The Trenton Thunder will hold their annual “Welcome North” open house event on Tuesday afternoon, April 5th. The event offers fans their first chance to meet the 2016 team before the Eastern League season opens on Thursday.
The Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, will offer tours of the ballpark from 3-5 p.m. and there will be a player autograph session from approximately 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The concession stands will be open, offering free hot dogs and sodas through the event.
A New York-based developer purchased the site of Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium for #23 million, according to a NJ Advance Media report. The underutilized ballpark, which last hosted professional baseball in 2013, will be demolished to make way for a mixed-use, high-rise tower.
“This property is so significant,” said Baye Adofo-Wilson, the city’s Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development. The stadium “was part of a previous attempt to revitalize the downtown…It didn’t work out. We had to come up with a new idea.”
While I’m sad to see the wrecking ball come for a place where I have happy memories, the City of Newark will undoubtedly benefit more from the property being put to more productive use.
January 20 Update: This event has been postponed due to weather concerns.
Next Saturday, new Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier will be signing autographs to benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey, a non-profit charity that ships personal care packages to US troops deployed around the world.
Frazier, a 2015 All-Star and Home Run Derby champ, is a lifelong New Jersey resident who was part of the 1998 Toms River Little League World Champion team and played for Rutgers University before turning pro.
Pro Custom Solar will be hosting the charity event at Freehold Raceway Mall on Jan. 23 from noon until 2 p.m. Frazier will sign one flat item for a $20 donation. Memorabilia (a bat, jersey, etc.) will be signed for a $50 donation.
The Riversharks were not one of the independent league’s better draws – they averaged 3,186 per game in 2015, seventh among eight teams. Actual attendance at the one game I made it to this summer was maybe a third of that.