Tag Archives: FirstEnergy Park

Leaping down the line

The above photo is quite the capture, isn’t it? Joseph Monge of the Greenville Drive after he hurdled through Lakewood BlueClaws pitcher Yoel Mecias (who lost his glove) and first baseman Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins fielded the bunt and threw to the second baseman covering first for the out. But what’s not so great is the previous

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Ryan Howard looks back

Looking back on his time in Lakewood As a Mets fan, it’s tough to see Ryan Howard do well. As a baseball fan, it’s a treat. The big man (who, to this point, has managed to avoid a nickname that’s stuck, as far as I know) is a bonafide superstar and a personable fellow who

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Photo flashback: Present and future Phillies

Jonathan Villar On a gorgeous spring day, Casey and I and a friend from work drove down to Philly to see the home team down the Cardinals, 7-2, with Roy Halladay on the mound. (RIP, Robin Roberts.) From there, we made our way over to the Jersey Shore (area) to see the Lakewood BlueClaws top

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Farewell to “MVP 55”

A quick memory of Johnny Podres, who died over the weekend at 75: Summer of 2001, I’m driving down to Lakewood, N.J., to cover the BlueClaws in a game that night. On the Garden State Parkway, I pass a Cadillac or Lincoln or some other luxury car type that’s common with grandfathers. Think Jerry Seinfeld’s

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Orioles-Nationals gate comparison No. 3

Yesterday in New Jersey, there was a promotion at the ballpark. It was August in April day at Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park. I went to the 11 a.m. game against the Hagerstown Suns (how appropriate) in near-90-degree weather and was glad to put the sunscreen on. Even on an April Humpday, Lakewood drew 4,010 fans. (Unfortunately,

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