Like advertising, baseball relies on great pitches, a loyal fan base, and the power of grown men in animal costumes to sway public opinion. Endorse America’s pastime with this GrouponLive deal to see a Lakewood BlueClaws home game at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get a game package for two (a $35 total value).
- For $29, you get a game package for four (a $70 total value).<p>
Each person in the outing receives the following:
- A ticket for reserved seating in sections 101-115 to any regular-season home game from Monday, May 21 to Monday, September 3 (a $12 value)
- An ice-cream voucher (a $5.50 value)<p>
Returning to FirstEnergy Park for another full slate of summer action, the BlueClaws have already snatched up three South Atlantic League titles in their brief 12-year career. The Class-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies and perennial title contender has transformed Lakewood into a superhighway to the major leagues. More than 40 big leaguers have donned the ‘Claws cap, including NL MVP Ryan Howard, 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels, and longtime Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. This season, speedy outfielders Kyrell Hudson and Gauntlett Eldemire have wreaked havoc on the base paths, combining for 28 stolen bases through May 8 and several game delays thanks to the trails of smoke left behind by their motoring cleats.
Up to 8,000 BlueClaws fans scout future stars inside FirstEnergy Park from their seats or from one of the stadium’s two party decks or three picnic areas. Postgame fireworks shows on Fridays and $1 beers and sodas on Thursdays headline nightly promotions, and, at some point this season, the team expects to draw its five millionth fan, who will be rewarded with a prize package and a chance to guess how many squirrels are lost in Buster the mascot’s fur.
After joining the South Atlantic League in 2001, the LakeWood BlueClaws didn't hesitate to make their mark. In less than a decade, the team won three league championships, including a landmark 2010 season in which they became the first club in SAL history to win the division in both halves of the season and go on to claim the title. As the Philadelphia Phillies' Class-A affiliate, the team has sent 50 players to the majors, including an eventual National League MVP and the 2010 Phillies' star 8-foot mutant crab at shortstop.