Family, friends and fun at the ballpark

A young boy gives his grandfather a high five during the Ducks game July 24. Different generations of families come together at the Ducks games creating close bonds. (Photo by Julia Heming)
A young boy gives his grandfather a high five during the Ducks game July 24. Different generations of families come together at the Ducks games creating close bonds. (Photo by Julia Heming)

For almost two decades, spectators have enjoyed their time with family and friends at Long Island Ducks baseball games. 

“It’s all about affordable family fun,” said Michael Polak, Ducks director of media relations and broadcasting, at a press conference with the Greene Team at Bethpage Ballpark. “Something for everybody, no matter what age.”

Synthia Ruf, vice president of branding at Long Island Community Hospital, would agree. She brought her one-year-old son Marcus to his first Ducks baseball game on Wednesday night.

She is just one of more than six million patrons who attend Ducks games each year.

Matt Meenan, 16, has been attending games since he was four and has continued the tradition ever since. 

But for others, it was a first time experience.

Ricardo Zapata, who was at a game with his girlfriend, Alexis Hersh, said they had never been to a baseball game, and they enjoyed it.

“It’s all about family and making memories,” Hersh said. 

The reasonable price of Ducks tickets is also a huge plus to fans.

Individual Ducks tickets range from $13 to $15. In comparison, the average 2018 Major League Baseball ticket price was $76 on the secondary market, according to the latest available industry stats.

That’s a game changer for fans like Tim Comer, who was attending his second game at Bethpage Ballpark on Wednesday. He noted that ticket prices are “pretty affordable.”

That is a win-win for larger families like the Monasteros.

The family of four was at a game for the first time. They said the park had more to offer than major league baseball games. There were bouncy houses, pie-eating contests and games like spin-the-wheel to win a prize.

“There’s lots of stuff for the kids to do,” said Nick Monastero, who was there with wife Ashley and their two children, Madison and Nico. 

Brandon Eller,11, Devin Barnes,11, Zach Commike, 11, hope to catch a foul ball during the game. All three boys play baseball on the Lindernhurst team. Photo by Julia Heming,
Brandon Eller,11, Devin Barnes,11, and Zach Commike, 11, hope to catch a foul ball during the game. All three boys play baseball on the Lindernhurst team. (Photo by Julia Heming)

And there are also opportunities for kids to shine. Adam and Melissa Cenerelli were attending the game to watch their son perform a color guard routine with his boy scout troop. And their other son was on hand to cheer on his brother.

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