With the New York Yankees out of town on the road to Chicago, I decided to catch some minor league baseball in the gap and so we went to catch the opening day of class-A Staten Island Yankees’ season – a home game against the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Mets organisation.
Much has changed since my last visit to the Ballpark at St George in 2009. A new manager, players have come and gone, even the mascots have gone from three to two.
So I spoke to club president, Joseph Ricciutti, about the most significant of the changes:
DH: Where’s Huck?
JR: Well, Huck was one of three mascots we had….
DH: I know who he WAS. Where is he?
JR: We decided to phase him out. Did you like Huck?
DH: My daughter did. Is he dead?
JR: No, Huck couldn’t be dead!
DH (helpfully): Has he been promoted to double-A?
JR (relieved) : Yes, he finally made it to double-A. We promoted him