The Augusta GreenJackets are a minor league baseball team that plays in Augusta, Georgia, as a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Lake Olmstead Stadium has been the home of the GreenJackets since the 1995 season, although Augusta has fielded a team in the South Atlantic League since 1988. The team is named in honor of The Masters golf tournament held in Augusta, where the winner receives a green jacket.
Before the Giants took over the club’s affiliation after the 2004 season, the GreenJackets were a part of the Boston Red Sox organization. Prior to that the Red Sox replaced the Pittsburgh Pirates in Augusta.
The GreenJackets boast third baseman Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia as the only prospects to make the Red Sox roster, although knuckle baller Tim Wakefield pitched there in 1989 with the Pirates organization. The Red Sox’ relationship with Augusta met with immediate success when the GreenJackets won the South Atlantic League championship in their first year as an affiliate team.