A Field of Dreams Gleams in Camden

Kimberly Paynter | July 11, 2012 | More Issues
Crews ready Campbell’s Field for Atlantic All-Star Game

Credit: Kimberly Paynter/for NewsWorks
Camden Riversharks' head groundskeeper Isaiah Lienau puts the finishing touches on the All Star Logo.
A patch of Camden is being spruced up for baseball fans as groundskeepers ready Campbell’s Field for all-stars of the Atlantic League, according to a story and video by WHYY NewsWorks, an NJ Spotlight partner.

“Pretty much it’s just a lot of TLC,” said one observer of the work going on in preparation for tonight’s game, according to reporter Kimberly Paynter in NewsWorks’ Video: Oh yeah, that other all star game.

With all eyes on Camden – at least by aficionados of the independent league that includes the city’s Riversharks and Bridgewater’s Somerset Patriots — the crews have been working around the clock. “There’s probably going to be a few more scouts, which in this league — where everybody has been somewhere or trying to get back — it’s nice to have some eyes on you because it doesn’t happen a lot,” said pitcher Zach Hammes.

There’s a lot of passion within the Freedom and Liberty divisions for teams like the Long Island Ducks, Maryland’s Blue Crabs, and Sugar Land Skeeters – sometimes more passion than for the major league Phillies across the river, said Michael Nicotra, a former head groundskeeper.

Game time is 7:05 p.m. for the 2012 Atlantic League All-Star Game, presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Preceding the game, there will be a celebrity softball game presented by “Jaws Youth Playbook.” The softball game begins at 5 p.m. and includes legendary Philadelphia athletes including Ron “Jaws” Jaworski, Larry Bowa and Steve Carlton.