Articles from June 2014
On Tuesday, July 1st, the Brooklyn Cyclones will have a one-day-only sale on tickets for a number of games during the month of July, where field box tickets will be Buy One-Get One Free.
First it was the Del Boca Brooklyn Rooftop. That sold out in six minutes. Next came the "Double Dip Your Chip" Suite Offer and that was gone faster than a speeding bullet (We had to make a Superman reference, this is a night about Seinfeld after all.) But we're not done yet. We have 100 tickets left in the main seating bowl that will go on sale Wednesday, June 18th at 10 AM as part of our "Free Soup for You" ticket offer.
The Cyclones will take on the Staten Island Yankees on Sunday, June 29th for our first Family Sunday of the season. Show up early for a photo op with Cyclones mascots Pee Wee and Sandy and then stick around after the game for Kids Run the Bases. It's a fun filled day from start to finish!
Join the Brooklyn Cyclones on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 for the 10th Annual Take Your Base Run/Walk on the famous Reigelmann Boardwalk in Coney Island. This year's event will raise money for the YMCA Scholarship Program.
Head to MCU Park on Friday, June 27th when the Cyclones take on their cross-bridge rival Staten Island Yankees at 7:00 PM. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive one of these All-Star Game Visors courtesy of Pepsi. But that's not all, stick around after the game for our first Friday Night Fireworks show of the year and start your summer with a BANG!
It has been three years since Jhoan Ureña's has seen him play, but Wednesday night was a special one for the two as they reunited in Brooklyn as Jhoan and the Cyclones took on Aberdeen.
Jersday Thursdays are always some of our most popular nights of the season and this year will be no different. On Thursday, June 26th, the first 3,000 fans in attendance at our 7:00 PM game against the Aberdeen IronBirds will receive a Cyclones Soccer Jersey as we celebrate all things soccer in honor of the World Cup.
Come on down to MCU Park on Wednesday, June 25th for the Price is Right Night. ALL TICKETS - from the first row to the last row - will be just $10. But that's not all, we'll have Plinco, we'll have a "Showcase Showdown," we'll have an entire night dedicated to one of the most successful game shows in television history. Plus, the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive the first of our All-Star Cup Series giveaways.
Outfielder Michael Bernal has been a shining star for the Brooklyn Cyclones so far this season. With great performances like his 4-for-5, 3 RBI game against Aberdeen on Friday night, he has been named the National Honey Board Player of the Week.
Broadway musicals, $10 tickets, Jersday Thursday, Fireworks, Visor Giveaway and Kids Run the bases...sounds like a full week. The Cyclones return home to MCU Park on Monday to open a stretch of five home games this week. Here's a closer look at that's in store.
They say the neon lights are bright...in Brooklyn? Well at least for one night they will be. When the Cyclones take on the Hudson Valley Renegades on Monday, June 23rd, MCU Park will be transformed into the Great White Way with performances from some of the best and brightest from around the area.
On June 16th, the baseball world lost both a great player and a great man in Tony Gwynn. His untimely death sent a shockwave through all of baseball and particularly hit home with Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa who had the fortune of working with Gwynn in the Padres organization.
The Cyclones will kick off their second series of the season on Tuesday, June 17th against the Hudson Valley Renegades. Stick around after the game for fireworks plus EVERYONE gets to run the bases. But that's not all, everyone's favorite beagle - Snoopy - will be on hand courtesy of MetLife.
Honus Wagner, Shoeless Joe, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey, Jr and now, you? This season, the Brooklyn Cyclones are allowing fans to upload their own baseball card, share it via social media and in the end, one fan will have their own baseball card included in the 2014 Brooklyn Cyclones Team Set.
Municipal Credit Union and the Brooklyn Cyclones will offer three Youth Baseball and Softball Clinics, free of charge, for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14. Children will receive instruction on the field at MCU Park from former big league star and MCU spokesperson John Franco.
You never know what you'll see when you come to MCU Park, but on Monday's during the 2014 season that will truly be the case thanks to the all-new Magical Mondays. At every Monday Cyclones home game, our friends from Magic at Coney will be performing throughout the ballpark before and during the games.
PREVOST PLAYS WITH A HEAVY HEART THIS FATHER'S DAY
This Sunday, the Cyclones will be “on the road,” taking on the Staten Island Yankees in a doubleheader following Friday’s rainout. Also on Sunday, families across the country will be celebrating Father’s Day. But for one Cyclone, this one will be different than the many others he has experienced.
Just last week, Josh Prevost had one of his dreams come true, being drafted in the MLB Draft. Unfortunately, he could not have his biggest fan at his side while watching his goal of becoming a professional baseball player become a reality.
In January, Josh’s father, Bill Prevost passed away. Despite his early passing, Bill did not go out without a fight, he fought stage 4 colon cancer for three years.
“He was the greatest,” said Prevost. “He taught me how to play golf, soccer, baseball, football, basketball, tennis, everything. He was awesome, a great role model.”
A native of Belle Mead, NJ, Prevost stayed in his home state and played college baseball for Seton Hall University. In 2013 during his junior season, his father would go watch his son as many times as he could, afterwards always giving words of encouragement, no matter the outcome. Prior to his death, Bill Prevost said on several occasions that his son was going to have a big senior year…boy was he right.
When the season got underway in the spring, Josh did exactly what his father predicted. Prevost finished the season as the Big East’s most dominant pitcher, leading the conference in wins, ERA, opponent batting average, innings pitched, strikeouts, complete games, and shutouts. In fact, one of his complete games and shutouts came at his new home, MCU Park, when his Pirates took on St. John’s University in the Big East Tournament last month.
During his senior campaign, Josh used some his father’s positivity to get him through any rough patches. On the inside of his cap, Prevost wrote “DAD.”
“It just helped me calm down whenever I was in a tough situation, I would look up, take a deep breath and it’d remind me that things could always be worse,” said Prevost. “Having bases loaded with no outs is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things so it was great.”
Shortly after his final season, the Mets, his father’s favorite team, selected Josh in the 5th round of this years MLB draft.
“He’d be proud wherever I went, but he’d be even happier that I’m with the Mets, especially in New York City right now, and being local, it’s a dream come true.”
With his hometown just an hour away from Coney Island, Josh anticipates to see of his family throughout the season cheering him on at the ballpark.
“It’s like playing in my backyard,” said Josh. “I’ve been playing in the northeast my whole life. It’s great having them really close, having a good support group, if things get tough, being so close to them and seeing them every once in a while would be great.”
While the Cyclones have two games on Sunday afternoon, Josh plans on briefly seeing his brothers and being together to honor their father.
“My two older brothers are gonna come up, it’ll be nice to see them,” said Prevost. “We’ll just hang out, have a nice talk and that’s all I really want.”
Although Josh is now playing professional baseball, he is not done working hard. He will continue to keep his father in his thoughts and use him as inspiration as Josh continues his career.
“I hope he’s proud and I’m gonna do everything I can to keep making him proud,” said Prevost.
--By Chris Dela Rosa
You want bobbleheads? We got 'em. You want jerseys? We got 'em. On Monday, June 16th the Cyclones will take on the rival Staten Island Yankees and the first 2,500 fans in attendance will get a choice of some of our favorite giveaways from the last few seasons.
Casey Meisner will take the mound as the starting pitcher for the home opener against the Staten Island Yankees on Saturday night. The Mets drafted Meisner out of high school in the third round of the MLB Draft and he's raring to show Cyclones fans that the sky is the limit for this righthander.
With the Cyclones Home Opener set for Saturday, June 14th against the Staten Island Yankees, here's a look at everything you want to know about the start of the 2014 season.
When the Brooklyn Cyclones storm Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Friday for the first game of the 2014 season against the Staten Island Yankees, Octavio Acosta will be leading the Cyclones as he takes the mound.
Another season of Brooklyn Cyclones baseball is upon us, and on June 10th, players arrived at MCU Park and caught a glimpse of their new home for the summer. Here's a preliminary look at who will be wearing a Cyclones uniform in 2014.
The Cyclones will kick off their 2014 campaign against the rival Staten Island Yankees on Saturday, June 14th. Tickets are going quickly, but there are still a limited number of Field Box Seats that just became available.
2014 Family Guide to the Brooklyn Cyclones
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Get the family out of the house and down to the ballpark for a night of fun. Since the gates first opened in 2001, Brooklyn Cyclones games at MCU Park have always been fun events for the whole family to enjoy. 2014 will be no different as there are plenty of ways for families to enjoy the Cyclones experience at the ballpark.
The fun begins right away on Saturday, June 14th as the Cyclones start their season with a game against their rivals, the Staten Island Yankees. Following the game, to kick off fireworks week, there will be a post-game fireworks show. There will be post-game fireworks show on Monday, June 16th, and Tuesday June 17th as well.
The Cyclones and Yankees face off once again on Sunday, June 29th, which also happens to be the first Sunday Funday of the season. Every Sunday fans can take part in exciting experiences like running the bases, taking photos with players and mascots, and pre-game catches on the field.
For fans that want to get more bang for their buck, they can purchase a Sunday Family Plan. Starting at just $20 per person, fans can purchase a plan that comes with a ticket, hot dog, soft drink, bag of chips, and a limited edition t-shirt.
If parents want to enhance the Brooklyn Cyclones experience for their children, they can sign them up for the Cyclones Kids Club, the Tykeclones. For $20, young Cyclones fans become all-star members, receiving exclusive benefits like a ticket to every Sunday game, Tykeclones photo with the Cyclones, exclusive Sunday autograph sessions press conference takeover, early access to post-game kids run the bases, and plenty more. Sign up is as easy as logging onto brooklyncyclones.com.
On Sunday, July 20th, the Cyclones will be calling all superheroes to the ballpark as they host Superhero Costume Day. Fans will be encouraged to dress as their favorite superheroes and show off their superpowers. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will also receive a free Superhero Lunch Box.
When Brooklyn takes on the Vermont Lake Monsters on Saturday, July 26th, MCU Park will host a special guest to help celebrate WNET Family Day at the ballpark. Curious George will be making an appearance and will be available to interact with fans. It will also be Halloween In July at the ballpark as part of the Cyclones’ Holiday Week Celebration; fans will be encouraged to bust out their costume a few months early and take in the Halloween festivities.
August 2nd is Star Wars night at the ballpark and those in attendance will feel the force that is Brooklyn baseball, as the Cyclones host the Connecticut Tigers. The first 2,500 fans will receive a Padawan Pee Wee Bobblehead and all fans in attendance will be able to enjoy a post-game fireworks show.
The special guests will continue to roll into to MCU Park on August 4th for the Cyclones’ final game against the Tigers. The Muppets will be in attendance and all around the ballpark on this special Monday night.
Returning to MCU Park on Saturday, August 23rd is princess night as the Cyclones wrap up the regular season. This is a time when everyone in the Cyclones organization, celebrates all of the princesses in our lives. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will also receive an Educator Sandy Bobblehead.
Nothing says summertime like fireworks, and throw in some baseball and you have a night that EVERYONE can enjoy. The Cyclones will start the 2014 season with three-straight fireworks shows on Opening Day, Saturday, June 14th followed by Monday, June 16th vs. Staten Island and Tuesday, June 17th vs. Hudson Valley.
On a day in our nation’s history that is forever connected to the sacrifices made by the members of our armed forces, the Cyclones have announced that they will partner with Rolling Thunder - NYC Chapters to have a Chair of Honor at MCU Park. The chair, which will be painted black and feature the POW / MIA emblem, will remain unoccupied in perpetuity in honor of the more than 80,000 American soldiers who have gone missing in action.
2014 Draft Preview – New York Mets
It’s that time of year again, when Major League Baseball participates in the First Year Player Draft. This year’s draft will take place Thursday, June 5th through Saturday, June 7th. Starting Thursday at 7 PM ET, teams with first round picks will have the chance to choose amongst top talent. For the third straight year, the Houston Astros will have the number 1 overall pick, with the Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox following.
The top five prospects in this year's draft, according to numerous draft experts, include:
Brady Aiken- Cathedral Catholic High (San Diego)
Carlos Rodon-North Carolina State
Tyler Kolek- Shepherd High (Texas)
Alex Jackson- Rancho Bernardo High (San Diego)
Nick Gordan- Olympia High (Orlando)
This year, the Mets will have the number 10 overall pick. A number of prognosticators have said the Amazins are looking to draft a collegiate player with more experience, after signing high school athletes in the first round the past three years. Some of the options the New York Mets are considering this year include:
Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State University
The general consensus among baseball experts is that the Mets will be looking to add another bat with their 10th overall pick. Many believe Oregon State’s Michael Conforto will be the man whose name is called on Thursday night when the Mets make their selection.
The junior from Woodinville, Wash. will forego his senior year with the Beavers to play professional baseball. This season, Conforto’s squad had an impressive year, going 45-14 but failed to advance past the regionals round of the College World Series after losing two games to UC Irvine.
Playing in all 59 of the Beavers’ games during the 2014 campaign, Conforto lead his team across the board with his play at the plate. Standing tall at 6-foot-2, the outfielder more known for his ability with a bat ranked second on his team with a .345 batting average, while leading his team in runs, hits, runs batted in, home runs, slugging percentage, walks, and on-base percentage. His patient approach at the plate not only allowed him to rack up 70 hits, but was also able to reach first on 55 walks, a 15-walk margin between him and the next best person on the team.
Bradley Zimmer,OF, University of San Francisco-
Another prospect that could become part of the New York Mets organization is Brandley Zimmer, an outfielder who hails from La Jolla, Calif. and played college baseball for the University of San Francisco.
Standing tall at 6-foot-5 Zimmer is a player with great athleticism and speed, which make him standout amongst other prospects. During the Dons’ 2014 season, Zimmer did not shy away from high expectations; similar to Conforto he led his team in a myriad of categories. With 21 stolen bases Zimmer found himself in the top 50 in steals, and with a .573 slugging percentage he landed in the top 60 in slugging, making him the player in the nation with this impressive combination.
Sean Newcomb, LHP, University of Hartford-
Many look at southpaw Sean Newcomb as a top-10 pick during this years draft. Coming out of the University of Hartford he possesses a great fastball that can reach the low to mid-90s.
In 14 appearances during the 2014 season, Newcomb finished with an 8-2 record and a 1.25 ERA. Striking out 106 of 315 batters and only relinquishing 51 hits, opponents batted a measly .162 average against Newcomb.
Newcomb has a great arm that many teams are looking at, and if he falls to the Mets at No. 10, he could find himself in the Mets organization.