As the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals—and as four-time Carolina League champions—the Blue Rocks represent one of the most successful traditions in all of Minor League Baseball. Continuing to build upon a franchise history that stretches back to the 1940s, Wilmington has served as a launching pad for more than 100 big leaguers since 1993. As the squad of rising stars kicks up dust with diving stops and gritty slides, the 7-foot mascot Rocky Bluewinkle roams through the seats passing out fist bumps and lecturing youngsters on the pros and cons of having antlers.
New York Bagel Café & Deli bakes fresh New York–style bagels smothered in Philadelphia cream cheese, and lunchtime sandwiches packed with Boar’s Head deli meats. The menu’s numerous sandwiches arrive on bagels, inside wraps, or between the UN sanctioned borders of eight different types of bread with classic fixings including the chicken salad layered in lettuce and tomato, served with a pickle and choice of side. The turkey club fills its bready pouch with turkey, american cheese, and bacon, and the grilled-chicken pesto features grilled chicken breast loaded with fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper, and pesto. A rotating schedule of soups accompanies sandwiches, delivering scintillating scents from draughts such as Maryland crab and italian wedding. Patrons can take provisions home with a dozen assorted bagels such as cinnamon raisin, blueberry, and the all-encompassing everything.
Across five full days of action, kids young and semi-young will undergo a comprehensive camp curriculum chock-full of running, throwing, catching, blocking, teamworking, confidence building, high-fiving, and more. If desired, campers ages 11–14 with at least one year of tackle football experience may enroll in the accelerated-skills sections, which feature advanced lessons in the same non-contact environment. All campers are led by professional educators from the high-school and collegiate level, and each day's knowledge bowl soars even higher with visits from Eagles greats, ranging from Fred Barnett to the great Pete Retzlaff (Philadelphia Eagles players vary by camp location). By teaming up with experienced players and coaches, kids will be treated to comprehensive instruction that goes beyond purely mechanical skills.