Aberdeen IronBirds at Brooklyn Cyclones

August 3, 2016

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I don’t think I’ve been to a Brooklyn Cyclones game in about 10 years, but earlier this season I saw they were having some fun promotions, including a Wilmer Flores bobblehead they were calling “from tears to cheers” based on the trade that never happened last summer. This giveaway just so happened to be the day after the Mike Piazza #31 retirement ceremony which I knew I’d be in town for. I bought five cheap tickets in case family or friends wanted to come. (None did, so I went in and out a few extra times to collect more bobbleheads.)

Wilmer Flores - Cyclones Bobblehead

Wilmer Flores - Cyclones Bobblehead

The same day was also a Piazza bobblehead giveaway at Citi Field, and so I was hoping to use an extra Flores bobblehead for trade. Luckily, a friend of mine and her husband didn’t need the two they got so we traded before I left town. (I also needed one for a trade with someone else for a John Stamos Full House Cyclones bobblehead.)

Mike Piazza Bobblehead

Much like the day before for the Piazza ceremony, the weather was drizzly and overcast. We spent some pre-game time at the Coney Island Brewing taproom and then made our way over to the MCU Park entrance to get in line and not miss the bobbleheads. Not to be overlooked, Nik picked up Nathan’s while I waited. The line moved quickly and I found an exit near the team store where the security guy didn’t catch on to what I was doing. Each time I exited and went back in, I made sure to get my ticket scanned by a different person.

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Once Nik and I were in the stadium, we did some shopping and settled in seats just past first base for warm-ups and the game. In the most recent MLB draft, the Mets drafted an infielder from The Ohio State University, Nick Sergakis, who I became very familiar with this past spring while at work when the Buckeyes won the Big Ten Baseball Championship. I saw that he tweeted something not long before warm-ups so I tweeted him about getting an autograph and he replied to holler at him after stretch. So I did. I brought my ball over and more or less introduced myself and said where I worked and joked that the whole spring was a personal highlight reel for him. We had a good laugh, I thanked him and wished him good luck. He couldn’t have been nicer.

Tweeting with Nick Sergakis

Thomas Szapucki

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After an inning or two in those seats, Nik and I moved around towards home plate and stood under the concourse for a few innings. Though the sky was dark, it never did rain while we were there, but we left early anyway and headed to the new Wahlburgers. (Of course I’m an NKOTB fan and had to check this out.) I got the “Our Burger” which was good, but nothing to brag about.

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After this, we left Coney Island and the sports side of our weekend came to a wrap. Good times all-around, and many thanks to my wonderful husband who joins me in these adventures. (And lets us do them.) View full set of pictures here.

*Sidenote: Below are pictures of the Thunderbolt, the new roller coaster at Coney Island. The views are from within the stadium. That ride looks scary as heck. The big incline and drop do not look too appealing to me.

Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt

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