Jersey Shore BlueClaws Again within the Stadium, Offering Aggressive Leisure and Household Enjoyable

June 10, 2021

Jersey Shore BlueClaws are back in the stadium, offering competitive entertainment and family fun

By Tim Morris

Professional minor league baseball is back with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws. BlueClaws fans could see their team in action on May 4th as they opened their 2021 season at home in FirstEnergy Park.

One of the most popular summer pastimes on the Jersey Shore is back. Professional minor league baseball and its fan-friendly environment have returned to FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood after a year of absence due to the pandemic with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws.

The BlueClaws, a minor league subsidiary of the Philadelphia Phillies, officially opened the 2021 season on May 4th at FirstEnergy Park.

“There is a lot of excitement,” said BlueClaws director of communications and radio station Greg Giombarrese. “It’s been a unique year for us with the name change, the promotion and the 614 days between the season opener and our last game.”

As expected, the response from the population and regional companies was positive. When tickets went on sale, the public devoured them. Since the BlueClaws played their first home game in 2001, nearly 8 million people have walked through the turnstiles to watch a game. Catching a BlueClaws game became a must.

Due to the current restrictions on the stadium with 6,588 seats, the team cannot currently occupy all seats. Tickets are sold in pods for two to six people with social distancing.

However, more fans can watch the team play in person via the stadium’s 360-degree hall, where they can watch the games from picnic tables and grass berms outdoors.

Aside from simply getting back to the game, there is excitement about the caliber of baseball that is played in Lakewood. Jersey Shore is playing in the High A East division this year, not the new Low A division.

“The players have come one step closer to the Major Leagues,” said Giombarrese.

The BlueClaws 2021 are managed by Chris Adamson and have a roster of 30 people. Major league health protocols are followed in minor leagues. It is more likely than ever that fans will have the opportunity to see players advancing to the big league.

Due to the pandemic and the resulting loss of revenue, Major League Baseball restructured the minor leagues, with many cities losing their teams due to cost reductions. Giombrasse said the BlueClaws were confident the team would be back in business after baseball returned.

“We’ve had a great relationship with the Phillies all along, and we’ve been great partners,” he said.

Even in the single aloop, the BlueClaws sent more than their fair share of players to the next level.

“108 players went to the show from the bank,” noted Giombarrese.

The team has withdrawn two numbers, number 19 from Cole Hamels and number 29 from Ryan Howard. Hamels was an all-star pitcher for the Phillies and the MVP of the 2008 Philadelphia World Series champions. First baseman Howard was also a multiple All-Star for Philadelphia, as well as Rookie of the Year, the 2006 National League MVP, and was a key member of the 2008 Champion Team.

Another positive aspect of the restructuring is the division in which the BlueClaws are located. You are located with the Hudson Valley Renegades (Yankees), Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets), Wilmington Blue Rocks (Nationals) and Aberdeen Iron Birds (Orioles). Having the Yankee and Met teams in the division is a plus, explained Giombarrese, because it helps audience numbers as Yankee and Met teams will draw their fans into the stadium. In addition, the close proximity of the teams makes it easier for BlueClaws fans to see their team play on the street.

The BlueClaws play a 120 game board with 60 home appointments.

Jhailyn Ortiz (13) high fives Logan O’Hoppe (6) after his double home run in the fifth inning that helped the Jersey ShoreBlueClaws open the 2021 season with a 6-2 win over Hudson Valley at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. It was the Blue Claws’ first game in 614 days

In addition to baseball, the BlueClaws offer many other activities for fans. In 2018, the club renovated the ballpark and added the Toyota Home Run Pavilion, which includes a nine-hole mini golf course (each hole is named after a former BlueClaw) and boardwalk games and rides for the family. There are also 17 live fireworks nights, including July 4th, and themed nights. Themed evenings include Pride Night (June 4), Girl Scout Family Night (June 11), Father’s Day (June 13), Camp Day (July 6), Military Appreciation Night (July 8), Autism Awareness Night ( August 6)) and Fan Appreciation Night (September 12).

Baseball fans aren’t the only ones happy that baseball is back. This also applies to those who are dependent on work in the stadium. When the BlueClaws are at home, they employ up to 200 people. This is work that wasn’t available a year ago.

The BlueClaws were the Lakewood BlueClaws until the 2021 season. Giombarrese said the team planned to move from Lakewood to Jersey Shore in 2020 to pay tribute to its large fan base.

“[The name change] the next logical step was to take advantage of the support we have from all over the Jersey Shore, ”said Giombarrese.

HVCA receives aggressive MCACA grant  | Arts & Leisure



Huron Valley Council of the Arts

The Huron Valley Council of the Arts has events where artists and musicians participate where possible. (Courtesy HVCA)

The Huron Valley Council for the Arts will receive a $ 15,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs competition program in 2021.

The council was selected from a pool of more than 300 arts organizations.

“Our award is scheduled for the MCACA fiscal year, October 1 through September 30,” said CEO Gaylord Gill. “During this time of COVID-19, it is important that we have such funds in place to keep our organization running as we have had to suspend so many of our revenue-generating events.”

She says the Michigan Council’s operational assistance grants are designed to cover operational costs such as salaries, utilities, and insurance.

“In order to bring arts programs and events to our community, our HVCA team must continually secure the necessary income in the form of sales, sponsorship, grants, membership fees, and donations,” she says. “We are very grateful to everyone who values ​​our work and supports us with their participation and funding. We all look forward to leaving the pandemic behind and returning to a more comprehensive schedule of in-person events. “

The Huron Valley Council has a gallery and offices at 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland Township. For more information visit huronvalleyarts.org.