The Phillies have featured a huge Liberty Bell in their outfield at Citizens Bank Park (above picture) as well as back to their days at Veteran’s Stadium. “Ring the Bell” was the official Philadelphia Phillies social media hashtag (#ringthebell) at the end of the 2010’s decade.
Following along in that spirit, Phillies Bell was created at this website as well as with the @philliesbell social media feeds at Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in support of the ball club following the 2019 season.
The site founder and editor as well as primary contributor is Matthew Veasey. Born and raised in the Second Street (some call it ‘Two Street’) neighborhood of South Philly, Matt first became a fan of the Phillies prior to the 1971 season at age nine when Veteran’s Stadium opened in that section of the city.
A graduate of Saint John Neumann High School (now Neumann-Goretti HS) and Saint Joseph’s University, Matt was a member of the Philadelphia Police Department from 1990-2018. He retired honorably as a Sergeant with the Training Bureau after serving in the ranks of Police Officer and Detective during his nearly three-decade career.
During the course of that career in law enforcement, Matt founded his personal website at mattveasey.com in 2004. There he blogged on law enforcement, baseball and sports in general, family, news, politics, faith, entertainment, and more. He was a part of the official PPD “Twitter Initiative” for the final eight years of his career, posting on that social media site under the official sanction of the department.
Also during that law enforcement career, Matt began to cover his beloved Philadelphia Phillies for other sites. The Site Expert for Fansided’s “That Ball’s Outta Here” from 2014-16, he recovered a floundering entity through his own writing as well as editorial work, social media presence, and staff hiring, growing it into a respected resource on the team. In 2016-17, Matt covered all of Major League Baseball for Fansided as a writer with their “Call to the Pen” site.
During October-November 2016 he contributed a number of the profiles at Sports Talk Philly for their countdown of the “Top 25 Phillies of All-Time”: Billy Hamilton, Johnny Callison, Sam Thompson, Roy Thomas. In 2017 he contributed a pair of pieces to the Philadelphia Baseball Review.
In July 2018, Matt was brought on at “Phillies Nation” as a writer and quickly became a huge part of their effort into August 2019. He served during that time as the lead writer for the site, and also contributed as an Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator.
In the fall of 2019, Matt began to cover the Phillies with his own effort on social media as @philliesbell, which can be found through that handle on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. This was accompanied by original pieces on the team at his website, which became philliesbell.com during the abbreviated 2020 Grapefruit League spring training season.
“Phillies Bell” is now adding another voice and looking to give others who wish to express themselves regarding the ball club an opportunity to do so. If you have some talent for writing and would be interested in a role, large or small, in helping to further grow the Philadelphia Phillies fan community, just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Be sure to follow our social media feeds and visit the website regularly as a part of your enjoyment of Phillies team and overall baseball coverage.
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