Hurricane Ida has sadly made quick work with its devastation, which started in the Gulf of Mexico and ended in the Northeast. Louisiana was once again hit hard in another incredibly saddening situation, and now New York area is seeing the worst damage since Hurricane Sandy.
In New Jersey, the New York Yankees‘ Double-A affiliate, the Somerset Patriots, could be without a home stadium for a little while. Luckily, they don’t return to Bridgewater until Sept. 7 because TD Bank Ballpark is … completely under water.
Right now, the Patriots are in Maryland for a series against the Bowie Baysox through the weekend, but it’s unclear if their next series against the Hartford Yard Goats — a six-game set — will be able to take place on their home turf.
The Patriots released a statement on Thursday morning to address the situation, and at this point they’re assessing the damages, which we can expect to be significant.
The Yankees’ Double-A affiliate’s stadium is under water after Hurricane Ida.
In recent weeks, the Patriots hosted Gleyber Torres, Corey Kluber, Michael King, Gio Urshela, Clint Frazier and others for rehab assignments or bullpen sessions/baseball activities.
More concerning, however, is how the Patriots will finish their wildly successful season, which sees them atop the Northeast Division standings in Double-A with a 60-42 record. The only teams better than them are the Twins’ affiliate in Wichita (by just a half-game) and the Indians’ affiliate in Akron (by 3.5 games).
If they can’t play their home games in Bridgewater for the playoffs, that’d really be an awful way to end the 2021 campaign.
What terrible luck for the Yankees, who made the decision this offseason to ditch the Trenton Thunder as their Double-A affiliate for Somerset.
That’s the least of anyone’s worries, though. Baseball is just a game. This will affect the livelihood of stadium workers and the local economy for the time being. The damage has likely already upended the lives of many people in the neighboring areas.
All anyone can hope for is the safety of so many affected by Wednesday night’s storm.