Ordinary Janes & Joes can enter home-run contest

May 5, 2009 5:22:11 PM PDT
How would you like to step up to the plate at Citizens Bank Park and see what you've got. Well, you may have a chance. AND it's for a good cause.

Some lucky members of the media were invited to take batting practice at Citizens Bank Park today.

We were inside due to the rain. But today was just a preview of what Phillies fans can do May 20th and 21st. You can sign up for the American Heart Association's Home Run for Hearts Day.

It's a 2-day home run contest held on the field.

The money raised will go towards research.

To help adults and kids like Emily Hyland.

Emily was 10 when she suffered a rare stroke. Her mother says thanks to research, she's getting better.

M.J. Bailey, Emily's mother, says, "She's come a long way, from 2 years ago it's hard to believe that it's even happened- we're both really thankful, very very fortunate."

The event is honor of Richie Ashburn who died of a sudden heart attack in 1997.

But his son says this year has extra meaning.

"With Harry Kalas passing away it certainly adds more to this event. I think everyone should hit a homerun for Harry," says Richard Ashburn.

The Richie Ashburn Home Runs for Heart event is at the park on May 20th and 21st... It costs $1500 for a team of four... Or $400 for one.

For more information, check out Home Runs for Heart 2009.

It could be a good father's day present for someone.

Heart disease is the # 1 killer of men and women.

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