The Newark Bears lost two out of three to the New Jersey Jackals this weekend. Naturally, I was there on Friday and Sunday when they lost. I was in Trenton on Saturday when they won.
Sunday was my first experience in the picnic area in a couple of years. The food and company were good, and the game was competitive until near the end. (Most of the group stayed up at the top of the section, at the tables with sun umbrellas, if you’re wondering why the section looks empty in my photo.)
When the Bears come back home next week, they’ll have a new manager – Ken Oberkfell‘s last game is August 2nd. They’ll probably continue their roster makeover too – they added major league veteran infielder D’Angelo Jimenez this weekend, and two new outfielders last week. So far. the player changes haven’t had a big impact on the Bears’ record (currently 20-47, good for a last place tie with Worcester.)
The Newark Bears and Newark’s Enough Is Enough Coalition (EIEC) are teaming up to help put an end to violence.
In response to the rash of homicides and violence in the city of Newark, the Bears are hosting the second annual “Stop the Violence Day” at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Sunday, July 29.
Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be a rally at Military Park, followed by a march to the Bears’ stadium. It will be led by Minister Thomas Ellis of EIEC and will arrive at the ballpark around 12 p.m.
Those who participate in the rally will receive a $5 food voucher with the purchase of a ticket to the Bears’ 1:05 p.m. game with the New Jersey Jackals.
The Bears and Ellis will host a press conference on Wednesday, July 25, at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium to announce “Stop the Violence Day.” Family Cab of Newark—whose employee, Rochenel Guerrier, was murdered on July 7—along with a host of other groups, organizations, clergy, family members of victims and others will be on hand.
Broadway composer Neil Berg is bringing his musical, “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway” to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark, N.J. An ensemble of the best variety from several popular Broadway musicals, the show will be performed prior to the Newark Bears baseball game on July 14.
“Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway”, which will be hosted and musically directed by Berg, will recreate the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll & Hyde.
The show will begin at 3:30 p.m. Following the performance, there will be a meet-and-greet with the stars of the show.
At 6:35 p.m., the Bears will take on the Quebec Capitales in a Can-Am League contest.
Berg’s show has toured the country raising funds for Covenant House. Proceeds from the performance on July 14 will go to Covenant House in Newark.
Covenant House is the largest privately-funded agency in New Jersey that provides food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and an array of other important services to homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 21.
Fans can see both the musical and the game by purchasing a ticket at www.newarkbears.com or by calling 973-848-1000.
The Newark Bears are hosting future professional basketball players and NBA Draft hopefuls on Thursday, when they take on the Rockland Boulders at 1:05 p.m.
Former local hoops stars Scott Machado (St. Benedict’s Prep/Iona) and Jordan Theodore (Paterson Catholic/Seton Hall) will be among those meeting with fans and taking part in a ceremony prior to Thursday’s game. Machado and Theodore are both eligible to be chosen in the NBA Draft.
Machado is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The NBA Draft will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark on Thursday at 7 p.m.
All fans who purchase a ticket to the Bears game can receive $3 off of admission to the draft later on that day.
Mississippi Valley State forward Paul Crosby will also be in attendance, as will former Tennessee Volunteer Scotty Hopson.