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Brooklyn Cyclones mascot, Sandy the Seagull’s New York bar mitzvah

A grand slam simcha!

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The Beach Bums escort Sandy the Seagull onto the field for his bar mitzvah.
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Gary Perone, Director of New Business Development for the Brooklyn Cyclones, lights a candle at Sandy the Seagull’s bar mitzvah.
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Sandy the Seagull celebrates his bar mitzvah with a cake … and the Cyclones’ 4-3 win against the Hudson Valley Renegades!
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Sandy the Seagull gets lifted in a chair at his bar mitzvah on the Cyclone’s field.
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Rabbi Steve Meltz, who performed Sandy’s bar mitzvah, throws out the first pitch.
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Rabbi Steve Meltz squeezes a baby-naming ceremony for Denise and Robert Weiner between innings! The baby is 5-month-old, Sara Weiner.

Man, they grow up so fast!

The Brooklyn Cyclones’ beloved mascot, Sandy the Seagull, turned 13 this year and, in keeping with his Jewish faith (he is named for Sandy Koufax, who famously refused to play on Yom Kippur, after all) he began his journey into adulthood with a ceremonial bar mitzvah — and an entire stadium of guests were invited to the party!

The team celebrated Jewish Heritage Night at MCU Park on Sunday, June 23, with the bar mitzvah of the century, which took place before the 5 pm game against the Hudson Valley Renegades.

“It’s been a great 13 years with Sandy,” Cyclones general manager Steve Cohen said. “It’s great to have this night to celebrate Sandy and the different fans that come to our games.”

The number 18 signifies life in the Jewish faith; so 18 rabbits threw out the ceremonial first pitch, a record number at MCU Park. The players also took the field wearing special uniforms that spelled out “Cyclones” in Hebrew. The jerseys were later auctioned off for charity.

It was a meshugenah but beautiful night! Mazel tov, Sandy!

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