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.