Aberdeen IronBirds in New York
Being the relatively broke Baltimore Orioles fan living in New York City that I am, I just have to check out the O’s Single-A New York-Penn League affiliate, the Aberdeen IronBirds, when they come to town.
Here are a few amateurish shots that stood out from the awful ones, taken at a pair of recent games. The Staten Island Yankees are evil by association, but they play in a beautiful ballpark that’s literally a two-minute walk from a free Staten Island Ferry ride from Manhattan. Takes you right by the Statue of Liberty. Watch out for aggressive tourists wielding fancy cameras. Tickets are $14.
The Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets farm club, play right off the beach in Coney Island. Take the F train down early and get some swimming, sun, sand & original Nathan’s hot dogs. Tickets are $16.
Fow what it’s worth, the IronBirds whacked a franchise record four home runs to build a 7-2 lead in the game I saw at Staten Island. With a toddler dozing on my shoulder, I had to leave with the outcome apparently in hand, but those dastardly pinstripers in diapers rallied to prevail 8-7.
At Brooklyn, the IronBirds were down 3-1 entering the seventh, but scored three times to take the lead. The Cyclones tied it with two down in the bottom of the ninth, but Aberdeen won it in 12 to snap Brooklyn’s winning streak at 10.