The “222 Showcase” is the annual exhibition between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the Reading Fightin Phillies. The hosting duties roughly alternate, and this season the game will take place at Coca Cola Park on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:35PM. Attendance in Allentown for this exhibition has been very poor in the past. Reading does better. I’d like to see a nice showing of fans out this season to support our new IronPigs team, as well as the “Phuture IronPigs.”
If you’re a full-season ticket holder for the IronPigs, you received (or will receive) complimentary tickets to this game. Perhaps some other packages include this perk, as well. If you need tickets, you can purchase them through your TicketReturn account now by clicking here — or signing in and navigating to the event. I imagine they’ll sell them to you at the ticket office by phone or in person too. It won’t sell out–you can wait to purchase your tickets–but I definitely think you should go to the game:
Top Ten Reasons You Should Go To The ‘222 Showcase’ On April 7, 2015 at Coca Cola Park
10. It’s baseball. It’s the first baseball we’ll see in the Lehigh Valley for 2015, why not get a sneak preview before the home opener on April 9? Plus, it’s a little more of a pure baseball game, with somewhat less between-innings shenanigans.
9. General Admission Seating. This may seem like a drawback at first, but think about it: You can test out different seating locations within the lower bowl (club level will be closed) during the game. Watch an inning from near the ‘Pigs dugout, from behind the plate, from the Hot Corner, and from the Pig Pen if they have it done in time.
8. It’s not expensive. Tickets to the game are only $6, and proceeds go to IronPigs Charities. Plus…
7. Free parking. A ticket to the game is almost the same as what it will cost you to park, two days later, when parking goes to $5. (I don’t know for sure that parking will be free for this event–but it was the other years we hosted the game.)
6. It won’t be crowded. Despite my best efforts to promote this game, the IronPigs likely won’t, much, and neither will Reading this season because they’re not hosting. So, you’ll be able to move about the park pretty freely during the game, and lines will be short.
5. It might not be cold. To be fair, we’ve had some miserable weather for hosting the 222 Showcase in the past–Reading has had much better luck, including a gorgeous night in 2012. But the season is starting a bit later this year, and I feel like we’re due for a nice day.
4. “Phuture IronPigs” Expect a lot of player movement again this season–many of the players you’ll see with the Ostriches or the Bunbino’s on at this game will be wearing IronPigs uniforms before the season is over. It’s a nice chance to get a look at them without driving to Reading.
3. Phillies Prospects. Maybe you’re not a huge Minor League baseball fan–but you realize the Phillies could be dreadful this season. This might be a chance to get a look at some of the players who could be making up the Phillies’ lineup as soon as 2016 or 2017. Of the top 10 Phillies prospects according to Baseball America, up to seven could be used in this game. Many are pitchers, though, so it won’t be everybody. Still, it’s worth checking out if you’re a Phillies’ fan.
2. A Sneak Preview for Thursday’s Opener. Sometimes they don’t have all the concessions open for this game, given the smaller crowds; however, you’ll get a sneak peak at the Pig Pen seating area, and some of the other new stuff that the IronPigs will debut in 2015–all without the hassle of the long lines which will be present on Opening Night.
1. Bells “We do that here.” 😉
See you at the park,