A bunch of us attended a Scranton game last season and had a great time. Ron is hoping to organize another game for blog readers this season and asked me to post this:
If enough people would again be interested, I’m willing to organize another LoHud Yankees Blog group outing for a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees game this spring/summer at PNC Field, just off I-81 in Moosic, Penn. Last year we had approximately 60 blog readers, family and friends including Pete Abraham attend the outing, and I think everyone would agree it was a great time!
For those who are unfamiliar, PNC Field is about 60 miles from Binghamton, 100 miles from Newark, 110 miles from Philadelphia and 130 miles from State College. The stadium has several group outing venues available, but availability is going fast and the Yankees have increased the minimum number of people necessary to reserve an area on a weekend date.
The best option available for the outing based on dates still available is the Bullpen Field Box which is a nice field-level area in each outfield corner that is under cover, has numerous tables and chairs and several large TVs. A basic package would cost about $30 providing each person a game ticket, all the food you can eat (hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, pasta salad, coleslaw, baked beans, cookies), soda, water and an SWB Yankees cap or program. Adult beverages are also available at extra cost.
Use of the Bullpen Field Box requires a group of 75. The available dates are as follows:
Saturday, May 16, 7:05 versus the Columbus Clippers (Indians)
Sunday, July 5, 5:05 versus the Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
Saturday, July 18, 7:05 versus the Gwinnett Braves (Braves)
Sunday, August 30, 5:05 versus the Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
Please note a few things. Pete expressed to me the great time he had at last year’s outing, but due to his work schedule and other commitments he would only be able to attend the July 5 or Aug. 30. I also want to be sure everyone, especially the out of town travelers, know that the July 5 and Aug. 30 dates are Sunday 5:05 starts. Suite availability and Pete’s schedule unfortunately don’t match up very well this year. But if people are interested I think we should consider a date that Pete can attend. After all without the LoHud Blog, we wouldn’t even be discussing a second outing.
Reserving a hospitality area requires commitment to purchase all 75 tickets which I am willing to do, but only if it seems enough people are interested in having the outing. I’d ask anyone interested to Check out the paper and the web tomorrow and feel free to e-mail me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at firstname.lastname@example.org with the date(s) best for them and number of tickets they would want. Once I seem to have a consensus I’ll e-mail those interested before I reserve a date and direct everyone how payment can be made. Last year I sent those attending an invoice through PayPal and that seemed to work well for everyone. Please include your LoHud blog posting name in your e-mail to me so once organized I can let everyone know who’s coming.
Last summer a number of people from New York, New Jersey, Maryland and even Virginia came to the outing. Later I’ll provide driving directions and links to hotels and restaurants in the area for those attending.
Thanks to Pete for posting this.