You never know who you’ll see at Coca-Cola Park.
For instance, former Philadelphia Eagle and Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik has already been spotted at an IronPigs game and last year, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bruce Sutter was in attendance when he was hired as a minor league pitching consultant in the Phillies organization.
Sunday night, mixed in with scouts and IronPigs pitcher Scott Mathieson, was former Phillies player (1970-81), coach (1989-96) and manager (2001-04), Larry Bowa.
As the game progressed, those in attendance began to realize who was sitting in the stands and started to trickle into his section for pictures and autographs as Coca-Cola Park ushers attempted to keep fans from bothering Bowa.
Bowa, who is currently an MLB Network studio analyst, was likely at the game to watch his nephew, former New York Yankee Nick Johnson. Johnson now plays in the Cleveland Indians organization for the Columbus Clippers. He put on an average showing for his uncle going 1-for-3 on the night with a walk.
No official announcement was made informing the public that Bowa was in attendance, but a visit from IronPigs' general manager Kurt Landes proved the IronPigs knew he was there.
During his 16 seasons in the majors, 12 of which were with Philadelphia, Bowa hit .260 with 15 home runs, 525 RBIs, 987 runs scored and 318 stolen bases. He was a five-time All-Star, two-time gold glove winner, a member of the Phillies 1980 World Series championship team and won National League manager of the year with the Phillies in 2001.