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BallhawkFest 2013

If you're new to, let me tell you about an annual event that this website puts on. It began in 2011, and it's called BallhawkFest.

Here's how it works: we pick a stadium that's convenient to a large number of ballhawks, we pick a date with minimal conflicts, and invite every single ballhawk on to join us. It's an all-day affair, featuring a softball/baseball game, lunch at a local restaurant, and of course an MLB game including batting practice. So far we've had two successful events -- the Baltimore BallhawkFest in 2011 and the Pittsburgh BallhawkFest in 2012.

Without further delay, here's what you all have been waiting for, the offical announcement for BallhawkFest 2013:

  • Citizens Bank Ballpark, Philadelphia, PA
  • Saturday, August 3, 2013
  • Braves @ Phillies
  • Game Time 4:05 PM, Gates open at 2:05 PM (LF at 1:35 PM)

Citizens Bank Ballpark is a great venue and is within reasonable driving distance from Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and DC. Based on some initial emails, a core group of 5-10 ballhawks are already planning on attending.

It should be a really fun day. If the logistics work out, the softball game and luncheon will both take place within walking distance of the ballpark.

If you'd like to participate, or are just considering it, please drop me an email so you can get on the BallhawkFest email list. This list will keep you up to date with all the details surrounding the event.

For those of you on the West coast, I had mixed feelings about trying to organize another "West Coast" editition of BallhawkFest. On the one hand, ballhawking is growing in popularity out west and lots of people would want to get together for a BallhawkFest. On the other hand, last year's event was a complete flop and I was hesitant to do a lot of work to organize it and then have nobody show up.

Bay Area Ballhawk Nick Badders has convinced me to give the West Coast BallhawkFest another shot. Nick has already done a ton of work to put something together and has a core group of ballhawks who are committed to attending. Here are the details:

  • Coliseum, Oakland, CA
  • Saturday, May 18, 2013
  • Royals @ Athletics
  • Game Time 6:05 PM, Gates open at 4:05 PM

If you'd like to attend, send an email to Nick Badders. You can also read his blog entry about it here.

Again, more details will be forthcoming if you get on the email list. It's going to be a ton of fun so I hope you'll make every effort to be there.

Alan Schuster is a contributing columnist to

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