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Mets Star Pitcher Guests in Minor League Game

Ellen Levitt

Posted on July 9, 2018 21:48

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Noah Syndergaard, one of the New York Mets ace starting pitchers, rehabbed from an injury by playing in a minor league baseball game in Coney Island.

New York City baseball is dominated by the Yankees in the American League and the Mets in the National League. Each year both teams draw thousands upon thousands of fans to their homes in the Bronx and Queens. But they are not the sole baseball draws in the Big Apple: Two lower-level minor league teams, the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees, also entertain sports crowds. Many sports fans attend games played by these two teams, hoping to see future stars in the making.

Occasionally these two short season Class A teams also host big-league players who are healing up from injuries. On Sunday, July 8, the Brooklyn Cyclones starting pitcher was none other than Noah Syndergaard, one of the Mets pitchers. Syndergaard, whose nickname is Thor, due especially to his long blond hair and facial affinity to the Marvel Comics superhero the Mighty Thor.

Syndergaard had been on the disabled list since late May, due to a strained ligament in his index finger; thus he had not pitched in six weeks. In five innings of play, Thor allowed one run on two hits and struck out seven batters. In all he threw 71 pitches, including his sinker, curveball, slider and changeup. 

Syndergaard got a no-decision for the 2-1 game victory, and the Brooklyn Cyclones are now in second place in the New York-Penn League, with a 12-11 record. Thor hopes to return soon to this Major League spot in the Mets rotation. 

Syndergaard's appearance in the Cyclones Sunday afternoon game helped to pack the stadium — MCU Park in the western part of Coney Island. In recent years the Cyclones have not drawn very large crowds, and this helped them pull in many more curious sports fans, many who were Mets fans but also a number of Yankees fans (as seen by the t-shirts, hats and other apparel worn by fans).

The day had a rather festive feel to it. Preceding the baseball game there was a stickball championship. Fans received  colorful premium t-shirts upon entering the park, featuring a comics version of Syndergaard. It was also Italian Heritage Day and there were gimmicky nods (music, board graphics, etc.) to this. Between innings, children's dance and cheering groups performed. Fans were selected to compete in silly games for prizes, and local-celebrity King Henry gave away prizes and helped lead fans in singing "Happy Birthday" to a few celebrants. 

I enjoyed attending this game, my first 'Clones game of the season. I have attended a few Cyclones games each season since they began their Coney Island tenure in 2001. The level of play varies, but it is an entertaining way to spend a few hours and the views of the beach and various Coney Island landmarks, and amusement park rides is a plus. And it was a special treat to watch Syndergaard, in a humbling setting, getting back to playing ball.  As the fans chant goes, "Let's Go Mets!" 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on July 9, 2018 21:48

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