Sports Illustrated: Barak Cheers for the Baracklyn Cyclones

It's almost unbelievable to come home from Coney Island's Keyspan ballpark and the first "Baracklyn Cyclones" minor league baseball game, where the home team won big, to find that Sports Illustrated had already reported on your son's attendance at the game.

What a story! Great weather, great crowd, everyone had fun!
Baracklyn Cyclones take the field

NEW YORK (AP) -Nearly an hour before the gates to KeySpan Park even opened Tuesday, the line stretched for two blocks down Surf Avenue, near the Coney Island boardwalk. Fans waited for the prized possession: a Barack Obama bobblehead.

For one night, the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones renamed themselves the Baracklyn Cyclones, in tribute to the new president. And tickets cost no more than $16, cheaper than nosebleed seats at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

Steve Fischer bought $5 seats when they were sold in January as an "Economic Stimulus Package.'' With the bobbleheads going to only the first 2,500 fans at 7,500-capacity stadium, he wanted to be at the front of the line before the Cyclones played the Hudson Valley Renegades.

"You can come to a nice little community ballpark like this, tickets are a couple of dollars. Food prices are much more inexpensive,'' he said, standing near Pee Wee the Seagull. "You get a lot closer to the action.''

The action included ceremonial first pitches thrown out by Amber Lee Ettinger, the Obama Girl, and presidential lookalike Randall West.

The real first family didn't take the Cyclones up on their invitation to attend, though in the first inning news broke that Obama planned to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the major league All-Star game in St. Louis on July 14.

Players on the New York Mets farm team wore white jerseys with "Baracklyn'' across the chest in red, red-and-white stripes on one sleeve and a mixture of stripes, white stars and a blue background on the other.

In a promotion invented by Cyclones general manager Steve Cohen, some fans received free Band-Aids as part of "Universal Health Care.'' People named Barack got in for free, anyone named McCain or Palin received free bleacher seats and plumbers named Joe got two free tickets. There was one plumber named Joe and a Barak Zahavy in the overflow crowd of 8,760, Cyclones spokesman Dave Campanaro said. The Hall of Fame even called, requesting a jersey...more...

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