He may have been born Dennis Haskins, but there’s just one name to call my guest from today — Mr. Belding.
Richard Belding — the character known and loved on one of the
most-popular teen shows ever — Saved By The Bell, was on-hand at
FirstEnergy Stadium on Wednesday to meet and greet the fans, and sing
fans flocked to the Classic Cafe to see him sing, and he certainly put
on a show. He sang three songs, and then threw out a first pitch,
talked and met the entire team in the clubhouse before the game, signed
hundreds of autographs, sang the seventh inning
stretch, spoke on-air with Brian Seltzer for one full inning
on the R-Phils Radio Network, and even made an appearance in the
post-game interview — was there anything he didn’t do?
Fans, players, and staff members were treated to a night they will never forget —
and well for me, it was a moment to relive my childhood, one in which was spent watching Save By The Bell for hours on end.
Thank you Mr. Belding for a great night in Reading Phillies history!
Mr. Belding Interview.mp3
Original press release —
On Wednesday, the R-Phils and Rock Cats continue their series with a
7:05 p.m. contest, and all fans who come out to America’s Classic
Ballpark are for a night to remember. Fans of Dennis Haskins, better
known and loved by fans as Mr. Belding, will be on hand for a special
Mr. Belding Schools Out Teacher night on Wednesday, June 23. The
lovable principal on one of television’s most popular teen shows ever,
Saved By The Bell, will treat fans to an event like no other. Fans will
have the chance to meet Mr. Belding during an autograph session,
presented by Berks Technical Institute, and will even have the
opportunity to hear Mr. Belding sing karaoke, during a pre-game karaoke
party beginning at 5:00, presented by Rock Hits Y102.
All teachers are welcome to come out for the special Schools Out
Teacher Party, thanks to Berks Technical Institute and Rock Hits Y102.
Fans 21 and older can enjoy Happy Hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and
they can also have their moment in the spotlight by singing karaoke in
the Classic Cafe with Bullseye Sound and Karaoke. The pre-game Karaoke
Party, thanks to Rock Hits Y102, will be led by Mr. Belding, who will
also take to the stage and sing
Wednesday is also a 4 for $48 Family Night, courtesy of Capital Blue
Cross, and fans can get four yellow box seat tickets, four sodas, four
hot dogs, and the
opportunity to play catch on the field before the 7:05 p.m. contest.