Spencer Jones of the Somerset Patriots bats in his Double-A debut at TD Bank Ballpark, Sunday August 27, 2023. Photo Somerset Patriots.

In 2021 it was Estevan Florial. Last year it was Anthony Volpe. This year it was Jasson Dominguez. Now, as the postseason beckons, and Dominguez has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton, a new top Yankees prospect has made his way to Double-A Somerset: Spencer Jones.

Jones debuted with the Somerset Patriots on Sunday afternoon, recording a multi-hit game, and scoring a run in his first game at Double-A.

The promotion follows a successful stint with High-A Hudson Valley, where Jones hit .268 with 62 runs scored, 110 hits, 28 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 56 RBI, and 35 stolen bases.

Earlier this summer, he also represented the Yankees at the 2023 Future’s Game in Seattle.

Jones is another great, young player whose time to shine in Somerset is finally upon us.


Meanwhile, the Patriots continued their domination of the Hartford Yard Goats at TD Bank Ballpark. Somerset rallied back from a 6-4 deficit to stun Hartford 7-6; it was the third time this week that the Patriots won a game in the late stages.

Eduardo Torrealba played the role of the hero, lining a single down towards third that scored Grant Richardson, tying the game at six. Moments later, the Patriots took the lead on a throwing error by pitcher Juan Mejia, scoring Mickey Gasper to put Somerset in front.

For their part, Richardson and Ben Rice both went deep in the contest. For Rice, it was his 12th home run in Double-A. The man remains one of the hottest hitters in the Double-A Eastern League.

The Patriots are off on Monday, but return to action, on the road when they square off with the Portland Sea Dogs, a team that Somerset could wind up facing next month in the divisional round of the Eastern League playoffs. Stay tuned of course. Somerset returns for its final home stand of the 2023 regular season in two weeks when they entertain the Erie Seawolves.

7 Hilarious Football Fan Superstitions Shared by Redditors

Football fans are gearing up for the upcoming NFL season. Some fans are so passionate that their enthusiasm borders on religious fervor. And yes, they pray for their team.  Beyond their prayers, they also have some superstitions. You know the types: they go barechested in zero degree weather and paint themselves in their favorite team’s colors. Their mood for the week depends on if their team won or lost. There are fans and then there devout believers.  Those are the ones who get a bit too superstitious.

Football fans superstitions

You know that person who stays in the same spot throughout an entire game, and when their team gives up possession they change positions? That’s who we’re talking about. So, when things are going well, they’re practically immobile. They won’t step away for food or even use the bathroom. Why? Because they can’t risk “messing up the flow.” On the other hand, if things are not going as planned, they might wander around the living room persistently in search of a lucky seat where good things could potentially happen. Of course, for some fans, their ritualistic and superstitious behaviors might just be traditions, regardless of whether their team comes out on top or experiences a loss.

From wearing a specific jersey to eating a particular snack, these rituals are believed to bring luck and influence the game. For instance, some fans might have a lucky pre-game routine, like wearing mismatched socks or doing a little victory dance before kickoff. Even food choices play a role, with some fans only eating certain foods while watching the game, like nachos or chicken wings, believing that deviating from this menu might lead to bad luck. It’s these quirky and often amusing superstitions that add an extra layer of excitement to the football fan experience.

Take a look at a few of these superstition-filled traditions that football fans have been sharing on Reddit.

  • Jersey Power

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    For some fans, the belief in “jersey power” is real, relying on their chosen jersey to bring their team to victory. A Reddit user revealed, “I change jerseys every game. Never wear the same one twice in a row.” They mentioned that during one season, the Jaguars secured a 3-1 record when following this practice, but experienced a 0-12 record when they didn’t.

  • Fiery Ritual

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    Some fans unquestionably take their rituals to the extreme. During Vince Young’s playing days, a Redditor mentioned that they used to perform a rather unconventional practice of burning a photo of the player. They would attach a picture of his face to a Barbie doll and place it on the grill as part of their ritual.

  • Sound of Silence

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    This particular approach might come across as a bit harsh, yet it seems to show results for this person. Apparently, ignoring their wife and kid during the game is their strategy. “I know it’s weird and the results haven’t been great, but I’m not going to risk it,” they wrote. Priorities, dude!

  • Quantum Football Mechanics

    Some say that dissecting your superstitions like a science can work wonders. A Reddit user shared their approach, saying that if, for some reason, they tune into the game late and the Ravens are in the lead, they turn the game off. “Watching will only swing the game in the opposite direction. It’s like the Heisenberg Principle of quantum football mechanics. Intense observation will only change the outcome,” they humorously explained. That’s dedication!

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  • Designated Sweet Spot

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    Having a lucky seat or a designated sweet spot to park yourself during every football game is a ritual many fans swear by. According to one person, during game days, they make a point to occupy the exact same barstool. They mentioned, “Everyone has assigned seats at the bar.”

  • Goodbye Hygiene

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    Some hardcore football fans throw hygiene to the wind. A Reddit user opened up about their peculiar belief. If they don’t shower right before the game, they’re convinced the Eagles will end up on the losing side. They added, “Sometimes if we had a crappy first half, I’ll take another shower, for a fresh start.”

  • Habitual Counting

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    Luck can take some interesting forms, like the practice of counting things a specific number of times. A person mentioned that on game days, they apply three strokes of deodorant per armpit in support of Russell Wilson. Some people are all about the idea that stuff tends to go down in threes.

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