LAKEWOOD, NJ - Former Phillie Mitch Williams and former Met and Yankee "Doc" Gooden are the first two participants announced for the "Celebrity Hitting Challenge," to be hosted by the BlueClaws as part of 2013 South Atlantic League All-Star Game festivities in June.
The "Celebrity Hitting Challenge" is on June 17th, the night before the 2013 South Atlantic League All-Star Game at FirstEnergy Park. This will be the first time in league history that the All-Star Game festivities will be a two-day event.
The two-day All-Star festivities are presented by Kimball and Community Medical Centers, OceanFirst Bank, and Shore Point Distributing Company.
"We're excited to stretch the All-Star festivities into two-great nights at the ballpark for our fans," said BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown. "Mitch Williams and Dwight Gooden are a great pair of participants to start with and we have many more to come."
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.
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.
As part of this event, there will be two teams of celebrities who square off in the "Celebrity Hitting Challenge." Targets will be placed around the field, and hitting these targets or other obstacles will earn points for each team. Additional details will be announced, as well as many other participants, in the coming months.
Tickets are now available through a BlueClaws ticket package. Anyone that books a ticket package, which also comes with a choice of gift, can reserve tickets to the SAL All-Star Game at their package rate. These orders, through November 9th, will come with complimentary tickets to the Celebrity Hitting Challenge. After November 9th, tickets will go on sale to ticket package holders. Individual tickets will go on sale in March at the team's FanFest.
To book a BlueClaws Ticket Package, call 732-901-7000 option 3 or click here to order online.
The BlueClaws and their All-Star Game partners will host a two-day, six-stop caravan on November 8th and 9th, at which fans can win tickets, play games, and more. Click here for more information on the Caravan, including a full schedule.
The Lakewood BlueClaws, the Jersey Shore's top stop for affordable, family entertainment, have led the South Atlantic League in attendance in all 12 years of existence.
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