Watch out for the Gopher! This week in Atlantic City was bound to be a busy one for defending champion Stacy Lewis. But on Wednesday night, Lewis had an opportunity to combine a little work with some fun when she attended the Phillies-Red Sox baseball game at Citizens Bank Park in nearby Philadelphia.
Listen to radio interview with Stacy Lewis
Lewis was invited by the Phillies to take part in a skit with their mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, on the field in the fifth inning of the game. The reigning Rolex Player of the Year, who wore a Phillies hat for the night, helped to give the Phanatic a golf lesson before they were interrupted by the appearance of a Gopher mascot on the field, which resulted in an ensuing dance number. Lewis, who seemed to have fun with the silly skit, then left the field on an ATV with the Phanatic. It was a unique experience that other famous athletes have also been a part of including tennis legend Billie Jean King and boxing legend Joe Frazier.
“The coolest part of the night was when I was riding with the Phillie Phanatic off the field and people were yelling my name and yelling good luck,” Lewis said with a laugh. “So it was cool that people do pay attention and do know what we’re doing out here.”
The top-ranked American in the Rolex Rankings also had a chance to spread the word of the LPGA’s recent momentum in a few interviews at the ballpark. Lewis was a guest on a local Philadelphia sports radio show before the game and then took part in an in-game interview on Comcast Sportsnet following her on-field appearance.
“I love going to baseball games where you can just decompress and sit there and watch, but it was really cool how much they supported our Tour,” Lewis said. “They promoted the tournament a number of times throughout the night and that’s what we really need to get fans out there.”