June 22, 2006-
Like every bad situation in both life and
baseball, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
While the positive feelings many Brooklyn
Cyclones fans have about the team’s pitching staff may be in question right now, the team itself believes that by the
end of the season fans will get nothing less than the great pitching they’ve grown accustomed to during the team’s
six years in Coney Island.
“Everybody on this staff has great
stuff and the potential to move up and go where they want to go. It all starts here, this is our big leagues,” said
Cyclones reliever Tim Haines, who, like six other pitchers on the team, hasn’t pitched yet in this young season.
Haines and Jeremy Mizell, another Cyclone
pitcher who hasn’t appeared in a game as of yet, feel confident enough that in time, the team will not only be successful,
but might even be able to have a lower ERA than last year.
“Last year’s team did have
a pretty good ERA,” said Mizell. It’s definitely something to shoot for, to be a little better than they were.”
|The struggles of Eric Domangue (above) and others aren't enough to hurt the Cyclones confidence
The Cyclones team ERA last season was a
stellar 3.43, a far cry away from the 12.50 ERA the team has after just two games in 2006. But playing in Brooklyn is different; fans are knowledgeable
and expect results from this young team, even this early in the season; sometimes at break neck speeds.
Nevertheless, even Brooklyn’s
toughest fans have to find it hard to jeer this young pitching staff after only two games. With that being said, they still
expect to see results inducing a water cooler ruckus at work the day following any game played in Coney Island.
Acknowledging that, Haines feels comfortable
things will turn around.
“We’re going to be good; we’re
going to be tough.”
All Photographs for this article were taken by Conroy Walker