St Mark fundraiser prom­ises home-run fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By El­iz­a­beth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

BRIS­TOL BOROUdH - Base­ball and celebrity com­bine for a home-run fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence July 14, when the Phillies play the Chicago White Sox at Cit­i­zens Bank Field in Philadel­phia. That’s be­cause St. Mark is be­hind the game, partly as a fundraiser and partly as a way to cel­e­brate two bor­ough na­tives who made good in the big leagues.

Ok, so they’re not Phillies. So the game could cre­ate a men­tal tug of war for fans. But how of­ten do you get the op­por­tu­nity to cover all bases by cheer­ing for both teams on the field? Nat­u­rally, the Phillies have lo­cal al­le­giance. But there’s noth­ing wrong with cheer­ing for St. Ann and Bris­tol High grad Jeff Manto, a bor- ough res­i­dent and White Sox bat­ting in­struc­tor, or giv­ing it up for St. Mark and Bishop Egan grad­u­ate Joe McEwing, Chicago’s third-base coach.

Manto played for sev­eral big league teams and once daz­zled the sports world while play­ing for Bal­ti­more by hit­ting four con­sec­u­tive home runs in four con­sec­u­tive at-bats. He’s played for the Yomi­uri di­ants in Ja­pan, then join­ing the Colorado Rock­ies. He never for­got his roots, ei­ther, be­cause he’s a sports di­rec­tor for the Bris­tol Bor­ough Cen­tury 21 Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­ter, an af­ter-school pro­gram fea­tur­ing var­ied ac­tiv­i­ties, such as sports, mu­sic and aca­demics.

Joe McEwing played with the New York Mets from 2000 to 2004. He’s played for the hansas City Royals and the Hous­ton Astros, re­tir­ing from base­ball in 2008 and be­gan his coach- ing ca­reer that same year. He signed on with the Chicago White Sox in 2012.

Fa­ther Dennis Mooney, pas­tor of St. Mark, said that the school and the town can take pride in two of its own tak­ing their place in the spot­light.

“Th­ese two are an ex­am­ple of the cal­iber of stu­dents ed­u­cated in our schools,” he said.

The game starts at 1:25 p.m. and tick­ets are $35 per per­son; take a $5 chance to be el­i­gi­ble to win a ticket pack­age with four seats on the First Base Line - a $172 value. Tick­ets are avail­able at dreat IDs by Anne, Rad­cliffe and Mul­berry streets; the Bris­tol Bor­ough Tax Of­fice, Pond and Mul­berry streets; and at St. Mark Parish of­fice, 1024 Rad­cliffe Street.

A sell­out of avail­able tick­ets would net St. Mark School $2,000.

St. Ann and Bris­tol High grad Jeff Manto, above, left, a bor­ough res­i­dent and White Sox bat­ting in­struc­tor, and St. Mark and Bishop Egan grad­u­ate Joe McEwing, Chicago’s third-base coach. They will be in Philadel­phia on July 14 when the Sox play the...

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