The 30th anniversary of Sidd Finch's "signing" with the New York Mets has passed, but the Brooklyn Cyclones still plan on celebrating in style.
On Aug. 26, the Mets' short-season Single A affiliate will host a "Sidd Finch 30th Anniversary Celebration" in honor of the legendary April 1, 1985 Sports Illustrated story by George Plimpton that told the "story" of a lanky righthander who could throw 168 MPH. Of course, it was an April Fools' Day joke—one of the best, considering the tale has lived long enough to warrant a 30th anniversary celebration and even garner an ESPN 30-for-30 short telling Finch's "story."
Accordingly, the Cyclones will give away Sidd Finch bobbleheads to the first 2,500 fans in attendance at MCU Park. The Cyclones will also wear uniforms inspired by the 1985 Mets' outfit and sporting a Sidd Finch 30th Anniversary patch on the right sleeve. The uniforms will be raffled off at the game and later auctioned off online.
Other plans for the night include the national anthem being played a French Horn player—the instrument was among the few items Finch "kept" in his Harvard room—pre-game yoga on the field to celebrate Finch's "mastery of mind and body," a speed pitch competition and discounted bleacher tickets at the price of $1.68 for anyone named Sidd.
We're obviously partial to the tale of Sidd Finch, but the Cyclones seem to have put together one of the best minor league promotions in some time.
- Mike Fiammetta