In it for the Long Haul

Approximately two and a half months have passed since the advent of superstorm Sandy, and the areas most affected by this meteorological calamity are still in the beginning stages of what has been and will continue to be a long and arduous clean-up process.

With the long view in mind, I wanted to dedicate (the bulk of) today’s post to informing you of/reminding you about a forward-thinking Lakewood BlueClaws initiative: Restore the Shore.

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“Restore the Shore” is a multi-faceted and long-running program, which the BlueClaws are running in conjunction with several local businesses. It all starts with the purchase of a “Restore the Shore” t-shirt, which can be obtained HERE.

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Per the team:

How It Works
- Companies, or individuals, order t-shirts online here and register by emailing restore@blueclaws.com or returning this registration form.

- Each Friday until Memorial Day, staff members (or families) wear the t-shirts and each person makes a donation every Friday.

- Donations are made through PayPal at BlueClaws.com/Restore orAtlanticPTCenter.com.

Businesses that participate will be honored in a ceremony at a 2013 BlueClaws game.

And then there’s this all-important question: Where does the money go?

More from the team:

The BlueClaws and Atlantic Physical Therapy Center are committed to supporting families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In early 2013, those impacted will be able to fill out an application and donations will be made to as many families as possible.

The BlueClaws staff has been wearing their Restore the Shore shirts each and every Friday since the initiative started (I even spotted them doing so at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville), and since then the movement has spread to other Minor League markets as well. Behold, the Lexington Legends.

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Minor League Baseball charities has donated $10,000 to the program, thus far the largest single contribution received.

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Kudos to the BlueClaws for taking the lead in such a long-running and impactful charitable initiative. I’ll continue to publicize and provide updates on these efforts as we move closer to Opening Day.

In (far) less notable news, remember last week when I gave some publicity to the retro baseball-card inspired staff bios of the State College Spikes?

Well, as a reward for my positive PR the team sent along my very own retro baseball card. I am honored.

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The above pic was a self-portrait taken during one of my “On the Road” stadium visits last season. The first person to identify in the comments where I was in that picture shall receive a random assortment of Minor League swag that I have lying in a box under my desk.

Good luck, and for (far) more 1987 Topps content click HERE to check out last year’s multi-part series on players included in that set who have gone on to Minor League coaching careers. It won me a Pulitzer.

benjamin.hill@mlb.com

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13 Comments

Ben…thank you for your blog post…as a Lakewood Blueclaws fan, past ticket holder, and resident of the Jersey Shore, I am proud of them and the entire Phillies organization. They have literally stepped up to the plate and took a swing at bringing back normalcy to this area, which many of us wonder what the new normal will look like.

Thanks for your input, Michael. I’m always happy to cover this sort of thing on the blog.

Salem-Keizer

Will e mail you directly with mailing address…or can wait until your next trip to Ambler!

Photo is of you in Yakima?
Great work, BlueClaws.

Oops. 4 minute delay on Internet in Canada I guess.

It is for this reason that the USA remains #1.

Willing to share some of winning SWAG with Canadian responded 4 minutes slow…and with incorrect guess. The friendly thing to do, due to the fact that who knows what swag Ben has under his desk. Hope it is not any of the food items he writes about.

There may be the remains of a scrapple sandwich, courtesy Delmarva Shorebirds.

Trenton = scrapple. Delmarva= Perdue chicken. mandatory. By law.

I would have guessed Wisconsin, but you never seem to get up this way. :P

2013 or bust!

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