South Jersey Baseball:
Saturday, July 3, 2004
By Dan Loney
The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, welcomed 4,512 spectators to Waterfront Park for the first-of-its-kind PSE&G “No Game Night” and City of Trenton Independence Day Fireworks on Saturday night in Trenton. The Trenton Thunder, the City of Trenton and PSE&G raised $11,512 for the Grand Slam We Care Foundation through this event.
PSE&G “No Game Night” was an event at Waterfront Park in which the night’s Thunder game at New Britain was shown live on the right field video board. From an umpire standing on a game ready, empty baseball diamond yelling “Don’t Play Ball”, to the contests and promotions between innings, the Thunder entertainment experience was done as if the game was being played at home. The City of Trenton Independence Day fireworks celebration lit up the sky immediately after the game.
The City of Trenton also put on two free concerts around Waterfront Park to complete the celebration. In the evening Sand Storm performed at the new South River Walk Park, a short walk from the baseball stadium. Local favorite, The Paul Plumeri Blues Band, played on the approach to Waterfront Park as fans arrived for “No Game Night”.
Proceeds from admission and parking will go to the Grand Slam We Care Foundation’s Tickets for Kids Program. The program will allow children’s groups from Trenton who are chosen by the city to come to a Thunder home game.
“We are thrilled with the support we received from the community, which will in turn let us support the children of Trenton through our Grand Slam We Care Foundation,” said Thunder General Manager Rick Brenner. “This was a fun way to spend some time with family, see some Independence Day Fireworks and support an excellent cause.”
The Thunder will return to Waterfront Park on Tuesday, July 6 to face the Portland Sea Dogs (AA Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) at 7:05. Times of Trenton Fireworks will follow the game.
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