Hospitalist David Kovalsky Honored with ‘Frontline Hero Banner’ Outside Phillies Stadium for 2021 Season
Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is always a special day, especially this year on April 1st for avid Philadelphia Phillies fan David J. Kovalsky, DO, a hospitalist at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital.
Following a long, dark and cold baseball offseason, Opening Day marks the first of a 162-game season filled with excitement and warm weather. This year, the season opener is extra meaningful, as it will be the first time in 550 days that fans are allowed to watch “America's pastime” inside Citizens Bank Park.
Due to the pandemic, last season was shortened to 60 games and seats were only filled with cardboard cutouts — dozens of which featured Jefferson employees. Now, as the Phillies welcome back fans, they are honoring frontline heroes in another unique way.
The Phillies recently asked fans to nominate those who have “stepped up to the plate” by serving and inspiring our community on the front lines. After receiving hundreds of heartwarming and personal video testimonies, 41 frontline workers, including Dr. Kovalsky, were selected to have their image shown on street banners surrounding Citizens Bank Park for the entire 2021 season.
“I was nominated, unbeknownst to me, by my wife, Meg. I got a surprise phone call from the Phillies that told me I was selected,” Dr. Kovalsky said. “I am very excited and honored to be chosen.”
The South Philadelphia resident looks forward to joining his 40 fellow frontline workers on the field prior to the first pitch on Thursday. “It will be a neat experience. This past year has been very challenging. Where we’re at now feels like an eternity away from where we were a year ago,” Dr. Kovalsky said. “I think we all have a different comfort level now than we had then. But, at the same time, we're still not through it. Hopefully, a few months from now, we will talk about the pandemic in the past tense.”
Congratulations and thank you for being a “Frontline Hero,” Dr. Kovalsky!