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Rained out again

Citi Field during a rain delay earlier this year (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Citi Field during a rain delay earlier this year (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Two nights in a row with no Mets baseball, as the Mets are rained out for the sixth time already in 2013.

On the bright side, I get to go see Matt Harvey tomorrow (weather permitting, that is.)

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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:

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Bears rained out; doubleheader Saturday

Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Opening Night (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

I had hoped to start Memorial Day weekend off by watching the Newark Bears play the Quebec Capitales tonight.

Unfortunately, I arrived at the stadium to find the gates locked and the ticket windows closed. The game was postponed due to field conditions. (I can only guess that the field was left uncovered yesterday.)

So if you’re free on Saturday afternoon & evening, you can catch a Newark Bears doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.

I won’t be able to make it to a Bears game until next Friday, when Newark hosts the St. Paul Saints.

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Rain, rain go away

I hoped to make it to my first Mets game since June last night. Just like last time, it rained. Unlike last time, the game never got started.

Maybe getting a couple of days off will re-energize the Mets. I’ll be back at Citi Field on Friday as they try to snap their losing streak against the Braves. Who knows? Maybe the Mets can sweep Atlanta to make things a little more interesting.

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In the mailbox – waterlogged edition

The rain that messed up last night’s World Series game in Philadelphia got to me around midnight, and managed to make today a pretty miserable day.

Due to some sort of blockage of the storm sewers near my street, my basement flooded today. At the high point, it looked like somewhere between four and six inches of water – not a pleasant sight. The storm sewer has since been unblocked, and the worst of the water has been pumped out. It’s going to take a while to clean up all the mess.

In comparison, the couple of ink spots on the border of the John Pacella card that came in today’s mail really aren’t a big deal at all.

Pro Tip: use ballpoint pens when addressing envelopes, SASEs or writing letters. Unlike fancy gel or felt-tip pens, ballpoint ink doesn’t run when a drop of water lands on it.