I've been a fan of the Cyclones from day 1. I was a season ticket holder for many years. Brooklyn's first professional sports team since the Dodgers went west- it was a proud day for all Brooklynites when we could see our borough's name on that uniform. It really stirred a sense of pride in the community. So what have the Wilpons done? They've bastardized the name of my hometown.
Yesterday the Cyclones sent an email blast alerting people that they were renaming the team "Baracklyn Cyclones" on June 23rd.
According to their website - "Can a minor league team change the name of baseball's most legendary borough? YES WE CAN!"
OK, so it's a 1-day promotion - but come on, that has got to be the worst play on the name Brooklyn. Hell, as much as I hate it, Crooklyn was even better.
Minor league teams come up with great promotions all the time (see St. Paul Siants, Hudson Valley Renegades). But this just sounds so bad.
Of course there will be special jerseys that the players will wear that day (and you can bet that the Wilpons will sell those jerseys in the Baracklyn Team Store).