Team pays homage to Spring­steen

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

LAKEWOO (AP) — When it comes to his most fa­vorite things in life, Matt Young says there’s noth­ing bet­ter than base­ball — ex­cept Bruce Spring­steen.

Young was among the thou­sands of fans who came out Satur­day night for the 10th an­nual “Bruce Spring­steen Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Night” staged by the Lakewood BlueClaws, a New Jersey-based mi­nor league af­fil­i­ate of the Philadel­phia Phillies who play their games in the South At­lantic League.

“I fell in love with his mu­sic when I was a kid, when I first heard my brother play­ing his “Born to Run” al­bum,” Young, 44, of Toms River, said about Spring­steen. “I then started lis­ten­ing to his ear­lier stuff, and I’ve been hooked ever since.”

Spring­steen, a big base­ball fan, grew up in Free­hold, which is about 30 min­utes from FirstEn­ergy Park, the sta­dium where the BlueClaws play their home games. He’s at­tended a few games there over the years and team of­fi­cials said they would be thrilled if he de­cided to at­tend this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

“This area is his roots, and Bruce has so many fans and so much sup­port here, so this is al­ways one of the big­gest nights of our sea­son,” said Jim DeAn­ge­lis, vice pres­i­dent of com­mu­nity re­la­tions for the team.

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