On Friday night, Mom had the brilliant idea of attending a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game. It turns out that minor league games are even more fun than the major leagues — plus a whole lot cheaper.
The setting, just off the boardwalk on Coney Island, was perfectly atmospheric. It wasn’t too hot and crowded, and there were tons of diehard fans. The fellow in front of us, for example, attends every game, films segments of it, and penciled into a book every stat throughout the game. He would also provide background on players and commentary, regardless of whether or not he had any kind of audience.
Friday had been a brutally hot day, so the first step was actually getting ourselves out of the house. This picture is called “waiting for Katie.” Ever since we were little, Katie has always been the last one to leave the house — we’ve spent many hours “waiting for Katie.” (But boy oh boy, does she look great!)Then it was a long F train ride down to Coney Island. Before the game began, we dipped our toes in the Atlantic. On days this hot, who has the energy to open their eyes for pictures?
2. Everyone gets a garden gnome baseball player. (I tried to discretely leave mine in the gift shop on the way out, but Katie retrieved it, fearing it would look like a bomb. if ya see something, say something, new york!)
3. Kyle juggles, rides a unicycle and hula hoops (sometimes all at once) between innings.
4. The mascot is Sandy the Seagull. And a man in a red suit walks among the crowd during the entire game hyping people up.
7. Finally — though it may not be the most high-brow form of entertainment — watching hot dogs race each other is always the height of comedy.
Anna finally arrived in the 6th inning, after a “busy” day at the office. We made her plead for her ticket from down below. Dance monkey! Dance! And despite a 2-1 loss, the Cyclones still put on a great fireworks show afterwards.
The greasy food, the sweaty, tattooed crowds, the plastic game prizes, steaming boardwalk, rickety rides and sweet little baseball team. We heart Coney Island.