Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, April 12th, baseball fans can take a look at the way baseball was played in the 19th century and get autographs from Somerset Patriots players and coaches at the team’s annual Fan Fest at TD Bank Ballpark.
The event, which will be held from noon-3 p.m., will feature a game between the Flemington Neshanock and the Elizabeth Resolutes played using 1864 rules. The two teams are members of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League.
Somerset Patriots manager emeritus Sparky Lyle, manager Brett Jodie, hitting coach Shane Spencer and select team players will also be on hand to sign autograph at various times during the event.
Fans will be able to tour the ballpark and take advantage of ticket specials, and there will be a variety of children’s activities.
During the final nine days of 2013, I’m going to revisit nine memorable baseball moments from the year.
The New York Mets hosted Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game for the second time in franchise history in 2013. For a week in July, Major League Baseball threw a big party in New York City.
Dozens of giant apple sculptures appeared throughout Manhattan, challenging baseball fans to find them. (I managed to find and photograph about a third of them.)
Advertising for the game appeared everywhere. And the Jacob Javits Convention Center hosted a multi-day All-Star Fan Fest.
Outside of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., I don’t think you could have found a more impressive collection of artifacts from the game’s history. In addition to a traveling exhibit from the Hall of Fame, much of the memorabilia Warren Spahn had collected over the course of his life was on display before hitting the auction block, as were other items in a more general auction. And that was just the beginning.
At 3:00 PM, Waterfront Park gates will open and fans will be able to view the team’s first practice of the year in Trenton and take tours of Waterfront Park. From approximately 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM fans will have the opportunity to meet this year’s team and seek autographs. Waterfront Park concession stands will be open throughout the event and there will be prize raffles. This is a rain or shine event.
I’d love to make it to this year’s Fan Fest, but I don’t think I’ll be able to arrange to take the afternoon off from work.