Get ready for the 2nd annual NYC Super Craft Beer Festival at Watermark Bar on Pier 15 this Saturday July 30 th . This all-day event will have over 80 craft breweries showcasing their best beer and ciders and the “Cocktail Guru” will be on-site making cocktails using craft beers featured at the fest. While enjoying a breathtaking panorama of the Brooklyn skyline, Watermark will be serving up delectable dishes to pair with your favorite beer and ciders.
Tonight, 710 WOR-AM, the New York Mets’ radio flagship iHeart station, will once again open the vaults to re-air the now-iconic game from September 21, 2001, in which Mike Piazza hit the first home run for a New York team after the terrorist attacks of September 11. This special rebroadcast will serve as a lead-up to Saturday evening’s ceremony at Citi Field in which the Mets will retire newly-minted Hall of Famer Piazza’s number.
The Tapped Beer Festival at the Barclays in Brooklyn was fun and well organized; every attendee received a tasting cup and map that listed all the breweries at the venue and where their tasting booths were located. This event was also easy to get to by train, which promoted save travels. They had plenty of fun games to play at the event including a jumbo-sized beer pong game (garbage pails were filled with water, red food coloring and a volleyball was used instead of a ping pong ball), cornhole, a giant jenga game, and ECR4KIDS (Connect Four). There were plenty of great beers and ciders to sample at the event.
Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza Formally Inducted into Hall of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza rewrote the record books during their historic big league careers.
On Sunday, Griffey and Piazza were part of baseball lore once more, as their Hall of Fame induction brought historic crowds to Cooperstown. And along the way, both were moved to tears by the magnitude of the moment.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed two new members on Sunday at the Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown. With 48 returning Hall of Famers on the stage at the Clark Sports Center and a national television audience on MLB Network, an estimated crowd of 50,000 fans – the second-largest gathering in Induction history – basked in the sun at the home of the National Pastime.
Piazza led off the Ceremony, emotionally thanking the writers who elected him, his Class of 2016 classmate Griffey and his childhood heroes Mike Schmidt and Johnny Bench. During 28 minutes at the podium, Piazza’s voice cracked with emotion several times.
“Nobody gets here alone,” Piazza said, who also thanked his former manager Tommy Lasorda, former hitting coach Reggie Smith and former Dodgers teammate Eric Karros, among others. “And how can I put into words my love and appreciation for New York Mets fans. Looking back into this crowd of blue and orange brings me back to the greatest time of my life. The thing I miss most is making you cheer.”
Piazza also acknowledged the first responders from the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City – drawing a long, appreciative cheer from the crowd – then turned to his family.
“My father’s faith in me, often greater than my own, is the single most important factor in me being elected into this Hall of Fame,” Piazza said. “We made it, Dad. The race is over. Now it’s time to smell the roses.”
The usually stoic Griffey also broke down repeatedly – to the applause of the thousands of Mariners fans who made the 2,800-plus mile trip to Cooperstown, turning the Induction Site green and white…where it was not Mets blue and orange.
“I stand up here humbled and overwhelmed,” Griffey said, who spoke for 21 minutes. “I got to play this game for 22 years, and I wouldn’t trade it in for anything. I got a front-row seat to the greatest team ever assembled, the 1975 and 1976 Big Red Machine. And I got to wear the same Reds uniform as my Dad.
“I’m going to leave you with one thing: Out of my 22 years, I’ve learned that only one team will treat you the best. And that’s your first team. I’m very proud to be a Seattle Mariner.”
Then Griffey donned a ball cap, turned it around in his trademark style, and smiled.
“I’d like to thank the Mariners, Reds and White Sox for making this kid’s dream come true.”
Other highlights from Sunday included:
**The 2016 Award Winners were honored on the Induction Ceremony stage: J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe, and Graham McNamee, who was posthumously honored with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters. New York City Battalion Fire Chief Vin Mavaro was also recognized following his emotional speech at Saturday’s Awards Presentation. Transcripts of the Awards Presentation speeches are available at www.baseballhall.org/media-info.
**Sunday’s estimated crowd of 50,000 fans at the Clark Sports Center tied the 1999 crowd as the second-largest in the history of the Induction Ceremony. The 2007 Ceremony drew an estimated 82,000 fans, the 1999 Ceremony crowd was estimated at 50,000 and the 2014 crowd was estimated at 48,000. In the last three Induction Ceremonies, the average estimated attendance has been 47,667.
**Alexandra Fassler, a native of nearby Oneonta, N.Y., delivered a stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
**During the introduction of returning Hall of Famers, thunderous standing ovations came for several Hall of Famers, including Randy Johnson, Whitey Ford and Joe Torre. Fifty Hall of Famers – including the Class of 2016 – took the stage in Cooperstown to participate in the Induction Ceremony. The Ceremony lasted one hour and 55 minutes
Transcripts of Sunday’s Induction Ceremony speeches of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be available this evening at www.baseballhall.org/media-info.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2017 Induction Weekend will take place July 28-31, with the Induction Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, July 30. For more information, please visit www.baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/future-eligibles.
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