Somerset Patriots To Host Drive-In Movie At TD Bank Ballpark

Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced that the team will use TD Bank Ballpark for drive-in movie events on Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th.Sandlot- Social

The Somerset Patriots will screen the 1993 coming-of-age baseball classic The Sandlot at 8:30 pm on both nights in the Red Lot located on the first base side of the ballpark. The lot will open at 7:30 pm for arrival.

Admission will be $25 per car and limited to the first 115 to purchase a spot per event. Proceeds will benefit the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund to help our local health care workers.

Tickets will be on sale exclusively online at www.somersetpatriots.com the week of June 1st. More details will be announced once tickets are on sale.

“We are very excited to host the drive-in movies at the ballpark,” said Somerset Patriots President and General Manager Patrick McVerry. “We’ve been looking for some fun ways to use TD Bank Ballpark until our baseball season is able to begin. Using the parking lot to safely gather our fans and community to enjoy a baseball classic and continue our efforts to support RWJBarnabas Health at this time made a lot of sense.”

Concession packages can be pre-ordered with tickets so they can be safely picked up in time for the start of the movie. The Basic Package is $20 and includes a bag of popcorn, two bottles of soda or water, two soft pretzels and two boxes of candy. The Ultra Package is $35 and includes two bags of popcorn, four bottles of soda or water, four soft pretzels and four boxes of candy.

An order form to choose your candy and bottled drink flavors will be emailed within 24 hours and a confirmation email that the order was placed and received will be sent to you. No food orders will be taken the day of the movie. Upon arrival in the lot, you will notify the parking attendant that you ordered food and you will be directed to the food pickup lane where your order will be given to you in your vehicle window.

To follow recommendations of health experts and government officials, movie-goers will be asked to remain in their cars during the event. Should anyone need to exit their vehicles for any reason, a mask will need to be worn if within six feet of others.

Portable restrooms are being provided by P&W Services. Patrons are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes with them.

More safety details about the event are available at somersetpatriots.com.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, The Sandlot (rated PG) is a coming-of-age story about a group of young boys growing up in California in 1962. A new, shy boy moves into the neighborhood, where he is initially rejected by the local boys because he doesn’t know how to play baseball. Soon, he learns the sport and joins the group of boys who play ball in a local sandlot, and with his new friends, he has a variety of adventures.

Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About RWJBarnabas Health

The RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response fund helps address the growing needs arising as a result of this unprecedented global health crisis and will be used to support our frontline healthcare workers and our comprehensive emergency care efforts.

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals, three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers (Children’s Specialized Hospital) with its multiple outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a large medical group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Introduce Design A Jersey Contest

Design A Jersey SocialBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have unveiled a Design A Jersey Contest that will benefit their long-time partner Hugs For Brady.

The team is asking individuals to get creative and design their very own Somerset Patriots jersey. The jersey can be any look or theme desired that will make it unique and special. Submissions will be accepted through email at patriots@somersetpatriots.com now through June 30, 2020.

Acceptable formats for submissions will be jpeg, png or pdf images.

The Somerset Patriots will select three finalists from the submissions and allow fans to vote for their favorite jersey. The winning jersey will then be announced and the creator of it will be recognized by the team.

The Somerset Patriots will take the winning design selected by the fans and produce the jerseys for an online DASH Auction with all proceeds benefiting Hugs For Brady.

“This is a very exciting promotion for us as it will give our creative fans an opportunity to come up with their own version of our jerseys,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “We’ve been doing specialty jerseys for years and they’ve always been very popular. This is a unique way to expand on those by giving collectors a fresh take on our look, while raising money for the great work of Hugs For Brady.”

The creator of the selected jersey will receive a complimentary one to keep and display proudly, as well as tickets to a future Somerset Patriots game to be honored on the field with representatives from Hugs For Brady.

Hugs For Brady is dedicated to helping children with childhood cancers. Sherrie and Michael Wells started the foundation in 2009, shortly after their 13-month old son Brady was diagnosed with Non-Differentiated Acute Leukemia, a very rare form of leukemia. In 2010, Brady passed away at 23 months old, after he had bravely battled the disease for ten months. Since that time, Hugs For Brady has raised over $2,000,000 to help kids with cancer.

“We can’t let children with cancer be forgotten during this difficult time,” said Hugs For Brady Founder/Executive Director Sherrie Wells. “Our Somerset Patriots partners continued love and support gives hope to hundreds of local children and families who need it now. This fun fundraiser gives a vision of a better world, a better tomorrow for all.”

For any questions regarding the Design A Jersey Contest, please e-mail patriots@somersetpatriots.com.

Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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2010-2019 All-Decade Team: C Adam Donachie

Adam Donachie- All-DecadeAll-Decade Team: Catcher Adam Donachie

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that catcher Adam Donachie has been selected to the 2010-2019 All-Decade Team.

“Somerset was some of the best times I had during my career. The atmosphere with the fans, front office, clubhouse and the community made it feel like home,” said Donachie. “Winning the championship in 2015 was one of the many special highlights of my time there.”

Donachie first joined the Somerset Patriots in 2012 after service in the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles organizations. He would appear in 165 games with Somerset across 2012 and 2013.

Primarily known as a defensive catcher, Donachie put up his best offensive numbers in an All-Star 2014 season for the Patriots. The 6’1” catcher from Winter Park, Florida finished that season with a .277 batting average, 34 runs scored, 67 hits, six doubles, nine home runs, and 45 RBI in 78 games played. He was named an Atlantic League Post Season All-Star as well that season.

In 2015 when he served as the primary catcher for the championship squad, he hit four home runs and drove in 40 RBI in 87 games.

Donachie left after the season to work under former-Patriots hitting coach Shane Spencer as a coach for the Nexen Heroes in the Korea Baseball Championship. 2017 marked his return to Somerset as a player-coach, in which he played in 71 games and added 54 hits and 24 RBI to his totals.

“Adam Donachie was a special player. He developed such a great relationship with everyone on the team, but especially his pitching staff,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “We all had total trust in him behind the dish because he was so smart and had a plan and executed that plan. He made everyone feel more at ease because he was in total control of the game. ‘Donny’ also was a guy you wanted up in big time situations. He came up with so many clutch hits in his time with the Patriots. ‘Donny’ did so much more for the team than just his play on the field. He brought so many guys together and built many meaningful relationships. He showed everyone what it meant to represent the Patriots in all capacities. Everyone around him also understood quickly how important winning was to him and playing the game the right way. Adam was a great teammate. Gave everything he had every night and day. He will always hold a special place in my heart and is truly a great friend.”

Overall, he has hit .250 with 24 home runs, 171 RBI and 57 doubles over 401 games during his Somerset career.

Voting took place online and over 5,000 fans casted their ballots for their favorite players at each position from January 3rd through April 15th. The Somerset Patriots All-Decade Team will be announced over the next few weeks.

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Somerset Patriots Pop-Up Shopping Event Helps Community And RWJBarnabas Health

SyscoSocialBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, and their concessions partner HomePlate Catering & Hospitality, teamed up with Sysco Metro New York to provide the community with a pop-up shopping event at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday, May 8th.

From the 70 online orders placed, the Somerset Patriots and Sysco Metro New York raised more than $600 to benefit the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund to help health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are very pleased with the success of this first-time event at the ballpark and its ability to help our community,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “Not only did this provide an opportunity for people to get necessary supplies for their homes and businesses, it raised money for those doing incredible things for all of us at RWJBarnabas Health.”

To adhere to social distancing and safety guidelines, Sysco Metro New York associates wore masks and gloves while they placed the purchased items into the trunks of vehicles when customers arrived at the ballpark.

With the success of the event, the team is already in discussions for future pop-up shopping opportunities at the ballpark with Sysco Metro New York. Open for pickup at Sysco Metro New York in Jersey City: https://shopmetronewyork.sysco.com/. Additional remote locations to be announced on their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

“Sysco Metro New York was happy to put on an event that supported the community, the Patriots’ loyal fan base, and, most importantly, those doing amazing work at RWJBarnabas Health,” said Steve Harris, Vice President of Sales.

Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

About Sysco

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates more than 320 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 650,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2019 that ended June 29, 2019, the company generated sales of more than $60 billion. Information about our CSR program, including Sysco’s 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, can be found at www.sysco.com/csr2019report.

 

About RWJBarnabas Health

The RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response fund helps address the growing needs arising as a result of this unprecedented global health crisis and will be used to support our frontline healthcare workers and our comprehensive emergency care efforts.

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals, three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers (Children’s Specialized Hospital) with its multiple outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a large medical group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization.

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2010-2019 All-Decade Team: DH Josh Pressley

All-Decade Social- Josh PressleyBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that first baseman/designated hitter Josh Pressley has been selected to the 2010-2019 All-Decade Team.

“My years in Somerset were some of the most fulfilling of my career,” said Pressley. “I’ll carry the memories of my teammates, coaches, the front office, and the fans with me for my lifetime. I am honored and blessed to have represented the Patriots.”

Pressley originally joined the Patriots in 2007 after time in the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals organizations.

For his five seasons in Somerset, Pressley is among the team’s all-time career leaders in several offensive categories. He became a fan favorite for his leadership, determination to win, and tremendous clutch hitting and power that made every one of his at bats a must-see event.

While a lot of his production came during the 2007-2009 seasons, including Atlantic League Player of the Year honors in 2008 and back-to-back championships in 2008 and 2009, Pressley was still among the team’s best in his final two years in 2010 and 2011.

In both seasons, he finished with a team high in home runs, reaching 22 in 2010.
The only year he was a Patriot that the team did not make the playoffs was the 2011 season, but he still produced All-Star numbers with a .297 average, 16 home runs, and 75 RBI.

“It is hard to put into words how meaningful Josh Pressley was and still is to the Somerset Patriots organization and to me personally,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “On the field, Josh was a dominant force. He completely dedicated his mind, body and soul to being the best player, leader, and teammate, and took himself and his team to unthinkable peaks. ‘Press’ not only took pride in winning, but he took pride in winning the right way with the right people. He worked hard in the clubhouse to make sure everyone knew what it truly means to be a complete Somerset Patriot. Off the field I see Josh as not only a true friend, but honestly more like a brother. He will be a part of my life forever and I am truly blessed because of that.”

Overall, Pressley was a five-time All-Star, a two-time champion, and just one of four Patriots selected as Player of the Year. 2008 saw one of the best seasons by any Atlantic League player when he won the batting title with a .354 average, set a team home run single season record with 30, and added 173 hits and 101 RBI.

Voting took place online and over 5,000 fans casted their ballots for their favorite players at each position from January 3rd through April 15th. The Somerset Patriots All-Decade Team will be announced over the next few weeks.

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