As our area continues to rebuild from the affects of Hurricane Sandy the Lakewood BlueClaws will be back in town and back in action for another year of South Atlantic League baseball this week. As part of the festivities the team will continue to work to support people who were affected by the storm.
The future Philadelphia Phillies will celebrate Opening Day on Thursday when the Kannapolis Intimidators come to town for a four game series.
BlueClaws players will wear special Restore The Shore jerseys during the opening weekend. The jerseys will have the names of towns that were impacted by the powerful storm. During the weekend a silent auction will be held for the jerseys with the money benefitting the BlueClaws Charities relief efforts. More information on the auctions can be found here.
Thursday night's game is scheduled for a 6:35 first pitch and is also the first Thirsty Thursday of the season. Player introductions and the opening ceremonies will start at 6 p.m. Friday is set to be the first fireworks show of the year and is also Dollar Weekend sponsored by the Asbury Park Press. All reserve and general admission tickets will be sold for just $1.
The BlueClaws will celebrate Buster's birthday on Saturday during the 4:05 game. The first 2000 fans through the gates will receive a free scarf for coming to the ballpark. Sunday's 1:05 contest will mark the last game of the series against the Intimidators and first 2000 fans will get 2013 schedule cups.
Monday night brings the Hagerstown Suns to town and the first 2000 fans will get free magnetic schedules and will be the first Kids Eat Free night of the season. Magnetic schedules will also be given out to fans on Tuesday and all seniors will eat free at the game. The series will wrap up on Wednesday night with more schedules available to fans who come out for the midweek game.
After stops in Greensboro and Hagerstown the BlueClaws will be back at FirstEnergy Park on April 18 for a four game set against the Savannah Sand Gnats.
For more information on the BlueClaws check out their website.