TO BAD THE REST OF THE WORLD CAN’T BE LIKE BROOKLYN

I have spent more time at MCU Park this summer than I have at Citi Field. For one thing the baseball team in Coney Island is a lot more fun to watch than in Flushing and the fact that I can get from my driveway to the parking lot at Abe Stark Rink in about a half hour helps as well.

The first thing you notice about the crowd at MCU Park is the diversity. I know the bashing of Citi Field for its Ebbets Field look and Brooklyn Dodger influence is en vogue amongst Mets fans and I feel sorry for those of you that hate the Brooklyn feel of the ballpark because it’s obvious you didn’t grow up or ever live in Brooklyn. On any given night at a Cyclones game there are more different races and ethnic groups represented than the ” It’s A Small World “ride at Disney World.  Where else but Brooklyn can you sit in a row with a couple of families from Crown Heights, one Orthodox Jewish, the other African-American and next to them a family with the women wearing the traditional Muslim Hijab ? You see Asian’s, Irish, Italians, Latinos , Poles you name the ethnic group and I guarantee they have been in attendance at a Cyclones game.   I’ve been going to Cyclones games from the very first year they were in business in 2001 so in ten years I’ve gone to well over 100 games, I have never seen any kind of fighting, physical or verbal anytime . Just a bunch of fans rooting for Brooklyn to win.  See, we all can get along as long as a baseball game is involved.

What I do get a kick out of is the yuppies and hipsters who have just discovered Brooklyn and act like they made some rare discovery that no one ever knew about.  Brooklyn has been like that forever.

As for the team, this may have been the best Cyclones team ever. I’ve been critical of the Skill Sets for stacking the deck at Coney Island to make sure they have a winning record but this year maybe you could make the case that Corey Vaughn or Darrel Cecilliani should have been bumped  up but I think a full season of success, especially for Vaughn who was drafted this past June, was better call on their development and besides a championship flag flying over the Parachute Jump out in right field would look  very nice.

The Cyclones lost last night and have one more regular season game to play today on Coney Island before the playoff start on Tuesday. They play one road game in either Williamsport or Jamestown whichever one takes the wild card and then back to Brooklyn on Wednesday. I hope to get out there on Wednesday for that game because not only as a born and raised Brooklynite do I have a rooting interest here but as a Mets fan we can only hope that players like Vaughn, Celliani and Jeff Flag keep getting better and make it to Flushing along with their manager to bring the same positive esprit de corp of Brooklyn to Queens.

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TRAVELS WITH OMAR

Happy Labor Day weekend boys and girls and what a weekend it is, Hurricane Earl flamed out like Mets free agent signing, College Football goes full bore today (the DVR is ready to record the beginning of the Brian Kelly era in South Bend ) and I watched thee Brooklyn Cyclones record their 50th WIN last night and are ready to start the NY-PENN League playoffs Tuesday against either Jamestown or Williamsport,  and how nice would a NY-PENN Championship top off Wally Backman’ return to managing?

Allow me to too my own horn here for a moment as I am honored to have been named the President of the NY NL Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

So you don’t think Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel are dead men walking? First Jeffey Skill Sets goes to Brooklyn, I doubt there are any Skill Sets family members living in Bensonhurst or Gravesend anymore, to see about <wink!> “some structural plans”<wink!> at MCU Park and it just so happens that Cyclones manager, Wally Backman was walking by and had a chat with the Boy Blunder. I guess Backman not only is a very good field general but also has expertise in sheetrock and brick laying as well. Then Deadspin post a story about a group of Mets fans on a JetBlue flight notice a flight attendant having to help some asshole, the kind of asshole we all hate, try to push his big ass luggage into the tiniest space in the overhead, when the idiot got up to push the luggage in the Mets fans all gasped when they saw the culprit was OMAR MINAYA!!! Oh the humiliation not that he was a inconsiderate boob stuffing his luggage in a compartment but he was flying JetBlue which has no first or business class, just great unwashed class. Of course Omar was heckled by a few passenger/Mets fans but he never heard them as he donned his headphones and watched Cartoon Network all the way to Chicago. Oh and where was Asst’ GM John Ricco? Eh, eh, eh, Mr. Ricco was enjoying flying on Air Skill Sets with Jeff-er-oo while sipping drinks with paper parasols in them entertaining him with his plan to rid the Mets of excess baggage like Omar and Jerry.

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