Celebrity Hitting Challenge
As part of the 2013 South Atlantic League All-Star Game festivities, the BlueClaws will host a Celebrity Hitting Challenge at FirstEnergy Park on June 17th, the night before the All-Star Game.
About: There will be special targets and attractions on the field for the teams of celebrities, who will try to earn points throughout the process. Details will be released leading up to the game.
Tickets: Individual tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for juniors/seniors. They are currently on sale to the general public by calling 732-901-7000 option 2 or online by clicking here.
VIP: A special Celebrity Hitting Challenge VIP area is located on the infield and includes all-you-can-eat food stations plus open bar. As shown here, there will be a protective net stretching around the front of the infield dirt for this one-of-a-kind party. VIP tickets are $75 each and are available by calling 732-901-7000 option 2.
Mickey Morandini: Morandini, in his second season as BlueClaws manager, hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the 6th inning in the series-clinching Game 6 of the NLCS in 1993, chasing Greg Maddux from the game. Morandini hit .268 over an 11-year big league career that included playing with the Phillies from 1990-1997. He helped the Phillies reach the 1993 World Series and was an All-Star in 1995.
Matt Stairs: Stairs homered in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS off Dodgers relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton to give the Phillies the lead and turn momentum in a series that the Phillies would win on the way to that year's World Series title. The Canadian-born Stairs played for 12 organizations. He also holds the MLB record for home runs as a pinch hitter with 23 and hit 265 career home runs between 1992 and 2011, 38 with the 1999 Oakland Athletics.
Justin Pugh: Pugh was selected by the Giants in the first round (19th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft after playing collegiately at Syracuse. He started 34 games in his collegiate career and was named Second-Team All-Big East in 2010 and First-Team in 2011 and 2012. He played in high school at Council Rock South in Holland, Pennsylvania and was a recipient of the Maxwell Award, recognizing tri-state (PA, NJ, DEL) seniors that excel in athletics, academics, and community service.
Randy Foye: Foye was born in Newark and went to East Side High School. He played collegiately at Villanova University. As a senior at Villanova, he was a First-Team All-American and Big East Player of the Year while helping the Wildcats reach the Elite Eight. He was selected 7th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft and has played for Minnesota, Washington, and the Clippers before spending the 2012-2013 season with Utah. He also runs the Randy Foye Foundation, an organization that raises funds and develops programs and projects aimed at directly improving the lives of youths in Foye's hometown of Newark. More information on the Randy Foye Foundation can be found at RandyFoye.org.
Mitch Williams: Williams played three years (1991-1993) with the Phillies, saving 102 games, including a career-high 43 in 1993, helping the Phillies win the National League pennant. All told, Williams, known as "Wild Thing," saved 192 games in 11 Major League seasons. An All-Star in 1989, Williams is now an analyst with MLB Network.
Doc Gooden: Gooden won 194 games over 16 Major League seasons, including pitching for both the Mets and the Yankees. Gooden won the 1984 National League Rookie of the Year Award with the Mets and in 1985, won the pitching Triple Crown, leading the National League in wins (24), ERA (1.53), and strikeouts (268). He helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series championship and represented the team in the All-Star game four times. Gooden pitched for the Yankees in 1996, 1997 and 2000 and threw a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium in 1996.
Pepper Johnson: Johnson was drafted by the Giants in the 2nd round of the 1986 draft out of Ohio State. He played with the Giants from 1986-1992 and was a part of two Super Bowl winning teams. He was in the NFL as a player through 1998 including his final two seasons with the Jets. Johnson has been a coach with the Patriots since 2000, is currently their linebackers coach, and has won three more Super Bowl titles as a coach.
Bruce Harper: Harper, an Englewood, New Jersey native, played at Kutztown University and was signed by the Jets in 1977. A fan favorite, Harper played for the Jets from 1977-1984 and is the all-time kick return leader in franchise history. He currently is the director of the non-profit organization Heroes and Cool Kids, an organization through which high school students mentor elementary school and middle-school students from their districts.
Artie Lange: Lange, who was raised in Union Township, New Jersey, is best known for his work on the Howard Stern Show, on which he appeared from 2001-2009. He also appeared on The Norm Show and MADtv.
Tito Santana: Tito Santana, who lives in Roxbury Township, New Jersey, is a professional wrestler who made his WWF debut in 1979. He is a former Tag Team Champion and Intercontinental Champion and also appeared at the first nine Wrestlemanias, a distinction held by only Santana and Hulk Hogan.
Jim Florentine: Florentine is currently co-hosting VH1 Classic's hit heavy metal talk show series "That Metal Show" alongside Eddie Trunk and now label-mate Don Jamieson. He is best known for his work on Comedy Central's show Crank Yankers. He has also been in involved in shows such as HBO Inside the NFL, Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Chelsea Lately on E, The Howard Stern Radio & TV Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, MTV Music Video Awards, Spike TV Video Game Awards, HBO Down and Dirty Comedy Show, and The Apprentice.
Shawn Michaels & Sue Moll: Shawn Michaels and Sue Moll host the Ocean County Breakfast Show on 92.7 WOBM and have done so for the last 10 years. Michaels graduated from Southern Regional High School while Moll hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Carl Craft and Jimmy Steal: Carl Craft and Jimmy Steal of 95.9 WRAT will participate in the Celebrity Hitting Challenge as well. Craft hosts mornings and Steal afternoons.
Kelso and Tom Farinaro: Kelso and Tom Farinaro of B98.5 have been added to the Celebrity Hitting Challenge. Both host daily on B98.5 and Kelso is a former BlueClaws bat boy and season ticket holder.
Look for many more participants to be added leading up to the game.