Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Brooklyn Cyclones: Opening Day In Coney Island

From the desk of:   THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS

Staten Island Yankees
MCU Park at Steeplechase Grounds
Coney Island, Brooklyn

2013 Battle Of The Boroughs
Staten Island Leads Series 1-0
I - S.I. 2; BKN 1


BROOKLYN CYCLONES - Baseball By The Boardwalk Enters Its Thirteenth Season.  Summertime In The Borough Starts Now!

Coney Island Salt Water Taffy is da best - Oh!  But salt water on grass fields?  Fuhgeddaboudit!  And so, after the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Brooklyn Cyclones General Manager decided MCU would convert to a synthetic field.  The new surface will ease fears and limit potential future storm damage, while increasing the events MCU Park can host without fretting over the wear and tear of grass.

Battered, but not beaten, like much of the impacted coastal areas of Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens, New Yorkers are a resilient bunch.  With them, MCU Park is another treasured home in our neighborhood, and its players, neighbors on our block.  To the newest members of the Cyclones, I welcome you to Brooklyn - welcome home to Coney Island.

On their new turf, the new Kids of Summer will open their thirteenth season by the seashore this evening against their chief rival Staten Island Yankees.  Last night, the teams played in the Baby Bombers home opener before a capacity crowd, with the Yankees outlasting the Cyclones by a 2-1 final score.

Robert Gsellman made the start for Brooklyn, opposed by Staten Island's Giovanny Gallegos.  Gsellman pitched five innings, allowed two runs on five hits, but none earned.  He issued one walk and struck out four in suffering his first loss of the season.  At the plate, L.J. Mazzilli had two hits in his professional debut.  Right fielder James Roche drove in Brooklyn's only run with his first home run of the season.

As of post time, the skies above Southern Brooklyn were looking kind of ominous.  Hopefully there will be baseball in Coney Island tonight.


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