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Somerset Patriots honor Randolph, post 1st victory of 2012

Willie Randolph throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Somerset Patriots game on April 28th, 2012 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Corey Mansfield of the ATL Baseball Blog invited me to go see the Long Island Ducks take on the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday. With the New York Mets and Trenton Thunder both on the road this weekend, it seemed like a good opportunity to watch some baseball. I also  saw Freddy at the game – it was nice to get to talk to both of you .

Unfortunately, the game wasn’t that much fun. It started off well enough. Former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph accepted an award for community service and threw out a ceremonial first pitch before the game started. And for the first four and a half innings, we got to see a competitive game.

But on a cool, windy night, watching the Patriots put up a seven-run fifth inning was a signal to head for the exits if you weren’t concerned with sticking around for the post-game fireworks show. The final score was 14-3, with the Patriots picking up their first victory of the 2012 season.

3 thoughts on “Somerset Patriots honor Randolph, post 1st victory of 2012

    1. He signed for a few people who were waiting by the Patriots’ dugout as he came onto the field for the award presentation, and for the little league kids who also threw out first pitches after that was done.


  1. Good to see you too yesterday Paul. 3 trains back to Queens – took almost 2 hours; however, still cheaper for me than gas and tolls.

    I was able to get Randolph myself. I didn’t see Sparky signing for anyone. The locals mentioned he usually signs on Sundays.

    Overall a good inexpensive evening- good park. Concessions were cheaper than anything in NY, but not by much. I miss the Bears being in the Atlantic League- their park is the most convenient one for me to get to outside of NYC.

    I’ll let you know when I go out to Long Island. Gas prices will dictate the frequency of my trips to parks in PA


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