillies have announced that DJ Jazzy Jeff will be “spinning” at their Opening Day block party.
The full schedule events, via the Phillies’ official release, is after the jump. Looks like Lady Pha-Pha will be making an appearance.
10:35 a.m. All gates open. All fans will receive a 2’x3’ replica of the 2011 National League East Champions Pennant that will fly above Ashburn Alley all season, compliments of Modell’s Sporting Goods.
Opening Day Block Party. Citizens Bank Way. Hip hop legend and native West Philadelphian DJ Jazzy Jeff will be spinning at this annual Opening Day block party.
Phillies batting practice.
11:34 a.m. Marlins batting practice.
12:15 p.m. Line up on 10th Street! Fans who have not yet entered the ballpark gates are invited to line up on 10th Street and cheer on the 2012 Phillies as they make their “Leadoff Walk” into the ballpark – escorted by the Cardinal O’Hara High School Marching Band and Budweiser Clydesdales.
12:26 p.m. Fans inside the ballpark are urged to be in their seats for a must-see pregame ceremony! The 2012 Phillies will make their grand entrance into Citizens Bank Park from a 10th Street Leadoff Walk.
12:39 p.m. “America the Beautiful” will be sung by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale, as members of the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard unfurl a large American flag. State flags will be carried onto the field by Philadelphia Police and Fire Department personnel.
12:42 p.m. Introductions … Marlins
12:46 p.m. Introductions … Phillies
12:52 p.m. Moment of Silence: In memory of Jerry Clothier, Phillies Senior Vice President, Business and Finance, and Andy Musser, Phillies broadcaster.
12:53 p.m. National Anthem: Will be sung by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale.
Flyover: FA-18 Hornet, the VX-23 Salty Dogs Squadron from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, will fly over the ballpark.
12:56 p.m. The Leap Frogs, the U.S. Navy parachute team, will parachute onto the field, bringing the first ball.
1:03 p.m. Ceremonial First Pitch: Elena Delle Donne, University of Delaware Blue Hens basketball star who led the nation in scoring. Ivy Encarnacion, Modell’s Sporting Goods.
1:09 p.m. Play Ball!
5th Inning Don’t want to miss this one, as the Phanatic turns into the Queen of Rock and Roll.
7th Inning “God Bless America” performed by popular band Locksley.
*All of the above events are subject to change, weather and wind permitting.