Team pays homage to Springsteen
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.