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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. 2: HOPE Week
Introduced in 2009 and continuing into its sixth year in 2014, the New York Yankees’ HOPE Week initiative (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture. The Staten Island Yankees adopted the parent club’s initiative in 2011 and carried the tradition into 2014 for a fourth season. In mid-August, Staten Island Yankees players, front office staff and Scooter the Holy Cow spent time visiting different locations on Staten Island, brightening the day of many individuals. Below is the schedule of events the Staten Island Yankees took part part in:
Wednesday, Aug. 13: Bowling at Rab’s Country Lanes (Staten Island, NY) with Lifestyles for the Disabled
Lifestyles for the Disabled works to develop programs that provide intellectually disabled participants with realistic work settings and experiences within the Staten Island community.
Thursday, Aug. 14: Baseball drills with The Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at the College of Staten Island
The Melissa Riggioi Higher Education Program is a college-based program designed to prepare people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for adult life through higher education coursework, career exploration/preparation, self-awareness and socialization.
Friday, Aug. 15: Meet and Greet with residents at Eger Nursing Home (Staten Island, NY)
Saturday, Aug. 16: In-game “Home Run for Life”
During the Staten Island Yankees game against the Tri-City ValleyCats, family members of the Florina Rusi-Marke (former cancer patient) took a trip around the bases in honor of the legacy she left as part of Staten Island University Hospital’s Breast Health Awareness Night.
Blogger’s Choice: “Giving back to the community is something I take seriously. With that said, the one thing I am happy to see the big club extend to the minors was HOPE Week. One week of the team giving back and showing the community they care is something you can’t buy.” – Robert Pimpsner, Pinstriped Prospects
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.