Articles from July 2015
Why wait until the fall to celebrate Oktoberfest, when you can do it at MCU Park on Saturday, August 1st for AUG-toberfest. We'll have New York City Polka Sensation the Polka Brothers performing throughout the game, a pre-game BrewFest and a special selection of beers available on the concourse throughout the game.
On Friday, July 31st the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a Smoke & Fire Cap courtesy of GEICO. It is also FDNY Appreciation Night with post-game fireworks. Tickets start at just $10 and are on sale now!
Like Yogi Berra once said, it gets late awfully early around here. The Brooklyn Cyclones are 16-0 when leading after six innings thanks in no small part to a dominant bullpen anchored by closer Alex Palsha. The righthander leads the league with 8 saves and has a 0.00 ERA. Sounds impressive, but he's just getting warmed up...
This season, MiLB and DeVry University have partnered to recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students from the university who demonstrate citizenship, personal and academic leadership, and dedication to their fields of study as the “Student of the Month.” Christopher Casco from the DeVry College of New York campus in Rego Park is one of 25 students nationwide to receive this honor.
On Saturday, August 1st the Cyclones will hold a pre-game BrewFest as part of our Augtoberfest Celebration. For $30, fans will receive a game ticket, and five (5) 5 oz. samples of the craft selections from Six Point Brewery, Bronx Brewery, Flagship Brewing Co. and more! Baseball and beer on the beach...does it get any better?
The Cyclones return to Coney Island on Wednesday, July 29th to take on the Hudson Valley Renegades at 7:00 PM. The first 2,500 fans in attendance receive one of these Juan Lagares Golden BobbleGloves courtesy of NYU Lutheran. It's also a WayBack Wednesday, so that means all tickets are just $10.
With Jewish Heritage Day coming to MCU Park on Sunday, August 2nd, the Cyclones have announced a special ticket package for this very special occasion. For $25 you will receive a game ticket, voucher good for a kosher hot dog and soft drink as well as a Brooklyn Cyclones Kippah. Only 72 packages are available, so order now.
The sun in the sky, an ocean breeze in your face, baseball on the field, and a few extra bucks in your pocket. With the new $19.99 deal, fans can experience our day games in a whole new way. You get a field box ticket, hot dog or chicken fingers, french fries and soft drink for just $19.99. A savings of over $10!
Fun. Laughs. Smiles. Those are three words that are normally associated with a trip to the ballpark to see the Brooklyn Cyclones. But there will be an all-new type of entertainment at MCU Park on Sunday, July 19th when the stars of truTV’s hit show, Impractical Jokers take over MCU Park.
On Sunday, July 19th the Brooklyn Cyclones will host Relay for Life Night at the ballpark as we all join in the fight against cancer. The team will be wearing special jerseys that will be raffled off to benefity the American Cancer Society, plus there will be a pre-game Zumba for Life class, and post-game Luminaria ceremony on the field.
You don't have to go "To the Moon" to celebrate 60 years of the classic show "The Honeymooners" because we'll be doing it right here at MCU Park this weekend. On Saturday, July 18th we'll pay tribute to the classic TV show, which used Brooklyn as the backdrop. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a Bus Driver Sandy bobblehead courtesy of MCU, plus we'll have post-game fireworks.
When PJ Conlon dons his green Brooklyn Cyclones cap before Thursday’s Irish Heritage Night, his unusual path to professional ball will come full circle.
Conlon is not just another player with Irish ancestry – he is the only Cyclones player ever born there.
His mother Susan was born in Scotland, while his father Patrick grew up in Ireland. Their families both moved to California and the two met while in college. They married after graduating and moved back to Northern Ireland, where PJ was born in 1993.
But the homecoming was short-lived. Soon after Conlon’s birth, violence surged in Northern Ireland during an especially violent period in the forty-year ethnic conflict known as The Troubles.
The tension between Catholics and Protestants grew particularly heated near the Conlon home along Falls Road and the family decided to move to California in late 1995.
Brooklyn’s reliever remembers little from his first two years in Belfast, but has made it a point to learn about the area’s history.
“I’ve looked into all The Troubles from that time and the war,” he said. “Some of the things I’ve seen were really awful and so was some of the stuff my dad told me.”
After arriving in southern California, Conlon began playing sports at a young age but never took to soccer – Ireland’s most popular sport and the one his father played at Cal State Fullerton. Instead, he surprised his parents by signing up for T-Ball.
“I was awful. I couldn’t hit the ball off a tee or anything,” he laughs. But the southpaw found his niche the next year when the league let youngsters pitch for the first time.
“I had perfect mechanics. I had better mechanics than I have now. I got on the mound and it was just natural,” he remembered.
Things fell into place from there. Conlon excelled in high school and in travel ball before playing three years at the University of San Diego. After he posted a 2.17 ERA this spring, the Mets drafted Conlon in the 13th round and assigned the 21-year-old to Brooklyn.
Moving across the country just days after the draft might be daunting for some players, but it is far from Conlon’s most interesting journey. He considers his trip back to Belfast at age sixteen one of his most formative experiences.
After reconnecting with family across the Atlantic, Conlon walked through the neighborhood he once called home. “I got to see the house I actually lived in, the hospital I was born in,” he said. “It was crazy.”
Conlon was also struck by the region’s history. He remembers studying murals throughout Belfast and researching the depictions. Some of the paintings left a lasting impression.
“There were these hunger strikers that were put in prison,” he recalled. “They were prisoners of war but they were treated awfully. To protest that they all went on hunger strike one after the other, and there were maybe eight or ten of them. And there were huge murals of these guys – they were all over the place.”
The frequent violence in Northern Ireland has largely subsided since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and Conlon had only positive impressions from his trip.
“I didn’t see or experience anything with tension,” he said. “Nothing that mirrored how bad it used to be.”
After talking with Irish cousins and others his age, Conlon was surprised to discover how many people were familiar with baseball. Certain family members have taken a particular interest.
“My dad’s cousin over there has come over to California a couple times and he’s fallen in love with baseball,” he said. “Now he’s a huge Angels fan. He’s got an Angels tattoo, stays up late to watch all the games. They’ve actually really taken to it.”
Conlon stays in frequent touch with his family in California and in Ireland, where a local newspaper recently published a story on his rise to professional baseball. He hopes to become the first Irish-born player to reach the majors since 1945 and has a large contingent rooting him on from Belfast.
“We’re a very close family so I’m getting texts or calls pretty much every day from someone,” Conlon said.
While interest in Conlon’s story has brought some American flavor to Northern Ireland, Irish culture has had plenty of influence on the lefty. On a recent road trip to Auburn, he joined a few teammates for dinner at an Irish pub attached to the hotel. While other Cyclones pored over the menu, Conlon ordered without hesitation. He got the shepherd’s pie.
“As soon as I saw it on the menu I knew I had to get it,” he said.
Conlon has impressed on the mound this year, tossing five scoreless relief innings to begin his professional career. His path may someday lead to a diamond in Queens or, perhaps, back to Ireland – a place he is eager to visit again.
For now, though, he brings an impressive slider and some history to Brooklyn.
--Stu Johnson for BrooklynCyclones.com
On Thursday, July 16th the first 3,000 fans in attendance will be lucky enough to go home with one of these BKLYN Shamrock jerseys courtesy of Budweiser as we celebrate Irish Night at MCU Park. Plus stick around after the game for a just-added Post-Game Fireworks Extravaganza!
The most triumphant victories come from unexpected contenders. This sentiment is perfectly emulated within the Cyclones reliever right-hander Christian Montgomery, who has kicked off a sizzling start to the summer, and been nearly unhittable out of the Brooklyn bullpen.
You are cordially invited to our 3rd Annual Princess Night at the ballpark. We'll have tiaras, a father / daughter dance, and you can watch the fireworks from the field. This year we've also added something for the boys with Pirate Night as well.
Sun in the sky, an ocean breeze blowing across your face, the smell of pop corn and freshly grilled hot dogs in the air, and baseball on the diamond. Sounds a lot better than sitting at your desk huh? King Henry, M.D. has written a doctor's note to help you call in sick and head to the ballpark on Monday morning!
Edgardo Alfonzo spent parts of 12 seasons as a Major League infielder from 1995-2006, including eight with the New York Mets. Now, he's in his second year as a coach with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Recently he sat down with BrooklynCyclones.com to talk about baseball and his second career as a coach.
Calling all Jedis! Star Wars Night at MCU Park is Saturday night when the Cyclones take on the Aberdeen IronBirds at 6:00 PM. There will be lightsaber lessons for kids, a chance to pose for photos with characters from the film series, courtesy of the 501st and the Mandalorian Mercs, post-game fireworks and much much more.
As part of our Sunday Funday festivities, the New York Cosmos will be hosting a youth soccer clinic on the field at MCU Park starting at 3:30 PM. The clinic is open to boys and girls between the ages of 6-12 and you must have a ticket to Sunday's 5:00 PM game in order to attend.
On Thursday, July 9th the first 3,000 fans in attendence for the 7:00 PM game against the Hudson Valley Renegades will receive one of these Black & Red Jerseys courtesy of Verizon. Gates open at 5:30 PM.
Last season, Brandon Brosher suffered a broken leg in a freak accident while playing for Kingsport that put his career in jeopardy. This season? He's setting Cyclones records and hitting home runs so far that beach-goers should be on the lookout. How'd that happen? Let him tell you...
On Saturday, July 11th, the Cyclones will hold Star Wars Night at MCU Park, but the fun doesn't have to end after nine innings. With this package you get access to a post-game sleepover on the field, a chance to meet characters from the films before the game and other special perks.
Bring your pooch to the park on Sunday, August 2nd for a special 1:00 PM game at MCU Park. Tickets for Bark in the Park are just $10 per person, and include space for one dog. They can be purchased by calling Nicole at 718-382-2604.
Baseball and fireworks...there's no better way to celebrate America's birthday than at the ballpark! The Cyclones take on the Williamsport Crosscutters on Saturday, July 4th at 6:00 PM with a special post-game fireworks extravaganza as we celebrate Independence Day. Tickets start at just $10 and are on sale now!
Country Music Night
Lil' Jerry Bobble Beak
Seinfeld Night 2:
Bigger, Better & Bania
Kids Run the Bases
Jersey Off the Back Raffle
****Van Buren Boys
Sunday Tee Offer ****
|| Everyone Runs the Bases
Last season, the Brooklyn Cyclones celebrated “25 Years of Nothing” with their Salute to Seinfeld Night. The promotion garnered international attention, drew fans from 26 states, five countries and sold out in a matter of moments. But you know what? We were just getting started!
Since being selected by the New York Mets in the 14th round of the MLB Draft, Vinny Siena has done only one thing...hit the ball. The Cyclones second baseman is off to a scorching hot start, batting .400 through the first two weeks of the season. Luck? No chance. Vinny was born for this.