Tag Archives: yankees stadium

Bayside Little League Rebels capture Borough Cup Championship

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photos courtesy Bayside Little League Rebels

In a closely contested game, the Bayside Little League Rebels defeated the Richmond County Raiders by a score of 2-1 to earn the Borough Cup Championship at Yankee Stadium last week.

Both teams entered the championship game undefeated, with the Raiders holding a 4-0 record, while the Rebels were 5-0.

Before the game on Sept. 3, the teams got the chance to travel through Yankee Stadium to their locker rooms. When it was time to take the field, the Rebels marched through the halls of Yankee Stadium and onto the field.

“In a couple of words the experience was awe-inspiring and the site of the field breathtaking as the rusty brown clay, green grass and blue sky all come into view within the cavernous walls of the stadium,” said Steven Perez, press coordinator for the Rebels.

The pregame ceremony included ceremonial first pitches, which were thrown out by the Borough Cup’s co-founder John Franco, Hall of Fame pitcher for the New York Mets; and Omar Minaya, former Mets General Manager. After the National Anthem, it was time to play ball.


The Rebels took an early lead in the second inning when catcher Ray Winter led off with a walk. John DeCastro struck out on three pitches and Kevin O’Connor also struck out. With two outs in the inning, right fielder Regan Goger hit a single into the gap between the center and right fielders driving in Winter and putting the Rebels on the board 1-0.

The score remained the same as both pitchers controlled the game. In the bottom of the sixth the Raiders pulled even. Rebels pitcher John Callahan walked a batter, gave up a hit to right field and a blooper to third base to load the bases.

The number two batter for the Raiders hit a ground ball between second and first base, but Aristo Pagiatakis threw home to Winter to get the out at the plate. The lone Raiders run then came on a wild pitch, tying the game at 1-1.

In the top of the eighth inning, the Rebels managed to get the first two batters on base. With runners on second and third, the Raiders pitcher balked, allowing Becir Hot to score the go-ahead run, giving the Rebels a 2-1 lead.

The Rebels clinched the championship after Callahan finished the complete game with a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth.

“This team and their families have a lot to be thankful for the years of hard work, fun and tears that brought them to pinnacle of the game. Playing in a major league ball park is probably the dream of every young ball player, but these children have lived that dream twice, last year coming in second in the city and this year taking it all the way to be crowned champions,” Perez said. “They have learned more than how to play ball, they have learned to work together as a team, to build each other up and not criticize, to be respectful to their coaches, parents and each other.“


Exhibit chronicles final innings of Shea and Yankee stadiums

| lguerre@queenscourier.com


At the end of the 2008 Major League Baseball season, Shea Stadium closed its doors for the last time.

From the grass the players ran on, to the seats the fans occupied, everything was either destroyed or sold as the Mets prepared to open the doors to a brand new home, much like their crosstown rivals, the Yankees.. Today the new ballparks, Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium, loom over the sites of their predecessors.

But a new photo exhibit by the Greater Astoria Historical Society (GAHS) of the old stadiums’ demolition is giving fans a chance to revisit the fields that were havens for generations of fans.

“This exhibit is dedicated to two stadiums that were torn down in rapid succession,” said Bob Singleton, executive director of the GAHS. “Their demolition removed our physical connections to them, but their vivid memories will remain in the balance of our lives.”

The exhibit will run in the gallery of the GAHS in Long Island City until mid-September. Gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. The exhibition is the work of photographers Rich Scarpitta, Steve Spak and Rob Yasinsac.

“Far more than just bricks and rebar, they became a place of legend and myth, where the human experience was played out within their confines,” Singleton said. “To some they were hallowed ground. Watching giant machinery delicately pick apart the rubble was akin to witnessing a Jurassic ballet.”

Although the demolition was significant for fans, Singleton said it also held special meaning for the photographers and construction workers at the sites.

“Those who were a part of that experience were fully cognizant that they were witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime event,” Singleton said. “For the demo men, photographers, and the curious public alike, these extraordinary places etched something unforgettable into their souls one last time.”

The exhibit also seeks to represent the cycle of life and death, which the stadium’s construction taught current fans.

“In the wings awaits a new generation and memories yet to be made,” Singleton said.