WMGK’S JOHN DEBELLA TO PRESIDE OVER BLESSING OF THE BALLS RETURNS

April 8, 2010

In ’08 & ’09 before the start of the Phillies’ season, MGK’s John DeBella, and 3 religious leaders presided over a blessing of the Phillies’ Opening Day baseballs. Both years, they went to the World Series. The “Blessing” returns on Monday April 12 (6a-9a)

If success is measured by results, it’s safe to say that the past two years’ “Blessing of the Balls” were quite successful. On March 31, 2008, MGK morning man, John DeBella (weekdays 6a-9a on 102.9 WMGK), broadcast a blessing said over the balls that the Phillies were going to use on Opening Day. The blessing was performed by three religious leaders next to the Mike Schmidt statue outside of the front entrance to Citizen’s Bank Park. The Phillies ended up enjoying a magical season and bringing a championship home to Philadelphia. He did it again last year and the Phillies returned to the World Series.

John DeBella and three religious leaders that have blessed the Opening Day balls the past two years are returning again this year. This year’s “3rd Annual Blessing of the Balls” will take place in the outdoor patio area of McFadden’s at Citizen’s Bank Park. The live broadcast will begin at 6am. The actual blessing of the Opening Day balls will take place at 8:20am. Pastor Jeff Raffauf, of West Lawn United Methodist Church; Father Joe Campellone, President of Father Judge High School; and Rabbi Gregory Marx, of Congregation Beth Or are hoping to bring the Phillies the same level of success they enjoyed in 2008.

This year’s blessing will be bigger than the two previous blessings. The broadcast is starting earlier (6am, rather than 8:30a), there will be food and giveaways for those in attendance, and it will be moving to McFadden’s at Citizen’s Bank Park outdoor patio area. The John DeBella Show will have plenty of celebrity guests on site including Stephenie LaGrossa (of CBS’s Survivor).