A pair of New York – Penn League games

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Last week, I got to check out the Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees. (I like to go to at least one Cyclones game every year, and I’ve added the Staten Island Yankees to the list because I really enjoy their ballpark.)

For Thursday’s hockey night jersey giveaway in Brooklyn, I arrived almost two hours before the gates opened, and there were already a dozen or so folks lined up. By the time my friend joined me, the line stretched back to the ticket windows and it looped around into a giant snake by the time the ballpark opened for all fans at 5:30 p.m.

I was impressed with the organization of the crowd, but most appeared to be Cyclones’ regulars who come to all of the team’s weekly jersey giveaways. Fans had the option of paying $3 to trade the size XL jersey they were handed at the gate for a size XXL one at a table inside if they chose. (I’m not sure if folks who would have preferred a smaller jersey were also accommodated.)

Unfortunately, I timed my trip badly in another respect – I missed seeing 2014 New York Mets first round draft pick Michael Conforto make his professional debut by two days. ( He was still in California for an awards show when I went.)

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Mets Police Announces date of 2015 Queens Baseball Convention

Queens Baseball Convention 2015 logo (MetsPolice.com/Queens Baseball Convention graphic)

(MetsPolice.com/Queens Baseball Convention graphic)

The 2015 Queens Baseball Convention will take place on Saturday, January 10th, next year at McFadden’s Citi Field, according to the announcement posted at MetsPolice.com today.

WHAT IS THE QUEENS BASEBALL CONVENTION?

A mid-winter gathering of fans of baseball, held in Queens. Our design is a combination of “Fan Fest” meets “Comic Con.”

The spirit of the day is for the fans to get together, celebrate baseball in Queens, and to bring the kiddies and bring the wife.

Events will range from appearances by players, panels, trivia, mascot appearances…and a whole lot more.

Tickets are $35, and for an extra $10 you can get the t-shirt.

I missed this year’s event, though I heard nothing but good things from those who attended. Hopefully I will be able to make it next year.

Tickets are on sale at MetsPolice.com.

Good luck, Murph!

One year ago

One year ago, Citi Field hosted Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities. You might remember seeing the All-Star apple that was on display outside the ballpark, or the New York Mets apple outside SNY’s Manhattan studio.

Those artifacts now reside in an out-of-the-way corner of Citi Field’s Bullpen Plaza, along with the giant All-Star Game sign that used to hang in the outfield stands.

(Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

(Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Photos from Star Wars Night at Citi Field

On Friday, the New York Mets held their fourth annual Star Wars night to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer. This is the first time I got to go.

Fans who purchased tickets in the special seating section received a Travis d’Anaud bobblehead portraying the Mets’ catcher as a Jedi Knight.

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