Jerry Del Priore
As baseball heats up near the end of August, football isn’t far from the minds of its fans, with the start of the regular season just around the corner.
To that end, on Wednesday, August 28th, at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, New York Giants Super Bowl XXV Champions OJ Anderson and Stephen Baker will be on hand to sign autographs.
Anderson and Baker will participate in an exclusive meet and greet on the party deck, starting at 6:00 p.m. The meet and greet ticket package is $70 and includes an autograph item provided by the team, an opportunity for both players to sign an item provided by the fans, and a picture with both former Giants greats.
Additionally, the event includes a buffet and tickets to the game, and you’ll be able to enjoy the action from the party deck, which overlooks left field. To purchase meet and greet tickets, please select Giants meet & greet or Party Deck when purchasing tickets online at Somersetpatriots.com.
After the meet and greet has concluded, the Patriots will honor Anderson and Baker during pre-game festivities and they’ll throw out ceremonial first pitches.
Anderson enjoyed a productive 14-year football career with the St. Louis Cardinals and Giants. He captured the Rookie of the Year by running for 1605 yards and hitting paydirt eight times in 1979.
The eighth overall pick in the 1979 NFL Entry Draft rushed for 102 yards on 21 carries, including the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter of Super Bowl XXV. It helped Anderson win the game’s MVP award.
For his NFL career, Anderson amassed 10,273 yards on the ground and 81 touchdowns. He made two Pro Bowl appearances and the NFL named him Comeback Player of the Year in 1989.
A third-round pick in the 1987 NFL Draft, Baker spent six seasons with the Giants, catching 141 receptions for 2,587 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Nicknamed “The Touchdown Maker,” Baker lived up to his moniker, catching a key 14-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Hostetler in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXV. Down 12-3, Baker’s touchdown brought the Giants back into the contest, ultimately flipping momentum right before the half.