It was an amazing day, with all the award winners getting to take batting practice, shag fly balls, meet with big leaguers, and then be honored in a ceremony before the game. There were six Cyclones/former Cyclones in all, and it was great to catch up with them. They all have amazing memories from their time in Brooklyn.
|Foreshadowing, courtesy of the Home Run Apple|
|In the cage at Citi Field|
|The home run swing|
|Cohoon, Nieuwenhuis, Minaya, Ceciliani|
|Minaya congratulating Darrell on a great year|
As Warner read each player's accomplishments to the crowd and highlights were shown on the ballpark's video scoreboard, the player came up to the podium, accepted his award and posed for pictures. When it was Darrell's turn, Warner gave a little extra love to the home team, and gave a more detailed description of how electric and exciting DC was this year. Then, I'll admit that I had some goosebumps when he roared into the mic "Get ready, Mets fans, there's another Darrell (Darryl) coming to Queens!" That was dirty. (See what I did there?)
|All the winners: Duda, Cohoon, Gee, Nieuwenhuis, Flores, Puello, DC, Rodriguez, and Tapia|
|Former Cyclones Nieuwenhuis, Cohoon, Flores, and DC|
|Darrell accepting his award|
|The "dirty" jersey|
|Ceremonial first pitch|
Congratulations to all the award winners (especially those that played in Brooklyn). Cyclones fans will be following many of their careers, and rooting them on as they make their way towards the major leagues. After all, when you're a Cyclone, you're a Cyclone forever. Brooklyn's proud to say we saw them first!