No. 6: Costume Week
What would Minor League Baseball be without some wackiness at the ballpark? This summer, the Baby Bombers invited fans all all types to tap into their alter egos for Costume Week! Richmond County Bank Ballpark welcomed pirates, princesses, goons, goblins, and some of the finest pro wrestlers around for a few games filled with disguises. Here’s a look back at the festive series of games that was Costume Week.
Wednesday, July 30- Disney’s Pirates & Princesses Costume Party: The crew from Radio Disney helped the Baby Bombers throw an awesome costume fun for all the pirates and princesses of New York City!
Thursday, July 31- Sgt. Slaughter special appearance: Pro wrestling legend Sgt. Slaughter made his way to Staten Island to spice things up. The former WWE star signed autographs, met fans and even performed his infamous cobra clutch on a few lucky (or unlucky) patrons.
Friday, August 1- Summer Spooktacular: Finishing off Costume Week was the Halloween-inspired Summer Spooktacular. Fans of all ages dressed in their best disguises for this family-fun night. Even local viral sensation, the Staten Island Clown, made an appearance at the ballpark for some spooky hi-jinx.
No. 7: Dog Days of Summer
For the first time in the team’s 15-year history, the Staten Island Yankees welcomed dogs to Richmond County Bank Ballpark for “Dog Days of Summer”! More than 100 dogs ventured to the ballpark with their humans to watch the Baby Bombers take on the Vermont Lake Monsters on a late August night. The game was filled with tons of festivities for dog lovers, including a pre-game agility demonstration on the field by some of our four-legged friends from the Westminster Kennel Club.
Dog Days of Summer also served as a benefit for two local organizations, Angels on a Leash and Fur Friends in Need. A portion of each dog ticket sold was donated to the organizations, and a few precious dogs were available for adoption in the ballpark. Speaking of adoption, the Staten Island Yankees welcomed a new member to the mascot family at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
With the recently defunct Newark Bears closing their doors, Effa was left without a ballpark to call home. The Staten Island Yankees added Effa to the mascot family, adopting the bear, giving Scooter the Holy Cow and Red another pal to roam the ballpark with. We can’t wait to see all our dog friends and Effa at the ballpark again in 2015!
No. 8: Back to Baseball with Hideki Matsui
The Staten Island Yankees welcomed fans back to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George after a long, cold winter on April 12 for the official release of single-game tickets for purchase. The headliner of the event was no other than 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui. The Japanese baseball icon greeted local Little Leaguers and fans and signed autographs while the Baby Bombers sold a total of 637 single-game tickets on the first days of sales. April 12 marked the first day that fans were able to buy tickets for the biggest theme nights of the summer, such as Salute to Bacon, the Fake Moustache World Record Attempt and many more. As the sun rose that Saturday morning, fans began to line the sidewalk of Richmond Terrace, setting the mood for an exciting day.
Back to Baseball not only marked the first official day for single-game ticket sales, but was also the unveiling of Flagship Brewing Company’s special Staten Island Yankees beer, America’s Pastime Summer Ale. When you pair baseball with a beautiful Spring morning, it’s never too early for a new craft brew!
Missed April’s event? Check out our original blog post here!
No. 9: Torrens & Tejeda Hit Streaks
If there was one position the 2014 Staten Island Yankees excelled in, there’s no doubt it was at catcher. This year’s team boasted a pair of New York-Penn League All-Star catchers in 18-year-old Luis Torrens and returning Baby Bomber Isaias Tejeda.
Torrens started his season with Full Season Single-A Charleston before being sent down to Staten Island. Torrens, the New York Yankees No. 10 prospect, played up to the hype that followed him, putting together a 21-game hit streak during the season where his batting average rose as high as .396. The Venezuela native cooled down during the back-end of the season, finishing the season with a .270 batting average, hitting two home runs and 18 RBI. Despite the slow finish, Torrens has a bright future ahead and will be a name to watch in the Yankees farm system through the coming years.
No stranger to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, Tejeda looked comfortable all season long in his fourth year with the Baby Bombers (Tejeda played one game with Staten Island in 2011). The Dominican Republic native led the NYPL in doubles with 21 on his way to a mid-season 20-game hit streak, finally earning himself a spot in the NYPL All-Star Game. Tejeda finished the 2014 season with a .276 batting average, five home runs and 29 RBI.
Blogger’s Choice: “This was fun. Luis Torrens is one of the best prospects I have ever seen play in Staten Island. I have been coming to games since 1999 to put that in perspective. Torrens is a guy that can hit, though I am still trying to find out if he does have a team record with his 21-game hitting streak. Though it was overshadowed, Isaias Tejeda put together a nice 20-game hitting streak. I have known him for a few years now, and he is one of the nicer guys I have met. I was genuinely happy to see him have a great year this year. He did deserve it.” – Robert Pimpsner, Pinstriped Prospects
As another eventful year in St. George comes to end, we have a lot to reflect on. From celebrity appearances to breakout performances on the field, the Staten Island Yankees’ 15th season on the Island was eventful to say the least. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down the ten best moments of 2014 to get you caught up to speed for a promising 2015. We also paired up with long-time Staten Island Yankees beat writers Jim Waggoner and Robert Pimpsner, who give their takes on a few of the biggest events from the last 365 days. Enjoy!
No. 10: Where’s Wags?!?
When it comes to the Staten Island Yankees, veteran Staten Island Advance sportswriter Jim Waggoner has seen it all. From the championships to the wackiness off the field, you’d be hard-pressed to find a person who has seen more of the Baby Bombers over the last 15 years than Waggoner. But 2014 brought a new level of experience for Wags as he gained first-hand knowledge in various areas of the operations that go into producing a success baseball game.
Just like the Staten Island Yankees staff, Waggoner spent more time during games working behind the scenes than watching baseball, something he hasn’t been accustomed to doing during his tenure at the Staten Island Advance. Just like any reputable reporter, Wags dove in head-first to paint an accurate picture to his readers about what it’s really like to work for a minor league team. His ballpark escapades involved being a member of the grounds crew (read: pulling tarp), bullpen duty, ushering fans to their seats, scouting prospects, serving fans in the concession stands, and a rare look at what it’s like to be Scooter the Holy Cow. Missed the series? Catch up here:
Media’s Choice: “I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun during my long Staten Island Advance career than writing a first-person series of behind-the-scenes articles from the St. George ballpark. I was an usher, a scout, even a mascot … but the night I was allowed to don the pinstripes and sit among the young ballplayers in the bullpen is impossible to top. A half-year later, I’m still running into people who bring up the series and telling me how much they enjoyed it.” – Jim Waggoner, Staten Island Advance
Blogger’s Choice: “Wags had youthful energy this year, best I have seen him in a long time. So when he started doing the series on jobs around the ballpark I knew I had to be there for the day he did the grounds crew. It was perfect, it had rained earlier in the day so they had to pull the tarp. I got to the ballpark early, saw them getting ready and called him to tell him to get to the park before they do it.” – Robert Pimpsner, Pinstriped Prospects