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Photos from Friday’s Brooklyn Cyclones game

Brooklyn Cyclones outfielder Brandon Nimmo bats
Brooklyn Cyclones outfielder Brandon Nimmo bats

I never got around to posting any photos from Friday’s Brooklyn Cyclones game. (The Cyclones lost to the Staten Island Yankees 4-2)

It rained all day, and I didn’t really expect they’d be able to get it in. But since I was going for the cool Dillon Gee bobblehead giveaway as much as the game (and since I’d already requested the afternoon off from work), I took the train into New York and the subway out to Coney Island anyway.

By the time I got there, the rain had tapered off into an annoying drizzle. The gates opened on time (perhaps even a few minutes early) and it had all but stopped by then. The tarp was still on the field, but several players from both teams were out there doing their pre-game workouts. The staff soon dragged it off into the outfield and began the process of folding it, but left it there until just before gametime. (They even briefly re-covered the field, but no additional rain came.)

Several Staten Island Yankees players buy dinner at the concession stand
Several Staten Island Yankees players buy dinner at the concession stand

As I wandered around the ballpark, I was greeted by an unusual sight: several Staten Island Yankees players, in full or partial uniform, were up at the third base concessions stand buying dinner. Even at the independent league level, I don’t remember ever seeing that before.

It was FDNY Night, so the Cyclones were wearing special jerseys that were raffled off after the game. It’s cool that they have so many “jersey” promotions, but I have to admit that I don’t have a good idea about what their “regular” jersey looks like.

Luis Mateo started the game for Brooklyn and gave up four runs on five hits and three walks over six innings pitched. Staten Island first baseman Matt Snyder was their star of the game, with two hits (including a double), two RBI and a run scored. Jamiel Orozco added a home run for the baby Yankees.

On the Cyclones side of the ledger, it wasn’t a very productive night. The team left 10 men on base and was 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Brandon Nimmo, last year’s first-round draft pick and one of the few names in the lineup that I recognized, went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. Brooklyn’s star of the game was really reliever Beck Wheeler, who struck out four of the six batters he faced over two innings.

There were postgame fireworks, but I didn’t stick around to watch them since the game didn’t finish until almost 10 p.m.

The official attendance count was 8,177, and I think most of the people who bought tickets made it for at least part of the game. As you might expect due to the weather, the crowd was a late-arriving one. My section didn’t really start to fill in until almost 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., an awful lot of the late arrivals decided they’d had enough baseball and called it a night. I couldn’t quite figure that one out.

Here are some photos from the game:

4 thoughts on “Photos from Friday’s Brooklyn Cyclones game

  1. Way back in the 80’s, I saw a visiting player in the concessions line at a Reading Phillies game, and as a newbie to minor league baseball I thought “HOW COOL IS THAT????”

    …Naturally, I’ve not seen it since. It’s good to see it still happens sometimes.


    1. Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese show – that people can work together – the Staten Island Yankees show people can work together. “Pee Wee and my dad were friends and they worked well together as teammates for many years.” by Sharon Robinson in the book “Promises To Keep”


  2. Twice. Sort of. Once, I saw a few of the Kinston Indians at the concession stand about an hour or so before game time. That was many years ago (80s sounds about right). But the other occasion was a bit different. And major league. There was a corporate picnic event at Shea and my friend had a spare ticket he let me have. 1990 or 91, if memory serves (possibly 89). The picnic was before the game and part of the event (included in the package the company was paying for, as I recall) was that several of the Mets would come by and say hello and, maybe, sign an autograph or two (I seem to recall they weren’t big on doing the autographs). At this late date, I couldn’t even tell you which Mets came around–a few coaches, some relief pitchers, one player who was on the DL I think, and I think McReynolds was the one starter who came by. What I do remember, clear as day, was that Mackey Sasser immediately sat down and started chowing out. And that dude could eat! He went through two full plates in about 10 minutes and then somebody came by to tell him he had to go. He shoved one last spoonful of potato salad in his mouth, stuffed a chicken leg in his back pocket, grabbed a hot dog with his left hand and a Pepsi with his right and slowly jogged off.


  3. Player access in the minors is one of its greatest charms. In Reading, PA, the Eastern League Phillies’ stadium, the visiting clubhouse is at the LF side and at the end of the public concourse under the stands.

    The visiting players (the B-Mets, the date I went in July 2001) would have to walk about 30 feet through the public concourse, out to the open and through the fence to short leftfield to stretch. Players were (and I presume, still are) accessible to the fans here; as are the concessions to the players on the concourse. I briefly met and conversed with B-Mets RHP Jae Weong Seo and then-pitching coach Bob Stanley there.


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