NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE
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Tri City Valley Cats vs. Brooklyn Cyclones
Singing of the National Anthem.
Cyclones' dugout watches Cory Vaughn's at-bat while the Valley Cats' bullpen stays quiet.
The Tri City Valley Cats; the team from Troy, N.Y.
are the NYPL Champs...and the celebration is on!
the Cyclones looking impressive doing it and showing
tremendous fight in their game the whole time.
This team had power, comeback capabilities
and a knockout punch.
The Cyclones were sloppy at times during the two game series. There is never a good time for erratic play.
But when it reared it's ugly head and stared at the Cyclones, they quivered. But that wasn't it. That's not what did this team in.
The offensive juggernaut that was this team's line-up simply shut down. There was no discernible slugging emanating from this Cyclone team; a team which set individual, team and league records for offensive production. They scored one run tonight and only two in Game 1. A combined 8 hits and 4 errors for the two games does not a champion make.
See you next year Pee Wee.
The team which achieved 51 victories, on cruise-control since perhaps the 2nd week of the season, who clinched their division earlier than the rest and by a substantial margin to boot, has left older Brooklynites and newer Lil' Bumz rooters reciting a mantra, as true today as the days when it was more common to hear around these part; ~ "Wait Till Next Year". The saying originated here. It must be something in the water I guess.
The Coney Island Nine fell short of their quest for a championship. And whether they bring back yellowed and frayed memories to mind or you're a couple of generations down the line experiencing this resurrected Brooklyn phenomenon for the first time over these last ten years..., it's painful all the same.
The events of 9/11 prevented a clear cut champion in 2001. Clearly, no one was in any mood for dancing on any field then. The Cyclones and Williamsport were declared co-champions. Before having the opportunity to watch these Boys by the Beach have a party in our "Backyard", as of tonight I have had the misfortune of watching three teams partake in such merriment.
"Wait till next year" ~ A time honoring(?) tradition passed down from generation to generation?
The games are over; the season is done.
Can you see why I love this place so much?
We'll get 'em next year.