Venturing outside the bounds of Philadelphia, the Fishtown Beer Runners ran far enough to face some even bigger fish last Thursday, September 13—the Camden Riversharks. The route to the NJ-based minor league stadium was scenic—to the river, across the bridge, and a quick turn once in Camden (we didn’t need to venture too far in).

The cozy Campbell’s Stadium had an epic view of the Ben Franklin stretching dramatically in the background. Cheese fries and hot dogs made an ideal complement to the action, which seemed to include audience distractions every few minutes, like guys wrestling in sumo suits, interspersed with some actual baseball. The ‘sharks were ahead for a while, but the York Revolution had a late inning 3-run revolt (which, unfortunately, happened during my beer refill break, so I can’t report on the specifics of the hits). You had to act quickly to get your fill of lager before the 7th inning cutoff, a limit that caused the few complaints of the evening. But then, add more fried dough and a giant tub of popcorn and we made it through.

Late in the game, we got a special visit from the one and only Rivershark mascot. It was all fun and photo ops until we almost lost David April as a shark snack. But, we all made it back safely across the border… I think.

–Jessica Clegg