The Matt Cord Show With Steve Vassalotti

The Matt Cord Show With Steve Vassalotti

The Matt Cord Show With Steve Vassalotti

Is there anything better to do on a nice, beautiful late August day in the city of Philadelphia than to head down the Citizens Bank Park and catch a Philadelphia Phillies ballpark special afternoon game by the red-hot baseball team? Well, that is exactly what I did yesterday, and it turned out that I was not the only employee of the Philadelphia 76ers to have that idea because the recently hired new head coach, Nick Nurse, was also in the building!

Not only was Nick Nurse there to catch the game, but he also set the game in motion as he was the one to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Phillies took on the Los Angeles Angels. I must admit, the head coach was pretty impressive out there!

He actually threw from the rubber on the mound where the actual pitchers pitch from – most people cheat up a good ten feet so they can reach the plate. On top of that, he did a pretty spot-on impression of Craig Kimbrel’s windup, who is the closer for the Phillies.

Later on during the game, I had the chance to chat with Nick Nurse during the game, thanks to the Director of Fun and Game for the Phillies, John Brazer, and it was awesome. I congratulated him on the fantastic first-pitch performance and on the new head coaching job for the Sixers. He told me he is so excited for the NBA season to start and looks forward to a fun year for the 76ers.

For all my music lovers out there, here is a fun fact about Nick Nurse – he plays the guitar and is a big fan of Prince! I think that is something we can all get behind.

Unfortunately, the Phillies lost the game in the end, but it was still a lot of fun from the very first pitch. I even got shouted out on TV by Tom McCarthy and NBC Sports Philly. Plus, Bryce Harper hit his 300th career home run!

Although they lost, it looks like the Phillies are poised to make a run until late October, or, in other words, right up until the start of the Sixers’ season!

  • Matt Cord Chatting With Nick Nurse and John Brazer

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    Matt Cord, Nick Nurse, and John Brazer chatting after Nurse’s first pitch at the Phillies. It was a strike right down the middle.

  • Matt Cord, Nick Nurse, and John Brazer

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    Matt Cord, Nick Nurse, and John Brazer at Citizens Bank Park. Nick is going to love coaching in Philly.

  • Nick Nurse and the Phillie Phanatic

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    Nick Nurse posing with the Phillies Phanatic. The best mascot in baseball.

  • Nick Nurse Impersonating Craig Kimbrel

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    Nick Nurse in his windup before his first pitch. Look familiar Phillies fans?

  • Nick Nurse First Pitch

    Here’s the video of the first pitch. Nick is an athlete.

  • Matt Cord Getting A Shout Out During The Broadcast

    Here’s the video of Matt Cord getting a shout out on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s broadcast. So Cool!

  • Sixers Post on Twitter

    Great photos from yesterday’s game. Courtesy of the Sixers Twitter.

  • First Pitch View From The Field

    Here’s a different angle of the first pitch. Still just as great.

  • Nick Nurse Taking The Field

    Nick Nurse taking the field at Citizens Bank Park prior to his first pitch. Just wait until he takes the court at the Wells Fargo Center!

  • Welcome to Philly

    The Phillies sending their warmest welcome to Nick Nurse. Their new neighbor!

  • 300 Home Runs For Bryce Harper

    Congrats to Bryce Harper. What an achievement.

  • Bryce Harper Hitting #300

    His swing is so pure. I can easily see another 300 homers coming his way.

  • Photo Reactions to #300

    The joy on the players faces says it all. What a team.

  • What A Moment, What A Milestone

    A cool video tribute put together for the Phillies. Hopefully, one of many this year.

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