comes to baseball in the Big Apple, the New York Yankees
and New York Mets
aren’t the only games in town. Their minor league affiliates, the Staten Island
Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones
respectively, also draw a crowd.
September, they will compete against 12 other teams in the Class A Short-Season
New York-Penn League – one
of the first levels in the professional baseball hierarchy – for a chance at
the playoffs. But regardless of division
standings, the Cyclones and Yankees are a hit with families, school groups
and dedicated neighbourhood fans who come to the low-slung waterfront stadiums
to cheer them on.
the two NYC-based outfits face each other, expect a sellout. The next so-called
“Battle of the Boroughs” series is set for 26 and 27 July at Richmond
County Bank Ballpark at St George – the 7,171-seat home of the Yankees.
To get there
from Manhattan, hop the Staten Island Ferry
from Whitehall Terminal. The free boat ride takes about 25 minutes and the ball
field, which has sweeping views of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline,
is adjacent to the ferry terminal. If you can’t make either of those matchups,
don’t worry. The Yankees will host 20 more games
through 30 August.
Cyclones have 25 remaining games on their home
turf through 1 September. Easily accessible by subway, the 7,500-seat MCU Park overlooks
the Atlantic Ocean and Coney Island
amusement park. The iconic Wonder
Wheel and the team’s namesake – the Cyclone
rollercoaster – are just a short stroll down the boardwalk.
range from $10 to $18 and can be purchased online or on-site.
Brader is the New York City Localite for BBC Travel