For the Staten Island Yankees that is. As I mentioned in a quickie post, the Staten Island Yankees are headed to the 2016 New York-Penn League playoffs via the wild card.
Yesterday was the final showdown EVER between the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones. We'll get to why it's the last match between these two ever later.
Let's start with the autographs.
First up is Welfrin Mateo who was recently called up from Pulaski Yankees to help the SIY with their playoff run. The D.R. native Mateo was signed by the Yankees back in 2013 and showed incredible power and speed potential in the Dominican Summer League. In 2015 Mateo finally came stateside and 2016 was his first ever full season in the US. Mateo hit for a lot of contact in 2016 and proved to be one of Pulaski's more consistent hitters. That earned him a call up to Staten Island.
Next up is another call up from Pulaski, Phillip Diehl. The Yankees' 27th rounder in 2016, Diehl had himself a very good year as a reliever in Pulaski. Diehl finishes his debut season as a pro with a ton of K's to his name. He had 38 total K's in 31.2 innings pitched as opposed to six walks in Pulaski and got three more K's in the two innings last night. He's the real Diehl (that's like his Twitter handle BTW) and I'm looking forward to what he can do out of the pen going forward.
Finally I got the last member of the 2016 SIY team set (that I could see was still clearly with the team), Kolton Mahoney.
Mahoney was the Yankees' 16th rounder in 2015 and was clearly above the competition level of the NYPL in 2016 (he threw a complete game this year). Heck he already showed he was ready for the next level in 2015. Mahoney is a very solid starter who may make a name for himself as a mainstay in the Yankees org for a while. Mahoney was an NYPL all star this year and is likely headed to Charleston next year (or even Tampa). Good luck Kolton.
And those were my three autographs. Yeah, not as much compared to the last few times I was at SI. I just need a few other guys from the team set who weren't with the team when the set came out (hope the last minute TTM requests I sent come back).
Right, so about this being the last EVER Staten Island Yankees vs Brooklyn Cyclones game. Well you see, the Staten Island Yankees will cease to be once this season ends.
Instead they'll be the Staten Island [Insert Team Name Here] in 2017. In the minors a lot of affiliates have been asked to stop using the names of their quad-A affiliates so Staten Island is set for a name change next year to join the Railriders, Thunder and Riverdogs.
As such yesterday night was also some sort of big promotional night where the team was clearing as much of their inventory as possible.
Like the first 1,500 fans got these vouchers for a free promotional item the team still had left. I thought about seeing if I could get a Francisco Cervelli bobble head but the line was so massive that it just wasn't worth it.
There were also $5 "mystery bags" which contained some random items like hats, posters, banners and occasionally a bobble head. I was semi-interested in these bags but couldn't find the energy to go find wherever they were selling these.
Oh yeah, there was this charity auction for an autograph Tyler Austin jersey. Bidding started at $270-something so yeah, NOPE.
I just stopped by the gift shop to get an oversized card of none other than Nick Solak. Nick Solak man, he's just so so good. I put the regular card on the middle left part of the card to show how much bigger this thing is.
And that was it for the last Staten Island Yankees regular season game. The playoffs begin on Wednesday so that'll be fun. Attendance drops like flies in the MiLB playoffs so it suits me fine.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).
2016 IP Auto Count: 73