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IronPig Named IL Pitcher of the Week!

IronPig pitcher Greg Smith was named IL Pitcher of the Week!

From the IL Website:

In his second start of the 2014 season, Lehigh Valley southpaw Greg Smith tossed the franchiseʹs first
complete game shutout since 2012 and for Smith, his first shutout in affiliated baseball since 2006. In
Game 1 of a doubleheader at Syracuse on Thursday, Smith scattered four hits over 7.0 shutout innings
in a 4‐0 victory for the IronPigs. He didnʹt walk a batter while striking out six, needing just 83 pitches
to complete the shutout. The win was Smithʹs first decision this season and lowered his ERA to 2.31.
30‐year‐old Greg Smith is in his tenth season as a professional pitcher. He split last year between
Double‐A and Triple‐A, posting an 8‐4 record with a 3.31 ERA for Lehigh Valley. He is a veteran of 40
starts in the Major Leagues, having seen time with both Oakland (2008) and Colorado (2010). Smith is
a native of Alexandria, Louisiana.

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An Old Friend Enjoying Japan

Former IronPig Scott Mathieson is having fun in Japan!


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A Road Trip, A Rant & A Railrider – Catching Up

It’s been a few days.. we always tell ourselves that this hobby should never get in the way of important things in life and we are true to that commitment. Fortunately, we always have time to catch up!

Official Noise Nation Road Trip Report:

Date: 18 April 2014

1:30pm – The Noise Nation staff decides that seeing Kurt Landes redeeming his bet, after losing last year’s IronRail wager, is worth the trip to Moosic to see our IronPigs take on the SWB Railriders. A plan is decided upon and is set in motion.

4:30pm – DiPro and Dan arrive at Kram’s place, enjoy some pasta, get some puppy time in and start off the journey.

4:31pm – The RoadTrip Pig Mix CD actually works in the car’s CD player. Yakkety Yak is drowned out by our sing along. (The CD did not work in our first road trip that you can read about here)

6:00pm – We arrive in Moosic. The Will Call stand is set up independently of the ticket windows and we receive our tickets in no time at all. I really like this. We are soon greeted by a lot of camouflage gear, some taxidermy examples and a lot of smiling faces. This was my first trip to PNC Field since the renovation and despite some hesitance, the gang took a lap around the field to satisfy my curiosity. A very friendly usher informed us that it was Outdoors night and there would be a guest appearance by AE’s Duck Dynasty cast member Mountain Man. We proceeded to the outfield where we saw an available bar and a bartender constantly looking over her shoulder. There was no net set up behind the bar that, as I was told, occasionally will lose a bottle to a home run ball. There was also a BBQ stand that offered pulled pork and pierogi sandwiches. Had I not eaten before we left I would have tried one. Perhaps on the next trips. We also saw an area behind the bar where a party deck is under construction. We made our way around the outfield concourse, a beautiful view, and ended up at the picnic area. A bit further down the line.. I met my mission for the evening…

6:25pm – Dan discovers the jumping frog contest.

Photo - Kram

Photo – Kram

So you get 5 frog tries for $2 with a nice prize selection. I tried. I tried some more. I tried again later but I just couldn’t get those frogs to stick to the lily pads. Next time frogs.. Next time!

We head to the team store and guess what we find! Horns & Bells for sale!



What can I say.. it brought a tear to my eye I was so happy.

6:35pm – Kram Jr hits up the ice cream stand for his first milkshake. (Stay tuned for my ice cream rant later in this post)

7:00pm – The game begins. After the 1st inning Dan and Kram Jr. head over to get Mountain Man’s autograph.

Photo - Kram Jr.

Photo – Kram Jr.

7:45pm – Dan tries again, unsuccessfully, to win the Frog game

8:00pm – We grab a big slab of some great sorta-Sicilian style pizza and head back to the seats. Kram Jr. grabs another milkshake.

From there the game proceeded as always. Good umpire calls mixed in with bad umpire calls along with the cheers and boos that go along with them. Some errors, some runs. It was baseball as we all have learned to love.

Barry Enright on the Mound: Photo: Kram

Barry Enright on the Mound:
Photo: Kram

9:01pm – Dan decides to get some ice cream, Kram Jr. takes him along. We discover it is closed by just a minute, but wait! The stand owners wave us over and say they can serve up anything for “Their best customer!” Kram Jr makes many recommendations on milkshakes and flavor combinations (of which there were a lot) but I go with my old standard vanilla ice cream cone, soft serve.

Rant time

Long story – I like ice cream. I do not like frozen yogurt. I know some people like yogurt and that it is supposedly more healthy for you but when I’m jumping off the diet train for a ballpark treat I don’t want yogurt. I want something created as a mix, spun around in a cold ice cream machine and that has as much fat and calories as it does flavor. The cone cost a reasonable ballpark price. I have to say I have not yet tried the yogurt stand at our very own Coca Cola Park. One – I don’t like frozen yogurt. It’s not that I simply prefer soft serve ice cream, I just don’t like it. Not going to eat it Sam I Am, Not in a car or in a van. You get the point. Another thing about that stand is that it suffers from the buffet to go syndrome. Anyone who has ever partaken in the local grocery store’s Chinese buffet realizes real quick how fast the scale rises when it’s priced at close to $10 a pound and those treats and toppings build up fast. I’ll happily pay a set price for a set amount long before I face the unimaginable oops of a $20 sundae.

Short story – I like ice cream. I don’t like frozen yogurt.

Would love for Coca Cola Park to add a soft serve ice cream stand. The vendor up at PNC Field told me he was very interested in expanding to Coca Cola Park so hopefully they figure out a way to make this happen.

So the game ended with a Pigs win in extra innings and we left before the fireworks began. We had a great time but were a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to see IronPig’s General Manager Kurt Landes sing for us. Later confirmed by Twitter, the singing was pre-recorded and to be played in Moosic only after an IronPig loss. We are looking for the full video and when we get it in we will share with you.

We got back home around midnight and a good night was had by all!



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@SteelhawksPIFL Game Preview!

Official Lehigh Valley Steelhawks News:


Steelhawks NJ Rivals Make the Short Trip to the Valley for the 2nd Time This Month

Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (2-0) host their New Jersey rivals, the Trenton Freedom (2-1) for the second time in three weeks. The teams battled in a close game in the Steelhawks home opener that saw the Steelhawks come back to win with under a minute to play in the game. The winner of this contest will assume full control of first place in the PIFL’s National Conference.

The Steelhawks had a bye week coming off another exciting comeback win in Harrisburg two weeks ago. Offensively, WR Matt Coston and FB Jeff Link had break out performances in their first games this season. Coston had two exciting touchdowns and a total of five catches for 113 yards. Link ran for two touchdowns on 53 yards total. Week Two Offensive Player of the Week, QB Adam Bednarik has been a consistent leader on the team, throwing for eight touchdowns and 334 yards.

Lehigh Valley’s defense has turned in some strong performances so far this season. The defensive front five has been terrorizing opposing offenses, including LB/DL Mike Woodhouse (8 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for a loss) who shined in his last performance. DB Dwayne Hollis (Week Three Co-Special Teams Player of the Week) has come up with game changing plays in both the Steelhawks games; he’s tallied 15.5 tackles and three interceptions so far. The Steelhawks’ defense will be contending with a Trenton offense that has averaged 55 points per game.

The Freedom won a big game over the Columbus last weekend, putting up 66 points to beat the Lions. FB Melik Brown (105 yds, 4 tds) rushed for two touchdowns in the win. Both Brown and QB Warren Smith (124 rushing yds) are responsible for the team’s league leading rushing offense. Smith has tallied 553 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air as well. LB Jerome Hayes has been a defensive leader, recording 12.5 tackles, one sack, one tackle for a loss, and one interception.

Kickoff for this Saturday’s game is slated for 7:00 pm. It is “Friends and Family Night,” presented by ESSA Bank & Trust. They will be giving away a special drawstring backpack to the first 1,000 fans through the door. Don’t forget that at each Steelhawks’ home game, every time the Steelhawks score a touchdown, one lucky season ticket holder will be entered into the Boscov’s Travel drawing to win a Free Vacation.

All Steelhawks home games are viewable on Service Electric, TV2 Sports. This weekend is the first of four home games in a row for the Steelhawks. They will be back inside Stabler Arena for a 7pm game on May 3rd, taking on the Harrisburg Stampede in the second part of the Keystone Classic; “Family Fun Night,” presented by Highmark Blue Shield.

Keep checking for the latest news and events from the Steelhawks! For further information please call Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Clark at (610) 282-3100, or visit our website at for the latest Steelhawks news!

Flex season ticket packages will be on sale after the home opener. It’s not too late to get discounted tickets to every 2014 Lehigh Valley Steelhawks game. You can reserve your seats by calling the Steelhawks front office at 610-282-3100. Individual game tickets for each home game are now available as well!

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Kurt Landes to Make Good on Bet with Railriders

The IronPigs lost the IronRail trophy last year and General Manager Kurt Landes will have to show up to the Railrider’s game and sing a song in this outfit. No word yet on what that song will be..

From Twitter

From Twitter

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Hackers & Homers Charity Golf Tournament!


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@LVPhantoms Flyers Viewing Party!


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