The MLB season has officially kicked off, and the minor league campaign isn’t that far off, with the Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets’ High-A East Classification, to start play on Tuesday, May 4th and run through Sunday, September 19th.
With the 2020 minor league season canceled due to COVID-19, I am sure baseball fans cannot wait to flock to MCU Park in Coney Island to witness the Mets’ future first-hand. Brooklyn’s home opener takes on May 18th at 6:30 p.m. versus the Hudson Valley Renegades.
One of the best things about the Cyclones is their amazing promotional schedule. The 2021 season should be no different, as Brooklyn has announced six cool promo dates so far, plus autograph days and fireworks nights.
Pete Alonso Flex Plush Doll
On Saturday, May 22nd, the first 1,000 fans through the MCU Park gates will receive Pete Alonso Flex Plush Dolls.
Alonso played with the Cyclones in 2016, when he slugged a .321 average with five home runs and 21 RBI in 30 games.
Brooklyn will also offer another Pete Alonso Flex Plush Doll giveaway on Wednesday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m..
Jacob deGrom Bobblehead
On May 29th, at 4:00 p.m., the Cyclones will hand out Jacob deGrom Bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans at the game. What Met fan would not want one of these fantastic giveaways? deGrom is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, and his bobblehead would look great on any mantle.
2019 New York-Penn League (NYPL) Champs Cap
On Saturday, June 12th, at 4:00 p.m., Brooklyn will be doling out 2019 New York-Penn League (NYPL) Champs Caps to the first 1,000 fans through the turnstile.
Playing in the NYPL in 2019, the Cyclones captured the franchise’s first outright crown in their history.
Show off your Brooklyn pride with a spectacular Cyclones baseball hat.
Brooklyn Cyclones 20th Anniversary T-Shirt
On Thursday, June 24th, at 6:30 p.m., the first 1,000 fans into the ballpark will receive 20th-anniversary tee-shirts commemorating the Cyclones’ birth.
2001 Championship Ring Replica
Brooklyn was NYPL co-champions along with the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2001, and to commemorate the title, the Cyclones will give away replica rings on Saturday, June 26th at 4:00 p.m. to the first 1,000 fans through the gates.
(The NYPL cut the season short due to 9/11 and named both teams champs).
Free Autographs and Fireworks
In addition to the six giveaways, Brooklyn will host 10 Sundays for the first 200 kids in the ballpark who will receive a pre-signed autograph from a Cyclones player.
Plus, five Friday nights on Brooklyn’s schedule will feature post-game fireworks.
The Cyclones start the year on May 4th at 6:35 p.m. at Ashville.
I will list more promo dates as they become available. But giveaways are subject to change.
— Jerry Del Priore