Sons of Baseball MVP Experience Mark & SherrY Black | July 18, 2016

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This year the Sons of Baseball Foundation choose one of our Camden County NJ Miracle League players to be their MVP for a Philadelphia Phillies game.

Mark Black, and his mother Sherry Black, were greeted at Citizens Bank Park with official Philadelphia Phillies custom jerseys with their names and the #16 to represent the year.

They also received all-access VIP passes and other Philadelphia Phillies merchandise courtesy of the Sons of Baseball Foundation and the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

The first tour stop of Mark's Sons of Baseball MVP Experience was to the Philadelphia Phillies Media Room where all of their official press conferences are held.

The next stop in Mark's MVP tour was heading out onto the field before the stadium open its doors to the public.

Then Mark received a visit from one of his all-time favorite players...

#6 Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard had a nice lengthy one-on-one conversation with Mark and even signed Mark and Sherry's custom jerseys.

Mark even got to meet the current Miami Marlin's Catching Coach...

#23 Brian Schneider
Brian Schneider asked if he could have his picture taken with Mark, and even signed his game ball.

After the personal meet-and-greets, Mark headed to see the two Philadelphia Phillies World Series Championships (against the Kansas City Royals in 1980 & the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008).

Mark's next MVP tour experience was the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth where Mark got to do some play-by-play announcing.

Mark then headed to the Citizens Bank Park Master Control Room. This is the place where the Philadelphia Phillies broadcast their televised games from. In this room they can also control the stadium's Jumbotron, scoreboards, lights, sounds, and music for the games.

A fun fact Mark learned. It actually takes two people to operate the Citizens Bank Park Liberty Bell. One person makes the bell swing side-to-side while another person (in a different room) operates the bell sound.

After visiting the control room it was time for Mark and Sherry to take their seats and enjoy some dinner before the start of the game.

The Philadelphia Phillies played the Miami Marlins. The game went to 11 innings.

Unfortunately, the Phillies lost 3-2 but that didn't damper Mark's spirits in the least. He exited the stadium the same way he entered it - with an immense smile on his face.

Sons of Baseball's Eric Wallace (President | Co-Founder) and Jon Ahlquist (VP | Co-Founder) flew in from Utah to attend the game with Mark and his mother to make sure they had the best experience possible.

L to R: Jon Ahlquist, Arthur Aston (CCNJML GM), and Eric Wallace.

Eric and Jon were also gracious enough to allow Arthur Aston (CCNJML Co-Founder | General Manager) and Joseph Nasto (Build Jake's Place/CCNJML Co-Founder | President) to share and document the experience.

L to R: Arthur Aston, Sherry Black, Mark Black & Joseph Nasto.
"The Sons of Baseball MVP experience was truly fantastic and memorable. We at Build Jake's Place and the Camden County NJ Miracle League want to personally thank Eric, Jon, and the entire Sons of Baseball Foundation for their time and effort. We sincerely appreciate it." - Joseph Nasto
"I really enjoyed touring the ballpark and meeting new friends. Hanging out with Ryan Howard was my most favorite part." - Mark Black
"Mark and I are still walking on air and I don't expect we'll come down for a while. It was like Christmas, New Years, and 20 birthdays all wrapped up in one. A day we will forever cherish. Truly magical!" - Sherry Black
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Joseph Nasto
Photography by Joseph Nasto. Special thanks to Sons of Baseball Foundation, the Philadelphia Phillies organization and Sophie Riegel (Director, Player Relations & Phillies Charities) for your time and generosity.

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