07/28/2008 5:56 AM
Former Cyclones Joe Smith and Carlos Muniz returned to Brooklyn on Thursday, and All-Star David Wright made his first visit to KeySpan Park. The trio of Mets caught the Thursday nightcap after beating the Phillies earlier in the day to take sole posession of first place in the NL East.
Smith and Muniz were dominant closers for the Cyclones who both started their professional careers in Brooklyn. Muniz pitched for the Cyclones in 2003 and 2004, while Smith pitched for Brooklyn in 2006 before making his big-league debut for the Mets in 2007.
Wright never played for the Cyclones (perhaps the only flaw in his brilliant young career thusfar), but thrilled the Brooklyn faithful with a first pitch. His childhood friend, Matt Smith, is an infielder for the Cyclones, and the Mets' third baseman was at KeySpan Park to cheer him on. "I've spoken to some of my teammates who played here, and they all say there's no better place to start your career," said Wright. "I'm glad I finally got to see the ballpark and get a feel for the Brooklyn fans."
Photograph by George Napolitano