Brooklyn Cyclones 2001 Championship Team Set to Return to MCU Park Saturday Night

By Jerry Del Priore

The Brooklyn Cyclones’ 2001 inaugural team, which were NY-Penn League Co-Champions along with the Williamsport Crosscutters, will be holding a reunion Saturday night at MCU Park, marking 15 years since the title, according Joe Jiannetti, an infielder with the team who reached as high as AA Binghamton with the New York Mets.

It remains the franchise’s only Championship to date.

In addition to Jiannetti, a Floridian, David Bacani, Lenny Dinardo, Wayne Lydon, Joel Zaragoza, Sean Pittman, and Mike Cox are scheduled to attend, among possible other players from the club, Jiannetti said.

A young Joe Jiannetti during his days with the Brooklyn Cyclones. 

“Bacani was the ring leader,” Jiannetti, who is pharmacy school, said of him organizing it. “I think a few of them have been working with Gary (Perone),” the Cyclones’ Assistant General Manager.

Dinardo won a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

Everything thing seems to be informal right now, but there could be a mention of it during the game. So, be on the lookout for old familiar faces at MCU Park Saturday night.

Jiannetti said they would also take in a Mets game Monday night.


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