Extra treats for Phillies-ticket buyers

Phillies fans who lined up for single-game tickets get a warm greeting from the Phanatic. Tickets went on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer
Phillies fans who lined up for single-game tickets get a warm greeting from the Phanatic. Tickets went on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer
Posted: February 14, 2013

Clearwater, Fla., was not the only place the Phillies made a splash Wednesday.

While the players opened spring training at Bright House Field, Paula Bryan of Wallingford was first in line at Citizens Bank Park as Phillies single-game tickets went on sale.

Although the ticket office was not scheduled to open until 8:30 a.m., Bryan - with her lawn chair and bundled up in a heavy coat, scarf, and gloves - staked out her spot at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

By 8 a.m. Wednesday, about 50 people had lined up behind Bryan, and the Phillies provided a few surprises.

Former Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene, the Phillie Phanatic, and broadcasters Tom McCarthy and Scott Franzke greeted the fans, posed for photos, and helped them select the best tickets.

The team also offered free tours of the field, a visit with the ball girls, complimentary coffee and breakfast treats, a chance to view the 1980 and 2008 World Series championship trophies, and discounts at the Majestic Clubhouse store.

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