Saturday, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy with a friend and then we traveled on to Camden to watch the Somerset Patriots play the Camden Riversharks. If you didn’t catch the film this weekend, you’re missing out on one of the best movies of the summer.
I also recommend going to a baseball game in Camden if you have the opportunity. While the city does not have the best reputation, Campbell’s Field is in a safe area near tourist attractions like Adventure Aquarium (formerly the New Jersey State Aquarium) and the Battleship New Jersey Museum as well as the Rutgers-Camden campus.
The beautiful ballpark offers a spectacular view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge if you’re sitting on the first base side of the field. The food is good, and the menu includes a few popular specialties like crab fries. (Unfortunately, there were no crab fries available on Saturday.) Vendors and gameday staff members are polite and attentive.
The Camden Riversharks do have a somewhat higher ticket price than other New Jersey teams: $14 for seats at the 100 level (closest to the field) and $13 for the 200 level. (Compare with Somerset at $13.50/$10.50 or Trenton at $13/$12.) It shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, but it is an oddity considering that both Somerset and Trenton draw significantly bigger average crowds.
Somerset won the game that we saw 5-2, completing their sweep of a separate admission double-header. The relatively quick-moving game remained competitive until the end – Camden brought the potential tying run to bat in the bottom of the ninth. However, Somerset got the better pitching Saturday night and a few close calls by the umpires broke their way.
After the game we enjoyed a fireworks show. (Tip: you have a better view of the fireworks from outside the stadium on the third base side – you can see them against the backdrop of the bridge instead of the ballpark stands.)
I also picked up one more autograph for my collection. When Daryle Ward played for the Newark Bears, I had purchased his 2005 Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day locker nameplate for a few dollars from someone who was getting rid of it. I finally had a chance to get it signed this weekend, and it looks great – Ward is among the few active baseball players with a legible autograph.