Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Staten Island Yankees, One of NYC’s Hidden Gems

It seems like just yesterday New Yorkers were digging their cars out of two feet of snow, but as the spring comes into season as does baseball season. While the big league Bronx Bombers are spending their last few days with their families before spring training most of the Yankees minor leaguers are playing in leagues around the country or even the world trying to earn an extra paycheck, and valuable experience. The most popular of the Yankees minor league affiliates are by far the Staten Island Yankees, to citizens like FrankCamuso, they are the pride of Staten Island.

While a trip to the Bronx can take over 3 hours roundtrip, and cost upward of $100 per ticket, lucky Staten Islanders, like Frank Camuso, can bring their entire families out to watch the young players of the future, for fraction of the cost! The Staten Island Yankees were brought to Staten Island in 1999, and were an instant hit with the local baseball fans, like Frank Camuso and his wife Christine. Besides being cheaper, the games also provide fans of the Yankees the ability to see players of the future. Rather than watching a bunch of spoiled millionaires, fans get to watch young players, hungry to earn a spot on the major league Yankees, the most famous sports organization in the world.

One of the most beloved parts of Staten Island Yankee games is all the family fun to be had at the ballpark. The SI Yankees play at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, a far cry from Yankee Stadium but a quaint field, with good food, and a number of activities available for families, adults, and kids of all ages. Frank Camuso, a Staten Island Yankees fan since the beginning, has brought his kids to games for the better part of the last decade. From a dunk tank, to t-shirt giveaways, arcade games, and trivia challenges, theres much more to do then watch the game. And the tickets are so well-priced that parents never seem to mind. A fan favorite amongst Staten Island Yankee fans, like Frank Camuso, is also the post game fireworks. For about 10-20 games every season, the SI Yankees, hold a post-game fireworks show for the fans. A spectacular event for kids and adults alike. If you have time, definitely take the time out to watch a Staten Island Yankee game this season.