New Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg will highlight the Lakewood Blue Claws’ annual Winter Banquet on Wednesday, January 22nd at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood.
The baseball Hall of Famer will be joined by current Phillies players and Blue Claws alumni Darin Ruf and Jonathan Pettibone. Tickets for the event are $40 and all proceeds will benefit BlueClaws Charities and their Community Partners Program.
To purchase tickets, call JoAnne Bell at 732-901-7000 extension 100.
The Lakewood Blue Claws will host the 2013 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, and for the first time it will be expanded into a two-day affair.
Today, the team announced the first two participants in the “Celebrity Hitting Challenge,” which will take place on June 17th, the day before the All-Star Game itself.
As part of this event, there will be two teams of celebrities who square off in the “Celebrity Hitting Challenge.” Targets will be placed around the field, and hitting these targets or other obstacles will earn points for each team. Additional details will be announced, as well as many other participants, in the coming months.
Former New York Mets and New York Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden and former Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch Williams are scheduled to take part in the event. While most Mets fans remember Gooden had some real hitting ability (for a pitcher, anyway), I don’t know how many baseball fans are aware that Williams’ first Major League hit was a home run.
“We’re excited to stretch the All-Star festivities into two-great nights at the ballpark for our fans,” said BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown in a press release. “Mitch Williams and Dwight Gooden are a great pair of participants to start with and we have many more to come.”
All-Star Game tickets are currently available to people who buy Lakewood Blue Claws ticket packages. Individual tickets will be sold beginning in March. For more details, visit the team’s website.
The Lakewood BlueClaws, the Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, will reach an attendance milestone sometime this season when the 5 millionth fan enters FirstEnergy Park. According to the team, the BlueClaws will reach the 5 million fan mark faster than any other baseball team in New Jersey or South Atlantic League history.
“We wanted to do something special in celebration of getting to 5-million fans and this is just one of several things we have in mind,” said BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brownin a team press release. “It’s a great opportunity for a local company to partner, receive extensive exposure, and be part of a one-of-a-kind program.”
With less than four days remaining, the auction has one bid and was at $2,500.
The Mets will wrap up a disappointing 10-game homestand this weekend with a 3-game series against Atlanta. (At least we can make fun of Dan Uggla and his .175 batting average & .557 OPS.) Even though it’s the weekend, all three contests are night games. Fans attending Saturday’s 7:10 p.m. game will receive a free Mets cap; those attending Sunday night’s 8:07 p.m. game will receive a replica batting helmet.
The Trenton Thunder are also home for the weekend with a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Tonight’s and Saturday’s games start at 7:05 p.m; Sunday’s game is a 1:05 p.m. afternoon contest. The first 1,500 fans at tonight’s game will get a free Thunder baseball cap. The first 1,500 kids will get a Thunder logo baseball on Sunday. Saturday’s game includes a post-game fireworks display. Yankees’ top pitching prospect Dellin Betances was scheduled to start tomorrow night’s game.
The Mets finally broke their Citi Field losing streak last night and look to continue their success against the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight at 7:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s games will be 1:10 p.m. afternoon starts, weather permitting. After a day off Monday, the Mets will head to Washington for a mid-week series against the Nationals
I have plans to go to Saturday’s game, but I may skip it if the weather looks too soggy. (On the bright side, I’m sitting up high enough that I may get some protection from the catwalk used to service the light installations.)