Monthly Archives: November 2011

Just Passing Through

Looking at the 2011 Topps All-Star Rookie Team today made me realize just how lucky we are to have AAA minor league baseball in the Lehigh Valley.   Not only do we have our own team to cheer for but we also have an opportunity to see the major league stars of tomorrow in our own backward.

All but 2 of the 2011 Topps All-Star Rookie team have played baseball in Coca-Cola Park.  Here’s the all rookie team and when they appeared in our ballpark.  Maybe next year we’ll have a few of our own on the all rookie team.

Catcher:  J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays (.219-23-78). Represented Las Vegas in the 7/14/10 AAA all-star game at CCP.

J.P. Arencibia, Home Run Derby

First Base:  Mark Trumbo, Angels (.254-29-87). Represented Salt Lake City in the 7/14/10 AAA all-star game.

Mark Trumbo, PCL All-Star

Second Base:  Danny Espinosa, Nationals (.236-21-66).  August, 2010 with Syracuse Chiefs.

Third Base:  Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays (.293-9-25) N/A

Shortstop:  Dee Gordon, Dodgers (.304-0-11-24 SB) N/A

OF:  Josh Reddick, Red Sox (.280-7-28)  July, 2010 & April 2011 with Pawtucket Red Sox.

Josh Reddick, Pawtucket Red Sox

OF:  Desmond Jennings: Rays  (.259-10-25).  July, 2010 & June 2011 with Durham Bulls.

Desmond Jennings, Durham Bulls

OF:  Ben Revere:  Twins (.267-0-30).  May, 2011 with Rochester Red Wings.

Ben Revere, Rochester Red Wings

SP:  Jeremy Hellickson, Rays (13-10 2.95). Starting pitcher for Durham Bulls on 7/29/10. Made major league debut 4 days later.  2011 American League Rookie of the Year.

Jeremy Hellickson, Durham Bulls

RP:  Craig Kimbrel, Braves (4-3 2.10 46 Saves).  2 Saves for Gwinnett on 8/6/10 & 8/8/10.  2011 National League Rookie of the Year.


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IronPig to Return in 2012 & More!

Per @jaysonst on Twitter:

LHP Pat Misch to a minor-league deal. Also re-signed infielder Kevin Frandsen to minor-league contract.

Welcome back Frandsen and maybe we’ll see Misch here at CCP too!


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Latest Rumor – IronPig Heading to Japan?

Saw this one out on an obscure website.

Yomiuri Giants have an interest in 27-year-old Scott Mathieson

by Gen on Nov.22, 2011 @ 6:29 am, under NPB
Full story here

Sponichi is reporting that the Yomiuri Giants have an interest in 27-year-old RHP Scott Mathieson.

With Yuya Kubo likely to miss the start of the season next year (right hip joint surgery), the Giants are looking for someone that can step in and provide some stability in the bullpen and become the team closer.

Mathieson has been with the Phillies his entire career after being drafted by them in 2002 and the Phillies would have to release him to go to Japan.

We’ve seen the Phillies release/trade good players to allow them for greater opportunities many times before. Would love for him to stay here with us IronPig fans but I personally think it is a great opportunity for him and his family.

What do you think… Does Scott go to Japan?


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Benefits of a Season Ticket Holder

While starting the plans for a road trip to see our friend Andy Tracy as a Manager in Williamsport I noticed this… Check it out!

Benefits of being a Crosscutters’ Season Ticket Holder:

Access to our VIP Gate

Located at the First Base concourse, our VIP gate is just that – for our Very Important Persons (that’s you!) This gate is open for a full half hour before our Main gate opens. That means you get to come in, get a hot dog, find your seat and take in some batting practice all before the general public can enter the stadium! (It also means no waiting in long lines on those great giveaway nights!) You must have your Frequent Fan card and your game ticket for entrance.

Enrollment in our Frequent Fan Program

Earn prizes just by attending games! All Season Ticket Holders are issued a Frequent Fan card. When you attend a game, simply check in with your Frequent Fan card at the Fan Center located in the Main Concourse. You can earn some great prizes based on the number of games you attend through the season. Prizes are awarded for 10, 20, 30 and 35 games attended. The more games you attend, the more prizes you win!

Recognition in our Souvenir Program

The Cutters will honor you (or your company) by listing your name in our Souvenir Program for all to see!

Never a wasted ticket

Whether you’re a general admission or box seat package holder, your tickets will never go to waste! General admission tickets are all undated and can be used for any home game at Historic Bowman Field, and box seat tickets that were not used on their intended date may be used for general admission seating all season long!

Exclusive discounts and special offers

Season ticket holders receive 20% off all purchases made in The Sawmill Team Store all season long. Simply show your Frequent Fan card at time of purchase. Save on food, too –Season ticket holders will be given the opportunity to buy Cutters Cash (to use at Cutters’ concession stands) at just $0.80 per dollar. That means you’re saving 20% on all your food and drink purchases!

Kind of makes half price sodas look, well… yeah, I’m not going to say it.

Anyways, stay tuned for a possible road trip!


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Sandberg Returns


Lehigh Valley (AAA)
Ryne Sandberg (Manager)
Sal Rende (coach)
Rod Nichols (pitching coach)

Reading (AA)
Dusty Wathan (Manager)
Frank Cacciatore (coach)
Bob Milacki (pitching coach)

Clearwater (High-A)
Chris Truby (Manager)
John Mizerock (coach)
Dave Lundquist (pitching coach)

Lakewood (A)
Mickey Morandini (Manager)
Greg Legg (coach)
Les Lancaster (pitching coach)

Williamsport (Low-A)
Andy Tracy (Manager)
Aaron Fultz (pitching coach)
another coach TBA

Gulf Coast (Rookie)
Roly deArmas (Manager)
Kevin Jordan (coach)
Steve Schrenk (pitching coach)

Full article here:


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IronPig Men’s Club

Noticed this morning by Noise Nation member Heather M., the IronPigs appear to have created yet another “Club” for their fans.

This time though, no kids and no ladies.. this one Gentlemen, is for you!

Calling it the “Iron Heads”, the cost is a tidy sum of $30 per member and benefits include:

– IronHeads T-Shirt
– IronHeads Cooler Bag (Wonder if this is allowed in the park?)
– Batting Practice Viewing & Tailgate on August 19th (No mention if game ticket is included here)
– Ball park tour on July 21st
– Group night on August 19th (No mention if game ticket is included here)

For men aged 21 years or older only.

While some may feel this is long overdue we can always look at the Kids Club, Diamond Divas and Silver Pigs as allowing women, children and the elderly to go first. A bit archaic but that’s not a discussion for a sports blog… :-)

Anyways, I’ll hold my opinion on this. How do you all feel about it? I want to hear your thoughts…

Good value? Something you will participate in? Let’s do a survey!


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Phillie Autograph Signing in Lehigh Valley 11/25/11

On the infamous shopper’s day known as “Black Friday” there will be one shop calling it a Red Friday as the Lehigh Valley’s own Philadelphia Phillie, Brian Schneider will be at Polish Water Ice in Coplay signing autographs from Noon until 1:00pm free with any purchase!

While the great news of meeting a Phillie is awesome enough, I took some time to read up on the Polish Water Ice.

From the Polish Water Ice Website:

It’s not your typical Italian Water Ice. With its great taste, comes Polish Water Ice’s uniqueness. Rather than serving a stored product, Polish Water Ice is made while you wait for it.
It couldn’t be any fresher!

The inventor, who comes from a Polish background, has a degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering and has always wanted to invent a product that is “out of this world.” The homemade recipe contains no fat or cholesterol. Each flavor is perfected to refresh you.

When we combine our Polish Water Ice with soft serve ice cream, it creates our Polish Freeze which is unmatched.

Polish Water Ice started in the kitchen of Thomas B. Curyto, Sr. in the early 1990’s. Having always appreciated Italian water ice, he researched how to make it and came up with his own recipe. As he continued to produce this refreshing dessert at home, it started becoming popular among his friends, family, neighbors, and acquaintances. At times, they would visit Tom just to have his water ice!

Products include the Polish Water Ice, The Polish Chiller, The Polish Freeze, The Ice Cap and the Polish Shake!

Come on out, take a break from shopping and get yourself and the family a treat on Friday November 25th at Noon at Polish Water Ice!

Schneider will be signing anything provided and the first 50 fans will receive a free photo!

Polish Water Ice
2355 Old Post rd (rte 329)
Coplay, PA 18052


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