Kristen Palmer Becomes 8-Millionth Fan in BlueClaws History

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JERSEY SHORE – Kristen Palmer of Holmdel became the 8-millionth fan in BlueClaws history when she came through the RWJBarnabas Health Third Base Gate at ShoreTown Ballpark Friday night at 6:19 pm.

The BlueClaws entered Friday having drawn 7,999,350 fans since their 2001 inception, 650 short of 8-million. The team opened only the RWJBarnabas Health Third Base Gate, and Palmer came through as Friday’s 650th fan and the team’s 8-millionth.

“Congratulations to Kristen on being the BlueClaws 8-millionth fan,” said BlueClaws Team President Joe Ricciutti.

“8-million fans obviously means a lot to the BlueClaws, but for us it’s most about the support from the community. The Jersey Shore community has embraced the BlueClaws since day one and for that we are certainly grateful.”

As the 8-millionth fan, Palmer receives a prize package including eight nights in a Luxury Suite in 2023, eight tickets to every remaining BlueClaws game this year, plus eight boardwalk game tickets to each game this year. Additionally, the BlueClaws will match the tickets to 2022 games by way of a donation of to eight charities of her choice. She also threw out a ceremonial first pitch at Friday’s game.

“We’re well on our way to 9-million,” said Ricciutti. “Tonight was our eighth sell-out crowd of the season and even after this weekend we still have four great homestands to come. It’s an exciting time to be a part of and a fan of the Jersey Shore BlueClaws.”

Rob Merten of Clark became the 7-millionth fan in team history on July 27, 2017.

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The BlueClaws, the Shore’s Hometown Team, have 26 games remaining this year at ShoreTown Ballpark. August’s promotional schedule includes three Thirsty Thursdays, three fireworks nights, Star Wars Night (August 5th presented by NJR Home Services), a live performance from Splintered Sunlight (August 20th as part of the Bell’s Brewery Summer Concert Series), and much more.

The BlueClaws are the Jersey Shore’s top stop for affordable, family entertainment. ShoreTown Ballpark brings the best of the Jersey Shore together in one night out with friends and family.

The 9-hole Manasquan Bank Mini Golf Course is located down the right field line. The centerfield concourse features The Boardwalk with traditional favorites like Ring Toss and Hoop Shot.

The left field concourse includes specialty fire pit seating plus the Sand Bar, a special bar location with a stage that hosts live music during select games.

Tickets for all remaining BlueClaws home games are available online at