Observations from Lakewood, N.J.A Monday night game sold very well with Gaylord Perry in the house to throw out the first pitch and sign autographs.
Retired jerseys: Ryan Howard (29) and Cole Hamels (19)
The mascot is not any sort of creature with claws, as we'd expected (but which might have scared kids), but a critter named Buster who is not any particular sort of animal, just like the major league club's Philie Phanatic.
Cool feature: 12-foot beach chairs in the outfield grass seating areas (use at your own risk).
Fans here are no better than Southerners at waiting until the end of an inning (or even an at-bat) to leave for the concession stand.
Highlight: about six service dogs in training, learning how to behave in crowds.
Superlative: The largest scoreboard in the league I've seen so far (three parks to go).