By now, it should be clear that the Phillies have no problem turning their farm system against itself. They also have no qualms with threatening local college students during Spring Training. So when are they going to combine the two into a single act of baseball-ggression, changing the tune of novelty exhibition games into a twisted, nine inning drum solo, deep in the heart of New Jersey?
Now.“Monmouth University,” the school says, “Where Leaders Look Forward.”
The Monmouth Hawks can look forward to the twice consecutive South Atlantic League champions and Phillies Single-A affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws hosting them for the first look at their squad before the regular season.
Monmouth is the former schoolin’ place for Ed Halicki, who once threw a no-hitter for the Giants in 1975, which is information that does not affect the point of this post whatsoever. A little more relevant is the history of Monmouth baseball, which has bred a small chunk of ML players to brag about. But Lakewood’s got to be as good as any college team, given that battalions of record size follow their every move.
Oh, here’s some important information: It’s April 5. If you’ve got five dollars, congratulations, you have enough for a ticket to this game.