PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you’re planning on going to a Phillies game this year, you’d better go decked out in red and white. One of the best places to score some new Phillies gear is at the Team Store inside Citizens Bank Park.
“It’s one of the biggest days,” said Kristen Zeller, director of retail and marketing with Phillies. “You have everyone who is excited to be here to watch baseball, to come here and replay your favorite player or repeat your favorite team.”
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Ahead of Opening Day, the New Era Phillies team store is fully stocked, so fans won’t have to go far to get some great new gear.
Front and Center is a fan favorite. Phillie Panatic is back with a new look.
“We stocked up on a ton of Fnatic stuff,” Zeller said. “We have pillow pets, we have beverages, we have bags, we have this really cute little guy called a study buddy with glasses, so all kinds of fanatic things. Everyone puts it on loves.”
Make way for MVP. Bryce Harper now owns a portion of the store, so fans can be a representative of the current MVP.
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“Everyone is excited about Bryce and his awards last year,” Zeller said. “So we have some great commemorative items for that.”
Jerseys are always a hot item at the store, especially for new players like Nick Castellanos, and CBS3 finds they’ve been made with a lot of love. Each is hand-pressed to house, down to each individual letter, and that’s a lot of letters.
“The supply chain is still pretty paranoid with the after-effects of COVID-19,” Zeller said. “So it’s still going to take some time for us to get the replicas, but we’re lucky we have a press on site.”
“We are pressing away and preparing the Schwarber and Castellanos jerseys for our fans,” she said.
From caps and collectables to merchandise and memorabilia, the store is always changing up the style so fans can find new looks while cheering on their fightin’ Phillies.
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Zeller said, “We read every message, we see what fans say, what they like, what they want, and we try to translate what’s in store as best we can. ” “So it’s a lot of fun to get noticed. What do people want? And we take it seriously and we try to translate that.”