04/13/2019 2:35 PM -
Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots officially kicked off the 2019 pre-season with the team’s annual Fan Fest on Saturday, April 13th.
Thousands converged at TD Bank Ballpark to enjoy the various festivities throughout the free event designed to get fans excited for the start of the upcoming season, beginning on Friday, April 26th at home.
“Fan Fest is just one of those special days where you get to celebrate the new season and catch up with old friends,” said Somerset Patriots Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle. “It’s always an amazing thing to see how excited the fans are to come out and show their love and support for our team. We can’t wait to get this thing started.”
Lyle once again headlined the autograph session that featured the most players and coaches in Fan Fest history. Fans were able to take pictures and get signatures from manager Brett Jodie and his coaching staff comprised of Jon Hunton, Glen Barker, and Fox Beyer. 13 players then followed in two shifts that included returning players Alfredo Rodriguez, Mike Fransoso, Scott Kelly, Yovan Gonzalez, Vince Molesky, Mike Antonini, Nate Roe, Justin Pacchioli, Zech Zinicola, and David Kubiak. Fans had their first chance to meet new roster members James Pugliese, Steve Nyisztor, and Will Kengor.
The perfect weather provided a beautiful setting for a 19th Century style Base Ball game on the field between the Flemington Neshanock and the Elizabeth Resolutes.
Dozens of Somerset Patriots partners set up throughout the property to interact with fans, offer opportunities to win prizes, take home giveaways, benefit from special offers, sample products, and learn about the different participating businesses and organizations.
Young fans and kids at heart were entertained by Patriots Mascot Sparkee and his pal Slider. Melzo The Clown worked her magic and provided face painting for children all event long.
At the conclusion of the vintage baseball game, all the kids in attendance were able to run the bases.
“We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day at the ballpark,” said Somerset Patriots President/ General Manager Patrick McVerry. “This event signals that it’s time to gear up for the season and let our fans know we are almost there. Thank you to the best fans and partners in all of baseball for making today so special.”
The 2019 Season presented by Ford begins with Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday, April 26th versus the New Britain Bees. The game features a Post Game Fireworks Show and Schedule Magnets presented by Somerset Health Care Foundation. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.