On Saturday, Dan Murphy made his big-league debut (and got a hit in his first at-bat). On Sunday, Eddie Kunz made his big-league debut (and pitched a scoreles inning in relief). Not bad for a couple of Brooklyn boys.
OK, neither of them is actually from Brooklyn, but both called the borough home while playing for the Cyclones.
Murphy played for the Cyclones at the end of the 2006 season, hitting .241 (7-for-29) in eight games, and also played in the Cyclones' two playoff games that season. This year, Dan was back in Brooklyn, on a rehab assignment, and promptly hit .500 (7-for-14) in three games. Murphy was selected by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2006 draft, out of Jacksonville University in Florida.
Kunz (pictured, by George Napolitano) pitched for the Cyclones just last season, after being drafted by the Mets with the team's first pick of the 2007 draft (supplemental round, 42nd overall). He went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA, but showed flashes of the heavy sinker and fastball that made him a dominant closer at Oregon State University. Eddie becomes the second Cyclone to play for the Mets just one year after making his professional debut with Brooklyn, joining bullpen mate Joe Smith.
Murphy, Kunz, Smith, Carlos Muniz and Nick Evans make up a quintet of former Cyclones now playing for the New York Mets, the highest number of Cyclones alum that has ever been on the big-league team at the same time.
There are some familiar faces at Shea these days, and Cyclones fans can say "I saw them first!"