The Brooklyn Cyclones will play a crucial series at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George this week, as they will face off against their McNamara Division nemisis: The Staten Island Yankees in a 3-game set that can make or break the season.
So check out below what is going on this week at RCB Ballpark. There are also travel notes at the bottom of the posting for those who are making the trip via public transit and car.
Wednesday, August 17th, 7 PM
PITCHING MATCHUP: RHP Freicer Perez (2-3, 4.71) vs RHP Merandy Gonzalez (4-2, 3.40)
THEME: Jewish Heritage Night
It will be Jewish Heritage Night in Richmond County.In honor of Jewish Heritage Night, Cantor Shira Lissek of Park Avenue Synagogue will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”
If you have a Hebrew Brooklyn Cyclones jersey and / or cap make sure to wear them to the game. If you are Jewish and own a Cyclones Kippa, make sure to wear it as well.
Former New York Yankee Ron Blomberg, who was the first designated hitter in MLB History, will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs on the main concourse.
Blomberg also managed the Beit Shemesh Blue Sox to the Israel Baseball League championship in 2007, the league’s only season. He beat the Modi’in Miracle, who were managed by Art Shamsky, who was a member of the 1969 World Champion New York Mets.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM with gates opening at 6:00 PM.
Thursday, August 18th, 7 PM
PITCHING MATCHUP: Austin DeCarr (2-0, 3.62) vs RHP Justin Dunn (1-1, 0.50)
THEME: Irish Heritage Night
Get your blarney stones ready, as it will be Irish Heritage Night in Staten Island.
If there is one thing any loyal Cyclones fan should have at least one of, it’s a giveaway Irish themed Brooklyn Cyclones jersey. The Cyclones have given out 7 to date, so make sure to rock your green Cyclones gear and give Brooklyn the Luck of the Irish!
It is also Thirsty Thursday at RCB Ballpark, so there will be half-priced Budweiser, Bud Light & Flagship products for all fans ages 21 & over!
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM with gates opening at 6:00 PM
Friday August 19th, 7 PM
PITCHING MATCHUP: RHP Nick Green (1-1, 1.69) vs RHP Erik Manoah (5-2, 5.29)
THEME:#BeatBKLYN Night 2; GIVEAWAY: Pat Venditte Bobblehead
The Yankees are once again doing #BeatBKLYN Night, and we all know how well it went last year.
We need to get loud again this season to help lift the Boys of Summer to a win. There are plenty of great chants to use again.
This year, the Yankees will be giving out Bobble-Arms of switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, who gained national attention after one of the funniest moments in Cyclones history. The Bobble-Arms show Venditte throwing right & left-handed at the same time.
Be there early, as only the 1st 2,500 fans will get one when gates opening at 6:00 PM. Even though it is of a Yankee, it depicts a moment in baseball history that took place at MCU Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Following the game will be a post-game fireworks show, set against the Manhattan skyline.
If you plan on driving to the ballpark & have space for other fans, or if you need please post it in the Facebook Group REAL BKLYN CYCLONES FANS. The accepted going rate is $5 to help cover tolls.
A reminder that there have been issues with parking due to the construction of the NY Wheel. Consider a Staten Island Railway Park & Ride, available at the Prince’s Bay, Huguenot, Annadale, and Dongan Hills stations. However, Pinstriped Prospects reported that a new lot opened this past Friday, so there should be some more parking. There is a gameday price of $8. Read the link for all the details.
STATEN ISLAND FERRY
TO GAME: The Staten Island Ferry departs Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan every 20 minutes between 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. After 5:00 PM, the ferries depart every 15 minutes until 7:00 PM.
FROM GAME: The Staten Island Ferry departs St. George Terminal in Staten Island every 30 minutes all night.
The ferry is FREE, so do not get suckered into paying.
SOUTH FERRY STATION
Fans who are using the Whitehall Street – South Ferry Station are also reminded of the closure of the main entrance / exit onto Peter Minuit Plaza.
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, all 1 Trains terminate the Old South Ferry Station. Riders are reminded you must be in one of the first 5 cars to exit at the old South Ferry Station. Use the stairs at the center of the curved half platform, which will leave you on the side of Whitehall Terminal.
This station is NOT ADA-Accessible.