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Last season, we asked fans to submit the ingredients to their ideal ballpark hot dog. One creation stood above the rest and earned the fans’ vote for the official hot dog of the Staten Island Yankees for 2014. Marie McNamara, creator of the McNamara Dog, submitted her custom dog topped with baked beans, sour cream, bacon, mustard and cheddar cheese. Fans chowed down on this new ballpark favorite all season long, and many asked, “How can I have a hot dog named after me served at the ballpark?” Over the last two weeks, we’ve been collecting your suggestions, and we’ve finally chosen the finalists! We received more than 60 custom creation ideas and narrowed it down to the top 5. Now it’s your turn. Which of these hot dogs do want to eat at Richmond County Bank Ballpark this season? The winner will join the McNamara Dog at the ballpark to be served to fans all summer long. Voting ends Friday, May 15!
No. 4: More Than Just Baseball
In 2014, the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George served as more than just a baseball stadium. Sure, the ballpark was named Staten Island’s Best Sports Facility by Staten Island Advance readers, but there were more reasons than just sports that got the venue noticed in 2014. From hosting Wagner High School’s graduation to being the film location for national commercials, Richmond County Bank Ballpark had quite the year. Check out some of its prominent uses from last year below.
As part of Derek Jeter’s farewell tour, Nike’s Jordan Brand filmed this tribute commercial at the ballpark featuring the likes of Spike Lee, Rudy Giuliani, Jon Lester, A.J. Pierzynski and Derek Jeter himself, all of whom made appearances at the ballpark for the shoot. The commercial made its television debut during the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
Recall seeing these regional AT&T ads? They were filmed in Richmond County Bank Ballpark as well!
In May, Richmond County Bank Ballpark returned as the host site once again for the 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser for the Staten Island Children’s Campaign. The fundraiser featured dozens of trucks available for kids to explore, arts & crafts on the concourse, along with games and inflatables on the field.
One of the most exciting Sunday mornings in 2014 in Staten Island was certainly the New York Road Runners Staten Island Half Marathon. Nearly 10,000 running enthusiasts crossed home plate of Richmond County Bank Ballpark greeted with a Baby Bombers-style congratulations by Scooter the Holy Cow!
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