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Appearing in Brooklyn, Not Dem Bums, but Mets By DIANE CARDWELL
T hey have waited ? not patiently, not quietly ? for someone to right the
wrong done Brooklyn back in '57, when the storied Dodgers left Flatbush
for the warmth of Los Angeles.
And at the end of this month, they will get their wish: the return of a
major league baseball team to Brooklyn. It will not exactly be Dem Bums,
and it will only be for one brief, shining moment. But when the Mets hold
the team's final preseason workout ? at KeySpan Park in Coney Island at
1 p.m. on Sunday, March 30 ? they may begin to heal a wound so tightly
bound to the borough's identity that it thrives in the imaginings even
of those who never saw Ebbets Field.
"We knew this day would eventually come, when the great mistake of '57
is finally corrected," the Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz,
who attended Dodger games in his youth, said, "and I predict that the
Mets will fall head over heels in love with Brooklyn and never want to
go back to Queens."
Mets officials said they had no plans to play a major league game in
KeySpan Park, the home of the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones, because the
stadium seats only a small fraction of what Shea Stadium can hold. But
the workout, an event rarely open to the public, will give fans at
KeySpan Park a more intimate view of Mike Piazza, Mo Vaughn and Cliff
Floyd engaged in a ritual of stretching, running and batting.
Many of the 8,000 tickets available for the event have been set aside for
Cyclones season ticket holders and the stadium's neighbors, officials
said, but a few thousand will be available free at the Cyclones ticket
office in Coney Island, beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow. There is a limit
of four tickets a person.
Fred Wilpon, chairman and chief executive officer of both the Mets
and the Cyclones, said that it was nostalgic for him to take part in
bringing major league baseball back to the borough where he grew up,
"if only for a workout."
He and his son, Jeff, the executive vice president and chief operating
officer of the Mets and the Cyclones, will donate any money from beverage
and other sales that day to charities serving children in Coney Island,
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