First of all, we’re back. Except for a little note on Halloween, this is our first post since October 25th, which was four days before Hurricane Sandy hit our area. The ballpark came through fine, but obviously our area did not, in many places. <
a href=”http://lakewood.blueclaws.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121106&content_id=40183236&vkey=news_t427&fext=.jsp&sid=t427″ target=”_blank”>Here was a message the BlueClaws released in the aftermath of the storm.
The reason for this post…
Yesterday, our sister teams (the Phillies, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Reading Fightin’ Phils, and Trenton Thunder) were gracious enough to have their staffs come down to the ballpark and we ended up sending out 164 people to 15 different sites across Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
“It was our own ‘Baseball Volunteer Day,'” said BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown. “We thank all of these teams who came from a significant distance away during a busy time of the year to help out in our communities. That says a lot about all of these great teams. We are thrilled they are part of our baseball family.”
In addition, each team held a supply drive at their parks over the previous week and items, including clothing, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and more were donated to local relief efforts.
The volunteers were broken up into 15 groups and went to different locations, including the towns Point Pleasant, Bay Head, Manasquan, Belmar, Seaside Heights, and Union Beach, as well as several non-profit organizations including Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity.
Click here for photos from the event.
Elsewhere…The plan is to get back to blogging regularly. We have to wrap up the Arizona Fall League, some other Winter League stuff, and we’ll start to mix in some interviews.
We also have what is a relatively “major announcement” coming up later today.