By Donald M
I love Minor League Baseball and wrote a Stusbtory a little while ago about a game I was at with between the Somerset Patriots and the Camden Riversharks. It was one of a series of Minor League games among which was with this game from Yogi Berra Stadium, and the New Jersey Jackals.
You heard me right – Yogi Berra Stadium. Face it – the guy’s a legend, has more rings than Liz Taylor and when it comes to all time Yanks – he’s the bridge between the old times and Jeter. After #2 – there may never be another one like them.
Here’s what I can tell you, outside of my general recommendation (again) that this is a cost effective, totally fun way to watch a game. I think this was the Jackals first year in the Can-Am league, before that it was the Canadian Bacon league I think. Everything is on a college campus, and the whole place can hold maybe 4,000 people. You can hear every pitch pop in the catcher’s mitt.
I took a look online – at the Jackals webpage and got some cool facts about the place, you can google your own favorite Yogi-isms – kill an afternoon with them. But if you live nearby – try a game early next year – in case you like it and want to go more.
Fun Facts (from jackals.com) :
- All dimensions on the field of Yogi Berra Stadium end in the number 8 to honor Yogi Berra who wore #8 for the New York Yankees.
- In addition to the Jackals, the Montclair State Red Hawks also play their games on the field of Yogi Berra Stadium.
- Numerous rentals and special event have been held at Yogi Berra Stadium, including WDHA’s Rock the Park concerts, adult and little league games and a Willie Nelson/Bob Dylan concert.
- Yogi Berra Stadium has played host to the ABC/WPLJ Charity Game since 2004.
- Yogi Berra Museum is located adjacent to the stadium. It has memorabilia and historical information on the New York Yankee legend, Yogi Berra.
- The stadium has 2 picnic areas, 1 birthday party tent, 1 arcade, 1 souvenir shop, 1 KidZone game area and no obstructed-view seating.
- The Jackals have retired two numbers – #8 for Yogi Berra and #28 for Joel Bennett, who played and coached with the Jackals for 7 years.
New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium