Phillies pitcher drops in on 'super phan'

Phillies "super phan" Corinne Hagans introduces her friends and family to starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick stopped by Hagans's Cherry Hill house Saturday morning for a barbecue and room makeover as part of a fan contest. Staff photo by Jonathan Lai
Phillies "super phan" Corinne Hagans introduces her friends and family to starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick stopped by Hagans's Cherry Hill house Saturday morning for a barbecue and room makeover as part of a fan contest. Staff photo by Jonathan Lai
Posted: September 09, 2012

Phillies "super phan" Corinne Hagans tried to play it cool when starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick showed up at her Cherry Hill home Saturday, but she couldn't contain her excitement.

Fanning herself and repeatedly telling her friends how amazing it was to have Kendrick in her house, the AT&T Win at Home contest winner received a family room redesign, barbecue, and the opportunity to hang out with Kendrick.

Hagans' winning entry was a text message sent during one of the games she attended last season. The Phillies fan has been to 284 games, she said, and is hoping to reach 300 by next season.

"Thank you for being such a great fan," Kendrick said.

Without skipping a beat, Hagans replied, "Thank you for being such a great pitcher!"

The revamped room includes banners from Citizens Bank Park, photos, pennants, baseball bats, baseballs, and jerseys-many of the items autographed by Phillies players. Hagans also received an HD flat-screen TV and DVD player, an AT&T phone and tablet, and a backyard barbecue with Kendrick as guest.

Kendrick surprised Hagans with two Phillies jerseys - one with his name and one personalized for her-and signed baseballs. They took photos, and he pinned the final pennant to the wall, completing the "Phan Cave."

Contact Inquirer staff writer Jonathan Lai at jlai@phillynews.com or 215-854-2771.

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