By Jerry Del Priore
Who’s the boss? The Brooklyn Cyclones will be as they become the Brooklyn Jefes from August 8-10 at MCU Park as part of MiLB’s “Copa de la Diversion.”
The Copa is a season-long event series across MiLB, with teams in 19 states participating, specifically designed to embrace the culture and principles that resound most in Hispanic/Latino communities.
Jefes means bosses in Spanish and is tantamount with the great borough of Brooklyn’s swag.
“In our discussions about what our name should be, Jefes was the overwhelming winner,” Cyclones General Manager Kevin Mahoney said on BrooklynCyclones.com. “Brooklyn is more than a place. It’s a state of mind. It’s the mentality that you’re in charge, you’re the boss, because you’re from Brooklyn.”
As part of the three-game Jefes series, the Cyclones–the short-season A affilate of the New York Mets–will also be raising funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, according to their website.
As part of the game on Friday, August 10th, baseball fans will be able to purchase a special tree-frog bobblehead package for $30.00, with proceeds to benefit The Hispanic Federation and their Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Fund.
On Wednesday, August 8th, the Cyclones will kick off the three-day festivities with Mexican Cultural Night. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Jefes Sugar Skull bobblehead courtesy of MetroPlus.
In addition, there will be Mexican music, art, food and dance performers throughout the evening as part of a Dia de Los Muertos-inspired celebration at the ballpark.
On Thursday, August 9th, the team will celebrate Dominican Cultural Night and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive an Amed Rosario (top Mets shortstop prospect) bobblehead.
The evening will also feature Merengue music, carnaval costumed performers and local celebrities from the Dominican community.
For complete information leading up to the Jefes takeover, please visit BrooklynCyclones.com/beisbol.
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