There are only two capitals in the United States that lie on the border of another state. One of them is Carson City, Nevada. The other is Trenton, New Jersey. Though only hosting a population of about 85,000 people, this city has a minor league baseball team that is a Double-A affiliate of my favorite, The New York Yankees.

The team, and even more so, its fans, have a phenomenal amount of support. One can always see Boomer, one of four mascots, interacting with the fans, whether it be conducting a race with a motorcycle or giving the kids high-fives. Chase, a six-year-old golden retriever, is often seen bringing the bats back to the Trenton Thunder dugout. His son, Derby, has recently started making his debut by interacting by the fans once in a while. Strike, the last mascot, is a lightning bolt and Boomer’s best friend, and also takes place in in-game activities.

The team has its own stadium, Mercer County Waterfront Park, which can open its doors to about 6,400 people. Notable alumni of the team include Tony Clark, Nomar Garciaparra, Joba Chamberlain, Roger Clemens, and even Derek Jeter. They placed first in their league 6 times, most recently in 2008.

There are many players to focus on. So far, 3 players: Andrew Brackman, Wilkin de la Rosa, and Hector Noesi, are all on the Yankees’ 40-man roster. Two other players to keep an eye on are Jorge Vazquez and, a favorite of nearly everybody, Brandon Laird. Also topping the list is Marcos Vecchionacci, the Venezuelan first baseman. Just yesterday, the team traded David Phelps for Jeff Natale from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

So far, the team is first in the Eastern League, and has won 49 games and lost 31. Will they be able to remain in their position, or will another team edge them out?