Category Archives: Sports: Local/National

World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America Liberty Debuts this October 8

National nonprofit World T.E.A.M. Sports announced today the opening of athlete registration for the October 8 Face of America Libertybicycle and hand cycle ride from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York to the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan.

The 54-mile ride, presented by Northwell Health, is an inclusive ride honoring military veterans who were injured or disabled during their national service. It follows a trial run in October 2015. Athlete registration will be capped at about 150 riders for the October event.  Of the participating athletes riding to Manhattan, approximately 30 adaptive veterans will be invited to ride. These athletes live with loss of limb, paralysis, Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other disabilities; yet turn to bicycling to keep physically and mentally fit. Continue reading World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America Liberty Debuts this October 8

BlueClaws Extravaganza Returns for Third Season – September 2nd

The BlueClaws Extravaganza returns for a third year on Saturday, September 2nd at FirstEnergy Park. The event is a full day of family fun, starting at 3:30 pm and running through that night’s 7:05 pm BlueClaws game against Kannapolis (White Sox).
When the gates open at 3:30 pm, kids can enjoy free rides and a petting zoo along the outfield concourse. Rides include the Polar Extreme Obstacle Course, Giant Carousel Bouncer, Wild One Obstacle Course, and the Chaos Obstacle Course. Outside the park, there will be Touch-a-Truck and additional games as well.
A BlueClaws game ticket is all that is required for admission. To order, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here to order online.
Throughout the day, there will be special craft vendors as part of a Vendor Village. Those interested in becoming a craft vendor and selling items during the BlueClaws Extravaganza can call Jamie Stone at 732-901-7000 ext 110 or click here for more information.
The BlueClaws will have select food and drink specials, plus three food trucks – Empanada Guy, Jake’s Crab Shack, and Fork in the Road – will be there selling food as well.

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Shore Town Baseball Names Joe Ricciutti New BlueClaws President & General Manager

Shore Town Baseball is pleased to announce that Joe Ricciutti has been named President & General Manager of the BlueClaws.  Ricciutti was president of the Staten Island Yankees from 2007 through 2011 and was recognized by Ballpark Digest as the Minor League Executive of the Year in 2008.
Since 2011, Ricciutti has been the Assistant Vice President, University Event Management at Columbia University where he led the division that provides event management, venue rental, and food and beverage services for over 34,000 events annually across the Columbia University campuses.  Ricciutti oversaw a staff of over 150 full-time and 250 part-time employees and the business grew significantly in his six years at Columbia.  He had previously worked for both the Staten Island Yankees from 2001 to 2004 and Columbia University from 2004 to 2007.

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BlueClaws Looking For Craft Vendors To Be Part of September 2nd BlueClaws Extravaganza

As part of the third BlueClaws Extravaganza on Saturday, September 2nd, the BlueClaws are looking for vendors to be a part of a special craft fair at the event, which begins at 3:30 pm, and through that night’s 7:05 pm game.

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Shore Town Baseball Acquires Lakewood BlueClaws

Shore Town Baseball, a newly formed group headed by Minor League Baseball veteran Art Matin, and including local investors Bob Tamashunas and Bill Luby, both residents of Monmouth County, NJ, has reached an agreement to acquire the operating interest in the BlueClaws.
Matin was previously the CEO of Mandalay Baseball Properties, which owned and operated nine separate franchises over its existence, including among others the Dayton Dragons, Oklahoma City RedHawks, Frisco RoughRiders, and Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.  This followed a successful career in the tech industry that included senior positions at IBM, McAfee Security, and Veritas.  He also served as chairman of MiLB’s Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO) from 2010-2014.
Luby and Tamashunas are partners at Seaport Capital, a private equity firm that has a history of investing in minor league baseball through its majority ownership of Mandalay Baseball Properties.

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10th Annual BruceClaws Night on July 29th

For the 10th time, the BlueClaws become the BruceClaws! Bruce Springsteen Appreciation Night is Saturday, July 29th, presented by Kean University.
The fun starts at 5 pm when the E-Street Shuffle plays live in the Coors Light WRAT Trap from 5 pm – 7 pm as part of the
TD Bank Summer Concert Series. There will be $2.50 Miller Lites throughout the night as well.
During the game, BlueClaws players will be wearing special BruceClaws jerseys. These jerseys will be auctioned off with all proceeds to benefit BlueClaws Charities and their Community Partners.

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BlueClaws to Host “Nut Free Day” on June 16th

The BlueClaws will host a “Nut Free Day” at FirstEnergy Park on Friday, June 16th at the team’s 7:05 pm game against Hickory (Rangers). The entire ballpark will be peanut-free and no peanut products will be used in food preparation or available for sale (peanuts, Cracker Jacks, etc), giving those with peanut-allergies the chance to experience BlueClaws baseball!

 

The June 16th game is BlueClaws Let’s Make a Deal Night with themed fun throughout the game. Additionally, after the game, enjoy some of the best post-game fireworks at the Jersey Shore thanks to Wawa.

“The BlueClaws are pleased to be able to offer this night for those around the Jersey Shore impacted by peanut allergies,” said Jim McNamara, BlueClaws Vice President of Tickets. “We want everyone around the area to have to opportunity to enjoy BlueClaws baseball and look forward to a great night.”

Tickets are going fast for this game. To order, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here to order online.

The BlueClaws are the Jersey Shore’s top stop for affordable, family entertainment. They have led the South Atlantic League and New Jersey in attendance in all 16 years of existence.

 

Wizards and Muggles Unite at May 26th Harry Potter Night at FirstEnergy Park

Calling all muggles! The BlueClaws award-winning Harry Potter Night is back on Friday, May 26th, presented by University Radiology. This will be the second annual Harry Potter Night, which last year was recognized as Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Month, for May.
The fun starts when the gates open as the first 1,500 fans receive a BlueClaws Magic Mug thanks to University Radiology. The Magic Mug looks blank on the outside, but when filled with hot water, a Marauder’s Map of FirstEnergy Park emerges.
BlueClaws players will be wearing specialty Quidditch jerseys which will be auctioned off (silent auction on the concourse during the game) with proceeds benefiting BlueClaws Charities and their 40 Community Partners.
Then after the game, stay for a Harry Potter-themed post-game fireworks show thanks to University Radiology.
Tickets to the night are available by calling 732-901-7000 option 2 or online by clicking here.
There will be Harry Potter-themed fun throughout the night.
  • Come dressed to participate in our Costume Contest, with prizes awarded for the best costume.
  • Be sure to catch the Golden Snitch! A Golden Snitch will be running around the ballpark. Fans are encouraged to take pictures with the Golden Snitch and put them on Twitter or Instagram using #BCSnitch. Pictures will appear on the FirstEnergy Park video board.
  • Plus, there will be a Golden Snitch Scavenger Hunt throughout the game.
  • Magic wands will be available for purchase ($10) as will a special, one-of-a-kind Harry Potter Night t-shirt.
  • Fans can get their picture taken – Have You Seen This Wizard – at the Skechers Snapshot Kiosk on the concourse as well.
Once again, the BlueClaws will have Butter Beer, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic will be available. Special food items include Bertie Botts Beans and Chocolate Frogs.
Specialty drinks available in the Upstairs Club Bar and Coors Light WRAT Trap include: White Owl (vodka, kahlua, and cream), The Phoenix (tequila, orange juice, and grenadine), Whomping Willow (vodka, apple sour, and lime juice), Golden Snitch (Jose Cuervo Gold on ice), and Unicorn Blood (vodka, blue curacao lemonade, with cherries).
Finally, the BlueClaws will be hosting Stretches & Spells Yoga (with Yoga by Bridget & Justine) before the game (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm). Anyone can participate and the $29.95 entrance fee includes a game tickets, Magic Mug, Magic Wand, and one hour of yoga with a professional instructor before the game (bring your own mat).
Pre-registration is required for Stretches & Spells Yoga and can be made by calling Dylan Citron at 732-901-7000 ext 147.

The BlueClaws are the Jersey Shore’s top stop for affordable, family entertainment. They have led the South Atlantic League and New Jersey in attendance over all 16 years of existence.

BlueClaws Announce 2017 Preliminary Opening Day Roster

In conjunction with the Philadelphia Phillies, the BlueClaws have announced their preliminary 2017 Opening Day roster. The roster is highlighted by outfielder Mickey Moniak, the first overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. The BlueClaws open the 2017 season on Thursday in Kannapolis, with the home opener on April 13th against Greensboro.

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