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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. 1: Connor Spencer’s New York-Penn League Batting Title
When you think of the lineage of Staten Island Yankee players who have made their impact in Major League Baseball, there’s more than enough batters who come to mind. Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera are names that pop up, but none were able to accomplish what one Baby Bomber did in 2014.
Connor Spencer was the New York Yankees eighth round selection in the 2014 First Year Player Draft. The California native joined Staten Island after Opening Day, following his appearance in the College World Series with UC-Irvine. Spencer made an immediate impact on the team, playing both outfield and first base on his way to being named a New York-Penn League All-Star. The former Anteater standout led the New York-Penn League in batting with a .364 average, becoming the first Staten Island Yankee to ever lay claim to the league’s batting title. Spencer also led the Baby Bombers in hits (72) and on-base percentage (.389).
Media’s Choice: “I spoke to Connor Spencer in the clubhouse prior to the season finale. What a down-to-earth young man! He was definitely the 2014 MVP with his glossy batting average, but I’ll remember him as a tremendous team guy with an amazing work ethic. He has a sense of humor, too, which will serve him well in the seasons ahead.” – Jim Waggoner, Staten Island Advance
No. 3: Chris Breen Walk-Off HR vs. Brooklyn
There isn’t a single game in the Staten Island-Brooklyn Battle of the Boroughs series that isn’t emotionally charged, and Aug. 25 was no different. The Baby Bombers entered the game with a 34-33 record while arch-rival Brooklyn entered the game 38-30, in a great position to take the Wild Card spot in the New York-Penn League playoffs.
Before the game began, Cyclones all-star third baseman Jhoan Urena was ejected from the game for a “delay of game” following a NYPL memo sent to teams earlier in the season warning of “face-offs” after the National Anthem. The ejection led to heated game that saw each team score only one run in the first nine innings.
With playoff implications on the line, the Staten Island Yankees took the ballgame into bottom of 10th inning tied, 1-1. Already with six home runs on the season, Yankees slugger Chris Breen hit his biggest bomb of the season with two outs, a towering shot to centerfield to give the Baby Bombers a huge late-season win, 2-1. It was Breen’s seventh homer of the season as the Florida native finished with a team-high eight home runs in 2014. Though Staten Island ultimately missed the postseason, if the Brooklyn Cyclones had won this game, they would have likely made the NYPL playoffs as the lone Wild Card team.
No. 5: Fake Moustache World Record Attempt
What makes a more memorable night at the ballpark than being part of a world record? On Friday, Aug. 2, the Baby Bombers gave fans that opportunity. After a first attempt at the record was unceremoniously rained out on Opening Day, we knew we had to try again for the record.
On a perfect Friday night, 3,219 donned the the fake ‘staches to help unofficially break the world record for most fake moustaches worn in one place at one time, sponsored by Curious Traveler. It was a night at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George that won’t be forgotten any time soon!
Media’s Choice: “The Yankees hit a promotional home run not once, but twice, with this stroke of genius. It will go down as the best promotion in the team’s history, unless Steve Violetta has more aces up his sleeve for the summer of 2015.” – Jim Waggoner, Staten Island Advance
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
Name: Jordan Foley
Birthday: July 12, 1993
Hometown: The Colony, Texas
College: Central Michigan University
Favorite Food: Mac & Cheese
Favorite Movie: Lone Survivor
Favorite TV Show: House of Cards
Favorite Athlete: Dirk Nowitzki
Have you played any other sports? What sports and for how long? Basketball until freshman year of high school and soccer until I was 12
What is your biggest career highlight so far? Signing with the New York Yankees
What was the favorite baseball team growing up? Texas Rangers
What do you like most about New York City? Times Square
The least? The amount of people
What family member are you closest with? Why? My father. He’s my role model.
If you could play catch with anyone (alive or deceased), who would it be? Bob Gibson
What was the first concert you ever saw? Eli Young Band
What was your first job? Little League umpire
Do you have any superstitions? Yes. Jumping over the foul line.
Want to follow Jordan’s journey in Staten Island and beyond? Follow him on Twitter: @JFol12
Name: Sam Agnew-Wieland
Birthday: May 31, 1992
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
College: Appalachian State
Favorite Movie: Lethal Weapon 6
What is your most memorable moment in baseball as a player? The 2013 MLB Draft (Drafted in the 24th Round)
As a spectator? 1995 World Series
What was your favorite baseball team growing up? Atlanta Braves
Who is your favorite MLB player of all time? Andres Galarraga, because he’s the man.
What are your goals as a minor league baseball player? To win a New York-Penn League title!
What special talents do you have? I am a bird-whisperer.
What do you like most about New York City? The New York Yankees
The least? The New York Mets
What was the greatest struggle for you as a child? Dribbling a basketball left-handed.
What was the best advice you ever received? When the tough get going, go and get tough.
What was the first concert you ever saw? Counting Crowes
What was your first job? YMCA Camp Counselor
What was the last book you read? “Bullpen Diaries: Mariano Rivera, Bronx Dreams, Pinstripe Legends, and the Future of the New York Yankees” by Charley Rosen
What would you be doing if you weren’t playing baseball? Working toward my Philosophy degree
Want to follow Sam’s journey in Staten Island and beyond? Follow him on Twitter: @SamHyphen