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Completely Off-Topic / Christine Reviews the NJ Minor League
« on: June 19, 2005, 07:02:35 pm »
Well, we've always wanted to do it and this is the year.  As you may or may not know my family and I love, LOVE, LOVE baseball, and we have said for years that one summer we'd like to check out all the minor league parks in New Jersey.  

This Friday my father attended the local fireman's golf outing, and during the dinner they raffled off 4 tickets to 7 local minor league games - six of the 8 NJ teams (the non NJ team is the SI Yanks, which may or may get a review.)  Oh, and if it isn't clear by now - he won.

Having tickets for 6 of the 8 teams handed to us, we knew that this would be the year.

We kicked off this tour of the NJ minor league today, this Fathers Day, attending a Camden River Sharks game.

As excited as I was to attend my first of many minor league baseball games, Camden was the one I was least looking forward too.  Well if this is the worst of the New Jersey minor league this will be a great summer!

Camden is part of the Atlantic League, the same as my next-town-over team, the Somerset Patriots, so I had seen them play only last week (not part of the “tour" which started today using the first free tickets.)   This was quite a treat since I had already made up nicknames for some of the players.  “Shorty,” the first base coach and “Speedy,” the 6’6’’ leadoff left fielder with a knack for stealing bases.

Parking was $3, the highest minor league total I have seen, and was it ever a pain.  There were 3 visible lots, including the VIP one, but only the VIP one and one of the other two were open causing some bottlenecking for about 1 city block.

The stadium looked typical from the outside,

however inside there was a real surprise!  The Ben Franklin Bridge was RIGHT BEHIND left-left center field!  

Additionally, as you moved closer to right field there was a beautiful view of the Philadelphia skyline.

The giveaway today was a River Sharks cap to the first 1500 males 18 or older in honor of Father’s Day.  Good looking cap, tan with a blue brim and the shark logo, the only advertisement on it was in small blue lettering the word CONAIR on the back.

It was interesting attending a game on Father’s Day because of all the embarrassing t-shirts to be found!  Ohh the iron-on pictures with the words “We love you, dad!” was the fashion of choice for those not in Phillies gear.

Camden had the typical minor league baseball fan interaction games between innings: dizzy bat race, fill the shopping cart race, shoot the t-shirt from the sling shot into the stands, and race the mascot around the base path, etc. but it also had some unique games.  My personal favorite was the cow-tipping game, where a young girl from the crowd was blindfolded and spun around and sent to knock over a giant inflatable cow guided by the crowd’s cheers and silence.  Another exclusive was the knock-over-giant-beer-cans-with-a-football game, where two men, well, you know, and the one who knocked down the most was the winner.  There was also a hungry, hungry hippo game and a weird guy in a tux to collect people’s trash.  Another highlight was during the bottom of the 8th inning kids announced the River Shark batters.

One thing noticeably missing from the game was the vendors roaming the isles announcing the product.  The only food that they brought too you was cotton candy.  Also, from what I hear the selection of food the concourse was probably the weakest part of the Sharks offering, with long slow lines, and not all the food stands open.

The stadium, capacity 6,450, held 4,113 fans today, all of whom were invited on the warning track for free ice cream sundaes for “Sunday Sundaes” at the end of the game.  While the vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup was a nice way to close the game, what made the day was being able to walk on the field, where you get a chance to experience the really size of the game and see what the outfielder sees.

Ohh and the bathrooms were REALLY clean!

This is me seeing how hard it is to "steal" a homerun ball.

That’s all, until next time!

Polls / The Presidential "Race"
« on: August 09, 2004, 07:06:47 am »
Here's a ''lighter'' question about our candidates.  The teams of Kerry/Edwards and Bush/Cheney are in a race, relay, 2 miles to be run each leg, 4 miles total.  Who would win?  Would Bush's 6 min miles be able to make up for Cheney's failing heart?  In what kind of shape are Kerry and Edwards?

(this is fun if you aren't too serious)

Entertainment - Movies / TV / Books / Nashville Star
« on: April 17, 2004, 08:39:37 pm »
GREAT TV.  Even if you don't like country music.

PS Vote for George!

Completely Off-Topic / Be in my [and Cece's] fantasy . .
« on: February 25, 2004, 01:40:11 pm »
. . .baseball league. :wink:

We tried having a NESSAholics fantasy baseball league last year, but it never materialized, so let's just see what happens this time 'round. . .

So I'm thinking, since we're all online folks, run it via Yahoo, the only thing I'm not sure of is the draft.  Yahoo has an "online" or "offline" draft, although either for us would be "online."  It just depnds on if we want to run the draft through a Java thing Yahoo Sports has set up or if we want to conduct it over AIM or MSN or something . . .

click for yahoo schtuff  

And uhmmm yeah, I sooo don't know what else to say except - JOIN or I'll force you to wear the bracelet Cece made out of beads she found in Jordan's room, today!  OR because you're nice and know we need like as many people as I have fingers.  Do you know how many fingers I have?

Start preparing your draft list. . .

Alright, so Cece and I have no idea what we're doing.

And uhmmm did I say please, because if I didn't I ment to . . .pleaseeeeeeeee.

Cece will pay you!!!

Completely Off-Topic / Hot Stoveeeeeeee Thread (I'm uber late, yes I am)
« on: February 15, 2004, 11:24:59 am »
Yeah so some teams have already reported but . .. I still have until Tuesday with the Janks . . . which brings us to A-Rod.  Like OMG!  I hope he doesn't act like a TOTAL asshole. . . but, yeah we know he's damn good.  

What do you think were the biggest moves of the off season?

Entertainment - Movies / TV / Books / If you build it . . .
« on: January 14, 2004, 03:20:56 pm »
Someone explain to me how there is NO thread for Field of Dreams!

Baseball, a daddy, baseball, the cool doctor dude, baseball, corn, baseball, the verzion guy, baseball . . .I mean what else could you ever want in a movie?!

Completely Off-Topic / Serg/Seeing Eye stuff. . .
« on: January 12, 2004, 03:29:40 pm »
Serg got his call back.  His training begins Feb. 13 so he has to be in Morristown before then.

I hate this fuckin' weekend.

I'm gonna go cry now.

1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been

14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the
light bulb could have been changed differently

7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs

10 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing
light bulbs

5 to flame the spell checkers

3 to correct spelling/grammar flames

6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb" ... another
6 to condemn those 6 as stupid

2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term
is "lamp"

15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that "light
bulb" is perfectly correct

19 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please
take this discussion to a lightbulb forum

11 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light
bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum

36 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where
to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for
this technique and what brands are faulty

7 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs

4 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the
corrected URL's

3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to
this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group

13 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including
all headers and signatures, and add "Me too"

5 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they
cannot handle the light bulb controversy

4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"

13 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting
questions about light bulbs"

18 who trip over each other in their rush to say "repost!"

1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and
start it all over again

Polls / Gotta get away, Gotta get away. . .
« on: December 05, 2003, 08:05:26 pm »
We all like 'em, but how do you like your vacations?

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Vanessa and who? =o
« on: November 04, 2003, 02:14:12 pm »
Maybe, maybe not, someday . . .who knows.  It's in the stars (apparently)

Click here to find out what I'm talking about.

Source:  Teen People Dec2003/Jan2004

*crosses fingers* Please not be posted yet please oh please

I'm so paranoid I just missed it or something--lol

Polls / Wild Race
« on: September 02, 2003, 11:26:56 am »
It's gonna be close (duh!)  

My heart belongs to the Cards, but *hopefully* they'll win their division, in which case I pick the Phillies.

Packing Peanut war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*thorws lots of styrofoam peatnuts at sister*

The Phanatic!

Eastern State

Olden Days People lol!

Carriage Ride

This one is just plain funny--I HAD to take it

I'll give you one Guess

ME at the Art Museum (post-Rocky run!  lol)

That's all for now . . .maybe more later . . .maybe


"Yawkey way"

Bill Mueller signing my yearbook

Johnny Damon

Manny Ramirez

The guy who interviwed me for the news

Fenway as a backdrop (my sisters and I -and NO blondes *evil*)


Boston and water and a sailboat

My sister Lauren and me on a boat


My sister Katie and me in the "Frog Pond" in Boston's version of Central Park (I forget what it's called already! hehe)


Serg and me and my sisters and "Winter" the sleepy golden

Serg and me and some relief pitchers

I also have a recording of  me talking about Boston and making fun of their accents . . .but I don't wanna put that up . . .PM me for it

Polls / Water! It's what we drink!
« on: August 16, 2003, 07:14:42 pm »
What's in your glass?

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