Saturday, September 6, 2008

All Good Things Must Come To An End...

Well, it was a pretty amazing run. It came down to extra innings on the second-to-last day of the season, but the Cyclones were eliminated from the Playoff hunt on Friday night, after winning 11 out of the team's last 12 games to surge back into the race.

That the team was even still in the hunt was impressive enough, after battling injury after injury all season long. And that's not just rhetoric, or some kind of excuse...check out the list: Zach Lutz, Reese Havens, Josh Satin, Ike Davis, Matt Bouchard, Matt Smith, Jim Fuller, Mike Lynn, Tim Stronach, John Servidio...all impact players that suffered injuries (and that's just off the top of my head).

Still, there were some pretty special performances. Brad Holt seemed to strike out 10 every time he took the mound. Kirk Nieuwenhuis put himself of the map by leading the team in just about everything, and getting big hits in clutch situations. Scott Shaw, Chris Schwinden Jimmy Johnson, Roy Merritt, and the entire pitching staff kept up the Brooklyn tradition of excellence on the mound, leading the league in ERA for the second straight season. 17-year-old Wilmer Flores became the youngest Cyclone ever, and showed glimpses of the talent that makes him a top prospect. 18-year-old Jenry Mejia wowed everyone with his high-90s fastball. The list literally goes on and on.

Just about every player did something this season, both on and off the field, to endear themselves to the Brooklyn faithful, and take their place in Cyclones history.

It was a pretty amazing run. It's too bad it had to end. But as the saying goes -- for longer than some Brooklynites care to remember -- Wait 'Til Next Year!

-- Dave


Lisa Gav said...

I miss coming to the Ballpark already!
THANK YOU to the terrific Staff for making this another great season, with lots of fun activities between innings (LOVE the Gargiulo's Pasta Bowl!), as well as plenty of other stuff - the Ladies' Clinic and RPS Tournament in particular.
I hope there are continued Blog postings during the off-season. Looking forward to info on next summer as well!

Lisa Gav said...

PS: really enjoyed the "Pictures" video on the Home Page too - Switch Pitcher vs Switch Hitter is one for the ages!