The Somerset Patriots are an American professional baseball team based in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey. They are a member of the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 1999 season to the present, the Patriots have played their home games at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Patriots are the winningest franchise of the Atlantic League, capturing five Championship Series titles in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, and most recently, 2009.
First Official Flag of the
United States Was Unfurled
The “Patriots” name refers to the Middlebrook encampment where the first official flag of the United States was unfurled, after a law to adopt a national flag had been passed by Congress on June 14, 1777. By special order of Congress, a thirteen star flag is flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Camp Ground, part of the former Middlebrook encampment, in Bridgewater Township.
History Somerset Patriots
Somerset Patriots were one of the founding members of the Atlantic League in 1998. However, the team spent its inaugural season as a road team while TD Bank Park was being constructed. In the 1999 season, the Patriots opened their ballpark, where they quickly became one of the most successful franchises of the league in both of the win and attendance columns.
Logos and uniforms
The Somerset Patriots official colors are navy blue, maroon, and silver. The primary logo depicts a Continental soldier in navy blue with white stars on his shoulder and maroon stripes flowing to his left, a reference to the U.S. flag. Centered below the soldier is the wordmark in navy blue underlined by a silver baseball bat outlined in navy blue. The word “Somerset” is centered above the wordmark in maroon.
One of the Somerset Patriots’ official mascots is an anthropomorphic dog named Sparkee. He wears the team’s home uniform with white sneakers. The mascot debuted on July 11, 1998 at the Atlantic League’s first All-Star Game at Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sparkee’s name refers to the Patriots first manager, Sparky Lyle. The team also employs another character of unknown species (although many speculate it to be either Felidae-cat or Ursidae-bear) named Slider. After training with Sparkee for several months, he debuted in the 2007 season. Slider wears the Patriots’ navy blue alternate jersey with gray pants. A mascot named “TD” (after the stadium’s sponsor) debuted in the June 30th, 2010 game against the Camden Riversharks. Also the team has a live mascot known as ‘General Admission’ who wears the traditional uniform donned by those fighting for the colonies during the American Revolution complete with the three cornered hat and musket.
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