05 May 2006

Double Play Depth: Camden Riversharks Opening Night

Last week, I had the privilege of attending Opening Night for the Camden Riversharks, an independent Atlantic League team based in Camden, NJ, across the river from Philadelphia. My professional society, ASM Philadelphia, had planned a tour of the Battleship New Jersey and then the game itself, and we had about 20 people at each.

Somehow I managed to convince my wife to come down for the game, and even more amazingly I convinced my friend Bill to drive down with her. That was an adventure unto itself, as both interstates that led to Camden through Pennsylvania (I-76 and I-676) had huge traffic problems. The whole reason my frind came with he was that my wife didn't want to have to drive into Camden alone, which is understandable.

Camden has a deservedly poor reputation for things like, well, people leaving there alive, for example. The crime rate is pretty high, and the city is perennially among one of the unsafest places to live in the U.S. Add to this the fact that the city is nearly impossible to navigate, and you've got yourself one heck of a problem if you leave the waterfront.

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