1. Newark, N.J.
Bears and Eagles Waterfront Stadium, former home of the Newark Bears (Requiem for the Newark Bears)
The minor league season started on a down note as the Newark Bears held a liquidation sale.
The heads of Rupert the Bear, team mascot, on the chopping block..
And here’s why
2. Trenton, N.J.
Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder, AA affiliate of the NY Yankees, Eastern League
An outfield wall covered with ads is a sign of a healthy franchise.
Mia Hamm’s husband is on the Thunder wall of fame
Arm & Hammer Park
My favorite ballpark lunch is a Trenton Pork Roll and cheese from here
The Thunder’s legendary batdog Chase
3. Little Falls, N.J.
Yogi Berra Stadium, home of the New Jersey Jackals, Can-Am League
Pepper enjoying a Jackals game
Jack the Jackal and friends cover the Village People
Jackals face their nearly rival Rockland Boulders. The two have been vying for first place all year.
Part 2, to be posted next week, will cover my visits to see the Staten Island Yankees, Rockland Boulders and Somerset Patriots.