With the summer just around the corner, it’s really time, now, for baseball fans to begin to pay attention to Pennant races. Our local Major League teams, of course, are heading in polar-opposite directions, with the Yankees playing excellent baseball and the Mets being, well, the Mets.
This all reminds us bygone era — when families and baseball were one and the same. Remember when kids ran to the corner store to collect baseball cards and baseball sticker books? Remember the times when families would gather around the TV Saturday afternoons to watch the Baseball Game of the Week on NBC?
Fortunately, locally, we still have a place where spending time with family around pro baseball is possible — in Montclair, at Yogi Berra Stadium, with the New Jersey Jackals. Ticket prices are more than affordable. The guys playing the game are doing so because they love it — not because they’re making millions to perform. There’s plenty to eat and drink. And it’s all a short car ride away west on Route 3. And, this brings us to a contest we’re running in conjunction with the team. The Observer is giving away four tickets to a Jackals game to one lucky baseball family.
Enter the contest by sending your family baseball memories — you can even write the memories together as a family — to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, June 13, at 3 p.m. (Entries received thereafter won’t be considered for the contest.) We’ll choose the one we deem the best — and that person will win 4 flex tickets, good for field-level seats to any upcoming Jackals home game. We’ll also publish your story in print and online editions of The Observer at a date yet to be determined.
So don’t delay — send us your stories today — and get ready to take your family out to the Old Ball Game!
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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, a place where he has served on and off since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on Facebook Live, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to West Hudson to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.