NLCS Game 3: Phillies vs. Padres, 2008 World Series champion to throw first pitch, Kane Kalas sings national anthem

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The deciding Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padre will be played at Citizens Bank Park on Friday at 7:37 p.m.

But fans heading to the game will have plenty to do and see before Ranger Suarez’s first shot is thrown.

The Phillies brought back Shane Victorino and Pat Burrell to throw ceremonial first pitches in the NLDS.

And on Friday night, they turn to another member of the 2008 World Series Championship Team: Matt Stairs.

Matt Stairs of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a double home run during the 8th inning in Game 4 of the NLCS Monday, October 13, 2008 in Los Angeles.

AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Phillies fans will never forget Stairs’ game-winning double homer in the 8th in Los Angeles on October 13, 2008 as the Phillies defeated the Dodgers 7-5 in Game 4 of the NLCS to take a 3-1 lead.

That explosion went “into the night,” as commentator Joe Buck put it.

Kane Kalas, the son of the late Hall of Famer Harry Kalas, will sing the national anthem before tonight’s game.

He has sung the anthem before a number of Phillies games, including this season’s home opener.

Celebrations begin at 10 a.m. with the opening of the New Era Phillies Team Store at Citizens Bank Park. The shop closes at 4:00 p.m. It reopens to ticketed fans during the game.

At 4:30 p.m., fans can attend the Phillies Postseason Block Party on Citizens Bank Way. The two and a half hour pregame event features performances and music for fans of all ages. There will also be a giant Ferris wheel. No game ticket is required for the block party.

All gates open at 5:07pm and all fans will receive a post-season rally towel.

Phillies alumni will sign autographs at CP Rankin Rooftop on Ashburn Alley until 6pm

At 7 p.m., a large American flag will be unfurled by members of the US military. Fifty state flags are held by members of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Then, in the 7th inning, professional trumpeter Justin Nurin will perform “God Bless America.”

Fans are advised to get to the stadium early as the Phils aren’t the only game in town!

Let’s go to the Phillies!

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