America’s favorite pastime… in Trenton, NJ

Ahh, baseball.  It’s just as much a part of summer as swimming pools and ice-cold lemonade.

Though I’m not an avid sports enthusiast, I really do enjoy going to a live event and had a great time at a Trenton Thunder game (in June) at Waterfront Park in Trenton, NJ.

Trenton Thunder is at bat

From the Trenton Thunder website:

“Come out to a Trenton Thunder game and you’ll experience Minor League Baseball at its best! As the Class AA Affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Thunder offer the highest level of baseball in the state of New Jersey and have been recognized as the “Nation’s Best Franchise” for providing an outstanding and unique fan experience while conducting unprecedented community outreach.”

A dog looking to find a good home with a Trenton Thunder fan or family of fans

One of the team’s community outreach initiatives involves helping homeless animals. During each home game, a dog in need of a good home is brought out to the baseball field for all in attendance to see.  The announcer provides details about the dog’s personality, unique situation, and encourages someone out in the stands to give the dog a home.

There are also plenty of eco-friendly reasons to support the Thunder.  Partnered with Eagle Maintenance Supply, Waterfront Park offers environmentally friendly paper products and hand soap, and the beer cups in the stadium are GreenWare, an alternative to plastic.  The Thunder Company Store sells a sweatshirt made from recycled PET (which is created by breaking down used soda bottles into polyester yarns).  Even the light bulbs throughout the stadium are energy-efficient, and the printer toner cartridges that the front office uses are refilled at a local ink re-filler.

Of course, my favorite part of any event is usually the food.  At Waterfront Park, there is a great selection of food to choose from.  Choices include Thunder dogs, baby back ribs, healthy salads, garden burgers, funnel cakes, mozzarella sticks, chicken sandwiches, French fries, cheese steaks, peanuts, popcorn, sunflower seeds, nachos, fruit salad, and (my favorite) ice cream.

There’s plenty of time left this season to go see a game, have some good food, and maybe even find your next family pet – Trenton Thunder has home games on their schedule through September 2nd.

“Root, root, root for the home team…”

Every summer evening should include ice cream, in my opinion.

~The Jersey Girl

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