June 2011

Mr Belding Returns TONIGHT!

I grew up watching Saved by the Bell. I never missed an episode. I wanted to be Zack Morris. I wanted to date Kelly Kapowski. I wanted to be a part of the greatest teen show ever!

Last year, I got to meet Mr. Belding. We talked, I watched him sing karaoke, I took him through the clubhouse to meet the players — it was awesome.

Well, tonight, Mr. Belding returns to America’s Classic Ballpark. He raved about our stadium last year. He said it had that “Fenway Park feel to it”. Well, wait until he sees what we did with the place.

Mr. Belding will be here tonight to meet and greet fans, and well, do much more. Here’s a bit  from my press release…

The series continues Wednesday, June 22, as the R-Phils are set to host a special “School’s Out Teacher Night” at the ballpark, and will bring back the great Mr. Belding from the television show “Saved by the Bell”, thanks to Good Neighbor Pharmacy. Fans of the show “Saved by the Bell” – one of the most popular television shows ever, will not want to miss their favorite television principal on Wednesday, as he will meet and greet fans and also sign autographs.

Also, this year, Mr. Belding will host an Adult Spelling Bee and Karaoke Jam starting at 5:00 p.m. in VIST Financial Plaza, thanks to Rock Hits Y102. During this great event, fans 21-years-old and over can take advantage of another Happy Hour (5:00-6:00 p.m.) in VIST Financial Plaza, with $1 off all beers, thanks to Miller Lite.

I’m excited to welcome Mr. Belding back to Reading tonight. It was great to see him interact with our players. We all gre up on Saved by the Bell.

Last year, I had the chance to talk to him for an interview and he was great. He even appeared in my post-game interview with Michael Spidale — check him out here.

New Sensation in the Nation — “Baseballtown Big Dipper”

Who’s hungry? No, I mean, who’s really hungry?

Well, the R-Phils are looking for fans with appetites, as we introduced the “Baseballtown Big Dipper” on Saturday and so far, so good!

As part of the celebration on Saturday, we held a pre-game eating contest and we had two teams of eight eat this great new Baseballtown treat.

The “Baseballtown Big Dipper” consists of 24 scoops of ice cream, with your choice of flavors, Dippin Dots topping of your choice, Swedish fish and/or sour patch kids to garnish, and as many spoons as you need, in a full size R-Phils batting helmet – all for just $25! This delicious treat is available at the 3B Ice Cream Stand.

There are so many great food options at America’s Classic Ballpark, and this one is definitely a home run!

News & Notes…

It’s been quite awhile since I have posted a new blog, and with a few extra minutes on this beautiful day in Baseballtown, I figured I might as well throw in some news and notes.

Reading will face Trenton tonight in game two of their four-game series.

Let’s first look at who’s hot:

Cody Overbeck — Overbeck launched two home runs and added a season-high five RBIs on Monday to add to his Eastern League highs. The Atoka, TN, native leads the E.L. with 16 home runs and 43 RBIS — impressive numbers. Seven of his home runs have come against left-handers, and he gets to face lefty Kei Igawa tonight.

Overbeck has also enjoyed success at home this season. The 25-year-old has hit 12 of his 16 home runs at America’s Classic Ballpark this season, along with 28 of his 43 RBIs.


Michael Spidale — There may not be a hotter hitter in the Eastern League than Michael Spidale. The Illinois native shattered the R-Phils All-Time Hit Record on May 29, and has continued to rake. Over his past ten games, Spidale has hit .444 with a home run and five RBIs. He finished-up the month of May by hitting .381 for the entire month (25 games).

So far in June (5 games), Spidale has hit .450 (20 at-bats). His hot-hitting has seen his average steadily rise, and he has now put himself among the league leaders. Currently (June 7), Spidale is hitting .328 on the season — good for fifth best in the Eastern League.


Tuffy Gosewisch — Reading catcher Tuffy Gosewisch has been a staple for the R-Phils behind the dish. Gosewisch, who was named as the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League last season, has swung a good bat for the R-Phils this season.

Over his last 10 games, Gosewisch, 27, is hitting .346 with one home run and seven RBIs. He hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, and has provided an offensive spark for the R-Phils. The Freeport, IL native is hitting .324 with one home run and eight RBIs against lefties, as he enters tonight’s game against LHP Kei Igawa and Trenton.