STATE – The Yankees and Mets both opened their new ballparks last week with positive reviews. But if big league ticket prices are a bit too much this year, there are more affordable alternatives closer to home.
The Newark Bears and Somerset Patriots both offer family-friendly baseball entertainment for about $10. A bit further away, the Trenton Thunder and Lakewood Blue Claws allow you to see future Yankees and Phillies stars for a similar price.
The Thunder open the 2009 season as the defending champions of the Eastern League against the Binghamton Mets on Wednesday. The series continues this weekend, with games on Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Kids attending the Saturday afternoon game will receive a Joba Chamberlain replica jersey. Next week, the Thunder will play the Harrisburg Senators – the AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals – Monday through Thursday at 7:05 p.m.