JERSEY SHORE – The BlueClaws are getting used to having multiple names. Some fans may still remember them as the Lakewood BlueClaws. Last year they changed their name to the Jersey Shore BlueClaws.
Now they will also play as Medusas at five games this summer as part of a national Hispanic culture and heritage initiative. The alternate identity involves Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión program.
This year that program will get a fresh look and feel. In honor of the event the team unveiled a new cap and jersey that will be worn during those five games. The Medusas de Jersey Shore program is presented by New Jersey Natural Gas.
The Medusas will play five games this summer, one each month:
- Wednesday, May 5 (the season’s second game) – 7:05 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 8 – 7:05 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 27 – 7:05 p.m.
- Sunday, August 22 – 1:05 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 8 – 7:05 p.m.
The new cap now includes a bright pink brim and button with a white front, deep purple side and back panels. The Medusas emblem, a jellyfish with five tentacles holding a baseball bat and ball, sits on the face of the cap.
The jersey, which was white in 2019, is now purple with gradient down each side scaled from pink to light blue.
Medusas de Jersey Shore is emblazoned across the chest with each player’s number appearing in the front (inside a jellyfish) and on the back. Fans can find the new Medusas hat on the Jersey Shore BlueClaws website.
Team President Joe Ricciutti said, “the Copa de la Diversión program has been a tremendous addition to the Minor League Baseball landscape and the Medusas de Jersey Shore are proud to be a part of this national initiative.”
“Hispanic culture and heritage is interwoven through the history of baseball and a major part of our community here at home. We look forward to celebrating that culture and heritage throughout the summer,” Ricciutti said.
New Jersey Natural Gas Conservation and Clean Energy Director Anne-Marie Peracchio said, “New Jersey Natural Gas and The SAVEGREEN Project are proud to partner with the Medusas de Jersey Shore on this program. We are excited to help celebrate the vibrant Hispanic culture and heritage here at the Jersey Shore and are looking forward to a great season, including opportunities to help our customers understand resources available to help with energy bills.”
“Our teams across the country embraced everything we believed Copa de la Diversión could do and achieve as a platform celebrating and welcoming our diverse fan bases to our ballparks,” Kurt Hunzeker, MLB’s Vice President of Minor League Business Operations.
“From its ownership through its entire front office, Jersey Shore continues to be an inclusivity leader many sports teams are emulating, and I love how the area’s growing Latino community have returned the embrace to the ‘Medusas’ by clearly supporting Copa throughout the season,” Hunzeker added.
While the Medusas de Jersey Shore kickoff game is not May 5, it does include the first ticket holder gift of the year or BlueClaws ticket plan holders. Those with Mini Plan A or Partial Plan A will receive a Medusas de Jersey Shore soccer-style scarf thanks to New Jersey Natural Gas.
BlueClaws Mini and Partial Plans come with Ticket Holder Gifts, with gifts determined by package selection. Plans also include dinner and dessert at each game plus a boardwalk game ticket in the Toyota World of Lakewood Home Run Pavilion.
For BlueClaws ticket packages and additional information visit BlueClaws.com/Tickets or call 732-901-7000 option 3.