05/18/2019 9:24 AM -
Bridgewater, NJ – It was the Catch Seen Around The World! Somerset Patriots Broadcaster Marc Schwartz’s catch of a foul ball hit into his booth captured on film by Patriots beat writer Mike Ashmore of Gannett NJ has since gone viral with millions of views around the world.
Upon catching the ball, Schwartz never broke stride, saying “Boy am I impressive. I am very proud of myself.”
The video has appeared on multiple MLB broadcasts, ESPN, CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC, Sports Illustrated, local network affiliates, and even Jimmy Kimmel Live where the comedian introduced the clip by saying, “What I believe will go down as one of the great moments in sports broadcasting history!”
These "Impressive" T-Shirts are $30 with $5 of every shirt going to the Somerset Patriots Children’s Foundation. From there, the team will take the money raised and make donations specific to health, military, and education programs in the Central New Jersey area. The charitable work of the team’s foundation has raised over $5.5 million since the team began play in the Atlantic League in 1998.
“It was important to our organization that all the attention that the video has provided should do some good, not just for the team, but for our community,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “We had discussed the shirts being done initially in jest, but then, like the video, it took on a life of its own. We think that the excitement surrounding this fun and entertaining clip expertly done by Marc Schwartz and Mike Ashmore can do a lot for non-profits we work with and support all year long.”