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This Week In Ironpigs History

4/14/08:   After 11 straight losses the Ironpigs finally break into the win column with a 3-1 win over the Richmond Braves.  Ron Chiavacci is the winning pitcher and Matt Childers gets the save.

4/15/08:  A 4-1 win over Toledo and the Ironpigs win 2 in a row.  Brian Mazone gets the win and Matt Childers gets another save.

4/18/08:  The Ironpigs drop to 2-14 after an 8-3 loss to Toledo.  Valentino Pascucci hits his only home run in his short stay with the Ironpigs.

4/19/08:  Syracuse defeats the Ironpigs 6-5 as future Ironpigs third baseman Hector Luna homers twice for the Chiefs.

4/15/09:  Kyle Kendrick throws 7 strong innings, John Mayberry Jr. homers and Pablo Ozuna drives in 3 runs as the Ironpigs defeat Syracuse 11-4. 

4/16/09:  John Mayberry Jr. hits a 3 run Home Run but Syracuse pushes across a run in the 12th inning off Dave Borkowski to defeat the Ironpigs by a 5-4 score.

4/17/09:  Andy Tracy hits a 2 run HR at Pawtucket as the Ironpigs defeat the PawSox 4-3.  Drew Carpenter gets his first Ironpigs win and Gary Majewski picks up a save.

4/19/09:  Justin Lehr improves to 2-0 and Andy Tracy homers again as the Ironpigs win 6-2 at Pawtucket.

4/15/10:  Home Runs by Cody Ransom, Dewayne Wise and John Mayberry Jr. to go with 7 strong innings by Nate Bump, and the Ironpigs defeat Rochester 4-1.  Losing pitcher was current Phillies pitcher Jeff Manship.

4/17/10:  John Mayberry doubles 3 times as the Ironpigs defeat Syracuse 8-1.  Future Phillies/Ironpigs fan favorite Pete Orr homers for the only Syracuse run.

4/20/10:  Nate Bump improves to 2-0 with 7 scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over Syracuse.

4/16/11:  Eddie Bonine throws 7 strong innings at Syracuse and Jeff Larish hits a home run as the Ironpigs defeat the Chiefs 4-2.

4/17/11:  Ironpigs win their 4th straight road game, scoring 6 runs in the 8th inning, highlighted by a pinch hit 2 run HR by Delwyn Young,as the Ironpigs defeat Syracuse 10-6.

4/18/11:  In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Brandon Moss hits a 3 run home run in the 6th inning as the Ironpigs defeat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5-3.  Jason Grilli earns his first win with the Ironpigs.

4/14/12:  Hector Luna goes 2-4 with a home run and Domonic Brown drives in 2 as the Ironpigs defeat Rochester 5-2.  Scott Elarton throws 6 strong innings while Jeremy Horst picks up the win and Jake Diekman gets a save.

4/19/12:  Ironpigs score 5 runs in the 8th inning at Buffalo as Eric Kratz gets 3 hits & drives home 2.  Michael Schwimer picks up the win in the 8-4 victory over the Bison.

 

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#IronPigs Opening 2014 Homestand Review – Attendence

The IronPigs started the 2014 season with a plan. April is the coldest, rainiest, most difficult month of the season for any team to draw in high attendance numbers. This year started off with two, count ‘em TWO bobblehead nights and multiple other giveaways stacking the first week for us fans!

Then came the rain. We lost two openings already in the first week but gained two doubleheaders. Following the first homestand Pig fans are making a good showing, keeping pace with the distinct four teams in the lead so far in 2014. Currently in 4th place in the IL for fans per game average. Not far ahead are the fans from Louisville and Indianapolis (larger market areas) and topping the list are the Charlotte fans who finally have a park within their city borders. It’s a brand new park folks and Tommy V is involved so they are going to be strong for a while.

Charlotte Knights 10,210
Louisville Bats 8,704
Indianapolis Indians 8,402
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 8,329
Buffalo Bisons 6,411
Durham Bulls 6,245
Gwinnett Braves 5,983
Toledo Mud Hens 5,811
Columbus Clippers 5,742
S/WB RailRiders 5,623
Syracuse Chiefs 4,965
Pawtucket Red Sox 4,747
Rochester Red Wings 4,507
Norfolk Tides 3,970

I enjoyed this first week. I hope you did too!

OinK!

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When A Bat Becomes A Weapon

On Sunday afternoon, Ironpigs third baseman Maikel Franco got jammed by an inside fastball.  He swung at the pitch and the bat split in half.  The barrel of the bat spiraled down the third base line while the handle of the bat remained in his hands.   Take a good close look at the splintered  end of the bat in Franco’s hands.  I would imagine the piece soaring towards the Rochester third baseman had to be just as sharp.  If you look close you can see the barrel of the bat ‘flying’ down the third base line.

I remember a few years ago a girl at a Dodgers game got “stabbed” with the sawed off barrel end of a bat.  Wish I knew if Franco’s bat was ash or maple.  I heard that the problems with maple bats had been resolved as best as possible, but this looks dangerous.  This also happened to Franco at third base in the Rochester series as he was unable to throw a runner out at first because he was busy dodging a splintered bat.2014 LV Ironpigs 142 Maikel Franco

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New Food Stands at Coca Cola Park

I’m planning a comprehensive over-view of Coca Cola Park Concessions in an upcoming post.  However, I did want to quickly update a couple of newsworthy things:

  1. Gluten Free Stand:  As we mentioned the other day, a new “Gluten Free Zone” is a stand approximately behind section 106.  I haven’t been there myself yet, but reviews have been tepid so far.  We’ll update in a future post
  2. Funnel Cakes and Fries:  As per tweet from the GM himself–Kurt Landes–it appears a new “fries” and “funnels” stand is being constructed just next to the Aw Shucks Corn and Blast Furnace Grill in the Plaza.  We imagine it will feature funnel cakes and french fries with a variety of toppings and/or flavors.  Updates to come.
Gluten Free Menu:  Photo Courtesy Kram Jr.

Gluten Free Menu: Photo Courtesy Kram Jr.

Construction on "Funnels and Fries" at CCP:  Photo courtesy Kurt Landes (Twitter)

Construction on “Funnels and Fries” at CCP: Photo courtesy Kurt Landes (Twitter)

Happy Eating!

@Kram209

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Wild Sports Weekend! Are You Ready? @LVRollergirls @SteelhawksPIFL @IronPigs

Boring winter weekends are done for a while… Are you ready for this Wild Weekend of Lehigh Valley Sports?!

Who is going to be Wild enough to get to all three? I’ll make you a deal. The first 5 super fans to email me photos of themselves (with me) at ALL 3 EVENTS this weekend… will win a secret prize!

Saturday April 5th – Lehigh Valley RollerGirls Blast Furnace Betties Home Bout!

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Sunday April 6th – Steelhawks’ Arena Football Home Opener!

Lehigh Valley Opens the Season at Home for the First Time

Steelhawk's QB Adam Bednarik

Steelhawk’s QB Adam Bednarik

Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (0-0) open their 2014 season PIFL season at home for the first time in franchise history. Visiting the Valley for the first time are the newly formed Trenton Freedom (1-0), who are fresh off a big win over the Richmond Raiders in their first game in team history. The 4:00pm game on Sunday, April 6th will be the first of three meeting between the two National Conference teams.

The Steelhawks will be starting an inexperienced offense behind All-PIFL and Bethlehem native QB Adam Bednarik, one of the best quarterbacks in the entire league. Last season he shattered franchise records by throwing for 2,837 yards, 53 touchdowns, and only 11 interceptions on a 70.4% completion record.

Defensively the Steelhawks front five includes four All-PIFL players. DL Larry Ford (17 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 7 tackles for a loss, 3 forced fumbles) returns to the Valley for a second season after being named to the All-PIFL 2nd team in 2013. DL Brandon Sutton joins the team this year after playing in Richmond last season. He had 33 tackles, and 9 sacks in 2013, earning him a spot on the All-PIFL 2nd team. DL Justin Wells (2nd Team All-PIFL in 2013) completes Lehigh Valley’s defensive line. Last season Wells played in Knoxville, tallying 29 tackles and 5 sacks. Michael Woodhouse comes off a brief hiatus from football. He brings a dual threat as he can lineup as a linebacker or as a defensive end. Woodhouse played in Richmond during the 2012 season and earned 1st team All-PIFL honors.

The Steelhawks backfield is young but brings back multiple players that played in the Valley briefly last season before injuries ended their season prematurely; DBs Terrence Osborne, Stefaun Whitehead, and Devin Duggan.

The Freedom will be bringing some familiar faces with them as they journey to the Lehigh Valley. Head Coach Kevin O’Hanlon is former Steelhawks defensive coordinator. Trenton’s Defensive Coordinator Bob Kohler was also a former member of Lehigh Valley’s coaching staff. Starting DB John Kennedy returns to play in the Valley too, this time as a member of the opposing team.

Trenton is led by former Richmond Raider, QB Warren Smith. Last week he threw for 171 yards, an impressive 85% completion rating, threw for 4 touchdowns, rushed for 2 touchdowns including one 40 yarder.

This year’s home opener is presented by KALCO Resources/Powerhouse Sports, who will giving the first 1,000 fans through the door a FREE Steelhawks 2014 schedule t-shirt. There will be multiple fan giveaways and contests throughout the game. $1 dollar hot dogs are also available! Once again this season, Boscov’s Travel will be giving away a Free Vacation to one lucky season ticket holder. For every Steelhawks touchdown scored at home games, one season ticket holder will be entered into a drawing at the last home contest.

Following this weekends game the Steelhawks next contest is on the road, taking on the Harrisburg Stampede (April 11th, 7:30pm). The team returns to Stabler Arena for their next home game on April 26th, 7:00pm kickoff; that game is deemed “Friends and Family Night” presented by ESSA Bank & Trust. A special drawstring backpack will be given away to the first 1,000 fans through the door.

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 http://www.LVSteelhawks.com 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!

Monday April 7th – IronPigs’ Baseball Home Opener!

Opener Tabbed for 5:05 p.m. on Monday, April 7; Tickets are Still Available

Photo:(c) Cheryl Pursell


Photo: (c) Cheryl Pursell

(Allentown, Pa.) – After a seven month hiatus, the “Boys of Summer” return to Coca-Cola Park for their home opener on Monday, April 7 with a special twilight 5:05 p.m. start time against the Buffalo Bisons. The first 3,000 fans 18 and older receive a commemorative Opening Night T-Shirt presented by Service Electric Cable TV & Communications.

The season’s first homestand, which runs daily through April 13 at Coca-Cola Park, includes some of the best giveaways of the season, including a Cody Asche Bobblehead giveaway (Wednesday, April 9), a Jonathan Pettibone Bobblehead giveaway (Thursday, April 10), Friday Night Fireworks (Friday, April 11), an Andy Tracy Commemorative Cup giveaway (Saturday, April 12) and a Fleece Blanket keepsake (Sunday, April 13). A full list of 2014 promotions is available at ironpigsbaseball.com.

Great seats are still available for the opener and all upcoming games and can be purchased in-person at Coca-Cola Park (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), by calling (610) 841-PIGS (7447) or online at ironpigsbaseball.com. Don’t forget to inquire about some of our newest seating areas, including the “Hot Corner” and the “Bacon Strip”, which offer IronPigs fans the most unique and distinctive seating and hospitality areas in all of Minor League Baseball.

In addition to the T-shirt giveaway, numerous other festivities are planned for Opening Night, including:

Complimentary bacon bits on any concessions item purchased at Coca-Cola Park (certain restrictions may apply from purchases made at outside vendors such as Aw Shucks, Gyro Company, Nuts for You and Philly Pretzel).
An extra-early opening of all gates at 3:30 p.m. to allow fans to partake in the pre-game festivities and experiences.
A pre-game performance by “The Burning Hearts, Fire & Light Theater”. Beginning when gates open at 3:30 p.m., fans won’t want to miss this performance troupe’s theatrics centered on the theme of fire. The show features object manipulation and dance set to astound and immerse the audience in visual delight.

An appearance by the IronPigs drumline, the Designated Hitters, performing in the parking lot and also during pre-game festivities.
Heroes Night will allow fans the opportunity to honor the local police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and military members who serve and protect the Lehigh Valley and the entire nation, in a pre-game on-field ceremony. As part of the Heroes Night activities, the Color Guard ceremony will be performed.

Formal introductions of both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the Buffalo Bisons in a pre-game ceremony.

Fans are reminded that there are three entry points for parking and are encouraged to use the Dauphin Street entrance when traveling from downtown Allentown. In addition to the Dauphin Street entrance, entry to Coca-Cola Park can be gained off American Parkway and Union Boulevard. Preferred/Handicapped Parking access is available via American Parkway only.

The cost of parking in Coca-Cola Park’s “Pig Tail Porking Spaces” is $3 per vehicle for all IronPigs home games.

Single-game tickets, mini-plan packages and group tickets for all IronPigs home games presented by Capital BlueCross, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Coca-Cola Park Ticket Office, online at http://www.ironpigsbaseball.com or by calling (610) 841-PIGS.

Don’t forget to ask about the four-person “islands” in the Red Robin Oasis located directly above the left field bullpens. Each island is covered underneath a thatched roof and includes a circular half-table, cocktail-style seating for the four fans in the party and wait service.

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@IronPigs Have a Solution for Cold Weather on Opening Day!

Think it’s going to be cold for the IronPig’s Opening Day on Monday? Once that sun goes down it surely will be.

The IronPig’s have posted yet another Opening Day promotion that will certainly warm up Coca Cola Park a bit.

Fire! Yes Fire!

From The Burning Hearts Fire & Light Theater website:

The Burning Hearts, Fire & Light Theater is a performance troupe of Fire Artists specializing in theatrical events with a theme of fire.

Object manipulation & dance to set to astound and immerse the audience in visual delight.

Looks pretty cool… or should I say.. Hot!

OinK!

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Vast Valley of Sports Season 2 Episode 1: IronPig’s Media Day!

The IronPig’s held their annual preseason media day yesterday and the Noise Nation was there!

Leading the way were NN veterans Kram, Dipro and Cheryl and a couple of newcomers in Jim and Julie!

Jim, Cheryl and Julie even made it on the front page of the Morning Call!

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…and now our feature presentation! The first episode of Vast Valley of Sports for 2014! Enjoy!

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