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Drive Players, and Shore Conference Alums, Helped In Big Way After Sandy

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Jayson Hernandez and Pat Light, current teammates with the Greenville Drive, were both at home, Hernandez in Jackson and Light in Colts Neck, when Hurricane Sandy came through the Jersey Shore.

They rode out power outages and downed trees and saw the destruction to the Shore, their homes, caused by Sandy and wanted to help.

The Red Sox have a group of Shore Conference alums within their organization. Hernandez played at St Rose in Belmar with Anthony Renaudo. Light played at CBA and Monmouth University. Those three, led by Hernandez, wanted to help, and formed Grand Slam for Sandy, raising over $20,000 for relief efforts.

“It started when we didn’t have power for two weeks,” said Hernandez. “We figured we’d ask a few people and it kind of blew up. We used social media to get the word out and the right people caught wind of it and we ended up raising $22,000 for four families.”

Traditional media helped as well, like this column in the Asbury Park Press by Stephen Edelson.

Light spent the day before the storm at Six Flags. “We get a lot of storms coming through and people say ‘It’s going to be huge’ and it never is. But my parents said ‘We better prepare for this.’

“Down in Florida, they’re ready for that stuff. We weren’t and just to kind of help out where you can really makes a difference.”

Hernandez was especially moved when he went to Belmar in the days following the storm to see St. Rose, his high school.

“I went back about three days after the storm passed and they removed 600 pounds of fish from the inside of the school. Parts of the school had nine feet of water in it. It looked like a war zone down there.”

“Even though we’re not around the area all the time, the Shore Conference is home for all of us so we’re honored to help out,” said Light.

You can listen to the full interview with Hernandez and Light by clicking here.

In addition to Hernandez, Light and Ranaudo, Ryan Kalish, who played at Red Bank Catholic, is in the Red Sox system, and there is a nice Shore Conference niche to the Red Sox farm system.

“We all played against each other growing up,” said Hernandez. “Especially when you go down for your first year, it’s nice to have someone show you the rope, like Kalish did for me and Anthony.”

Hernandez played in the annual St Rose/Manasquan game at FirstEnergy Park and used to go to games at FirstEnergy Park with his father.

“I wanted to see how those guys took care of business because that’s where I wanted to be,” he said.

Light never got to pitch there but they played there every year.

“I threw one inning there in an All-Star Game my senior year. I’m hoping to get a start there in Lakewood in July. That would mean a lot. Last year we played in Staten Island, but it’s not the same. It would mean a lot to get a start there.”

Manuel Helps “Restore The Shore”

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The plan today is to roll through a bunch of content and interviews that we did last night at the Phillies Winter Tour in Lakewood. That event started at 6, but Phillies manager Charlie Manuel came over earlier in the day to volunteer as part of Restore The Shore efforts.

Here is a story from

“I really enjoyed meeting the people that are out there working and the people that are trying to clean up and still got quite a ways to go,” said Manuel.

He was pleased he was able to donate his time for service on the Shore, but Manuel added that attention needs to stay on the area and that there is still a greater need for aid.

“I really enjoyed it, but the biggest part about it was that they need help and I think that everybody in the United States knows that.”

And here is one from Tony Graham of the Asbury Park Press.

“I’m glad I got to see that,” Manuel said Wednesday night at the Phillies Winter Tour at the Woodlake Country Club. “It kind of brings reality back to you, how bad and how quick things happened, and how destructive a storm like Sandy was.”


“We talked to them and also went around the whole area over there,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to believe and this is three months after it happened. They’ve been cleaning up ever since and there’s still a lot of work there. It’s unbelievable when you think about it. It’s every bit as bad as I heard it was.”

We will have interviews with Jesse Biddle, Joe Jordan, and more Manuel, this time on the upcoming season.

“70 Sandy Ovations”

Monday, January 21st, 2013

The BlueClaws unveiled a program this morning on the main site through which we will honor one individual, group, or company, that has contributed to local Restore the Shore efforts.

“While Sandy did great damage all across our area, the positive response that came from the community and from grassroots organizations was overwhelming and inspiring,” said BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown. “This is our way of saying thank you to these individuals or groups that went out of their way to help those in need at such a difficult time.”

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Once the season starts, we’ll be interviewing on the radio many of these honorees and we’ll be sure to share their stories and work with you here on this blog.

Yesterday, we went to the annual NJ Sportswriters Association luncheon up in Edison.

Steve Falk has a recap here of many of the Shore-area honorees.

The most touching moment of the luncheon, without question, was the standing ovation received by Manasquan High School football coach Jay Price, who was honored to represent Hurriacne Sandy First Responders.

His work was chronicled back in November here.


Todd Frazier, Jersey Strong

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

I thought this video was excellent and worth sharing – Toms River’s Todd Frazier, who had a great year with the Reds in 2012, is profiled by Buster Olney on

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VIDEO: Baseball Volunteer Day

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

We mentioned Baseball Volunteer Day on the blog yesterday. Below is a video put together by the Phillies and their expert video man Dan Stephenson, Manager of Vi

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A Thank You

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

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. <

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a href=”″ 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.