It’s Mikal Bridges Appreciation Day as D-backs host his Phillies

Aug 30, 2022, 8:57 AM | Updated: 10:36 am

Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns is introduced before the NBA game at Footprint Center on Octo...

Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns is introduced before the NBA game at Footprint Center on October 20, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tuesday is Mikal Bridges Appreciation Day. Also, it’s the Phoenix Suns wing’s 26th birthday.

To celebrate, the Arizona Diamondbacks will host the Philadelphia native for their second game of a series against the Philadelphia Phillies at 6:40 p.m. Bridges will surely be rooting on Philly, but the local MLB club will be showing him love nonetheless.

That’s weird, yes. It’s happening because Bridges won a bet in June when those two baseball teams first squared off.

If the D-backs had won, Bridges would have attend an Arizona game decked out in Diamondbacks gear. But they did not.

The Phillies were victorious, and the D-backs losing that bet meant they would host a Mikal Bridges Appreciation Day.

So here we are.

Here’s how the team will help Bridges celebrate:

  • A personalized jersey given to Bridges
  • Bridges will watch the D-backs/Phillies batting practice, starting at 3:50 p.m.
  • He will throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.
  • Fun facts on display during the Phillies’ second at-bats.
  • An all-stadium “Happy Birthday” sing-along.
  • Bridges gets a birthday Churro Dog.
  • The D-backs’ Twitter and Instagram profile pictures will change for the game to a photo of Mikal Bridges.

Fans can still join in on the fun. The D-backs are offering two bleacher tickets for $25 using the offer code MIKAL at

And Bridges could use a pick-me-up from the Suns’ faithful.

The Diamondbacks’ first game of the series saw them fall behind the Phillies 7-0 through the top of the fourth frame before Arizona went on a basketball-like 13-0 run.

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