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Today in the APP

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Tony Graham recapped the Manager’s Luncheon in today’s Asbury Park Press (click here).

The Howell resident was curious as to who Parent, a former big league catcher, considered his favorite pitcher when Parent was behind the plate.

Parent told Dexidor he hardly had to move his catching mitt whenever he caught left-hander Bruce Hurst when they were teammates with the San Diego Padres.

The event benefited BlueClaws Charities.

Saturday: Manager’s Luncheon With Mark Parent

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

parent1He led the BlueClaws to the first-half title and has them at 49-30 on the year. You can meet him on Saturday in a BlueClaws Charities event at FirstEnergy Park.

Admission is just $20 and obviously includes lunch. The event runs from noon – 1:30 pm in the BlueClaws Executive Conference Center.

Mark has some great stories and some great insights, and the event is definitely worth it. He’ll talk about his big league career, 13 years with seven different teams. He’ll talk about the day he caught 24 innings in 100+ degree heat at the Vet in 1998. It was his last year in the bigs, Mike Lieberthal was injured, they were playing a double-header and didn’t learn until right before the game that they would not have Liberthal.

As a manager, Parent led the Chico Outlaws of the Frontier League to the Golden League title in 2007 and was led the BlueClaws back into the post-season already this year.

If you’re a BlueClaws fan, or a baseball fan for that matter, it’s well worth it. To sign up, call Danielle at 732-901-7000 ext 121. More on the event here.

BlueClaws Make the NY Post…

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The BlueClaws Challenger clinics, run through the Toms River and Asbury Park Elks, were featured in the New York Post

The Elks lodges of Asbury Park and Toms River, N.J., sponsored an event last weekend for their local Challenger Baseball teams at First Energy Park in Lakewood, home of the BlueClaws.

The Challenger Baseball program is an arm of Little League and is for children with special needs. The 80 players were treated to a morning of baseball on the field and attended the BlueClaws’ game that night.

“When those children took the field that morning, they all went out there as ballplayers. And for some it took great effort, determination and courage,” volunteer Tom Gardner said.

This was the second year of the new Elks program (

That is all.

Ed Randall and Bat for the Cure

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

I know we’re a week behind here but this is just as important today as it was last Sunday, when, on Father’s Day, we had Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure at FirstEnergy Park as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Day. Randall founded Bat for the Cure, which encourages men to get checked annually for prostate cancer, about eight years ago.

Randall joined us on the BlueClaws beat pre-game show and some of his comments are below…

“I was having with somebody about a year after I went into remission, my two favorite words, and this person said ‘You should do something,’ and that was the genesis for filing the 501-c3. Through my years in broadcasting, I got the great fortune to know a lot of people and we started to get men to go to the doctors and save their lives.


Painting for Charity

Friday, June 18th, 2010

If you saw a painter on the concourse last night, you saw the beginning of a Craig Mahoney painting for charity. Mahoney, a local artist, will finish the painting soon and we will auction it off with proceeds going to BlueClaws Charities.

Read Craig’s blog here and follow him on Twitter here.

Boss of the Sauce

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Tonight at Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant is 105.7 The Hawk’s annual Boss of the Sauce competition. The event:

Roll up your sleeves, let out your belt and get ready to sample till you can’t sample no more. Boss Of The Sauce 2010 is open to all ages and is a great excuse to skip dinner that night—trust us, come hungry. You’ll sample free food from the cream of the crop of Jersey Shore restaurants and help decide who will be 2010’s Boss Of The Sauce: The People’s Choice.

Most importantly, vote for the BlueClaws! The BlueClaws and Any Event Catering will have an entry in the event and we hope that if you’re going, you’ll give us some consideration.

One other radio note, Mike and Joe from the Shore Sports Report will be broadcasting live on Opening Night at FirstEnergy Park. That’s Friday from 3-6 pm. I am a Thursday afternoon guest on their show, heard on the Shore Sports Network (1160/1310 am or

A Wear It and Winner

Monday, March 15th, 2010

We spotted Anthony in the Brick Target location wearing his BlueClaws cap. He won two Opening Day tickets on the spot.

If we spot you in the community (or at the local St. Patrick’s Day parades), you too will win Opening Day tickets. Good luck!


Don’t Forget to Wear It & Win

Friday, March 5th, 2010

buster-parade2Back just in time for another round of St Patrick’s Day parades, beginning Sunday in Belmar, is Wear It and Win. Buster and members of the BlueClaws front office will be marching in a series of parades, and if they spot you wearing BlueClaws gear, we’ll hand you FREE Opening Day tickets right on the spot. Parade schedule:

  • Sunday, March 7: Belmar
  • Saturday, March 13: Seaside Heights
  • Saturday, March 20: Highlands
  • Saturday, March 27, Keansburg

Happy Anniversary…BlueClaws!

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Today is a special day in BlueClaws history. It’s the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the name BlueClaws to the general public.

It happened in the Lakewood Town Square 10 years ago today, the unveiling of the name. The first BlueClaws logo (changed after the 2009 season) was unveiled in August.

A total of 49 BlueClaws entries were received. The name was first sent in by nine year old Matt Koscielski of West Belmar and Jan Gualtier of Ocean County.

If you’re wondering, ground was broken on the ballpark April 13th, 2000.

OceanFirst’s Home Runs for Heroes Returns

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Some news on a popular program…

LAKEWOOD, NJ – The BlueClaws, OceanFirst Foundation, 92.7 WOBM and 1160 WOBM-AM announced that Home Runs for Heroes will return in 2010, after a successful debut season in which $24,000 was donated to local chariteis that provide essential support to veterans and active members of the United States military.

Like last year, the program will tie each position on the field (not including pitcher, but including designated hitter) with a local military-based charity. Each home run by the BlueClaws at home this year will bring a $1,000 donation to the corresponding charity courtesy of OceanFirst Foundation.

Read the rest of the release here (includes information about non-profit grant applications for the program).

It’s really a great program. Last year, $24,000 was donated by OceanFirst Foundation because of BlueClaws home runs. ARMS (American Recreational Military Services) ended up with the most money ($9,000, seven of the home runs from Jim Murphy).

We’ll have a draft lottery on the field before Opening Day like last year and keep you posted on the program throughout the year. Last season’s results:

Position Organization Amount
C Catholic Charities, Trenton Diocese $3,000
1B American Recreational Military Services $9,000
2B VetGroup $2,000
3B Navy/Marine Relief Society – Earle $2,000
SS Navy/Marine Relief Society – Lakehurst $1,000
LF Army Emergency Relief – Fort Monmouth $3,000
CF National Guard Family Readiness Council $1,000
RF American Red Cross $1,000
DH Army Emergency Relief – Fort Dix $2,000

Buster Delivers Valentines

Friday, February 12th, 2010

To Ocean Twp Elementary School. Proceeds from the eBay auction went to BlueClaws Charities.



Buster: Valentine’s Day Delivery Man

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

valentinesdaybusterimageGood news. Buster can now deliver a Valentine’s Day gift pack to your friend or loved one!

We’ve put the auction up on eBay (bid here), with all proceeds going to BlueClaws Charities.

From the eBay page:

This Valentine’s Day, have the BlueClaws’ mascot, BUSTER, personally deliver a Valentine’s Gift Package to that special someone in your life. Now is the chance to bid on this unique experience and have a Valentine’s Day to remember!

Whether it’s at home, work, or school, Buster can deliver to any site within a 25 mile radius of FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. Buster’s appearance time is available for either February, 12th, 13th, or 14th, and at the time of your choice. The winner of the auction will be contacted shortly thereafter.

Included in the Valentine’s Gift Package:

* Box of Chocolates
* Dozen Roses
* Personalized Valentine’s Day Card
* BlueClaws T-shirt (S, M, L, XL, or XXL)
* Ticket Voucher for two seats to any 2010 Regular Season Home BlueClaws Game

Radio Interview

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

BlueClaws Director of Community Relations Jim DeAngelis will be on with Shawn and Sue at 7:40 am Tuesday (listen here).

BlueClaws Assistant GM Brandon Marano was interviewed yesterday by WOBM News regarding the BlueClaws upcoming job fair (details here). You can listen for those comments in the coming weeks (job fair is February 13th).

Breakfast With Buster Photos

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Another photo gallery…this one from our Breakfast with Buster Holiday Food and Toy Drive on Saturday. The BlueClaws and Salvation Army of Ocean County thank everyone for their support and for braving the snow, making it out to donate.

Also a special thanks to Manhattan Bagel of Brick for providing free bagels for everyone at the event.

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