Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots are quite familiar with a New York pitching great roaming the confines of TD Bank Ballpark. For the past 14 years, 1977 Cy Young Award winner Sparky Lyle has been at the helm of the team and is closing in on his 1,000th win.
On Monday, June 18th, the Patriots welcomed another New York great with the filming of YES Network’s Emmy Award-Winning show “Yankees On Deck.”
Former Met and Yankee hurler Al Leiter, the host of the youth-centered show, filmed throughout the day at the ballpark. Leiter shot wraparounds used to introduce the different segments for the show’s seventh through eleventh episodes this season.
“The ballpark is very nice. It has great sightlines, a lot of room at the seats, and every seat is close to the action. With an average ticket price around $10, it’s a great place to enjoy a game,” Leiter said.
Leiter was filmed by the Wall Of Fame down the left field line, in section 110 near the third base dugout, on the field, and in the visiting dugout.
He became a member of the Mets in 1998 and won a career high 17 games in 1999. Leiter ranks among the franchise’s all-time pitching leaders for his seven seasons with the team through 2004.
He returned to the Marlins and the Yankees to finish his playing days. Leiter then moved into his broadcasting career with YES and the MLB Network.
“Yankees On Deck” usually films at Yankees Stadium, but decided to use TD Bank Ballpark for the shoot.
“We chose TD Bank Ballpark because we knew it was a beautiful facility with a very welcoming atmosphere,” said the show’s producer Lisa Molinari. “If we didn’t film at Yankees Stadium, you couldn’t ask for a better place than the Patriots’ home.”