Hey, hey, hey, hey what is going on at the Brooklyn Cyclones game on June 24?
If you read that sentence and immediately thought of Mr. Belding, then you might already have a good idea. The Cyclones — a New York Mets’ Single-A affiliate — have announced a “Salute to Saved by the Bell,” in which the team will wear custom “Saved by the Bell” jerseys and engage in a long list of Bayside High-themed hijinks.
The timing is good here, since Wednesday night on “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon cranked the “Saved by the Bell” nostalgia meter up to 100 with a much-talked about cast reunion that’s had the Internet buzzing. It’s unclear whether the Cyclones got lucky in their timing, moved up their announcement or scrambled to throw together this promo based on the hype. Here’s the “Saved by the Bell” jersey, which of course, has Zack Morris’ brick cell phone on it:
The Cyclones crushed it last season with a Seinfeld night that included a Keith Hernandez bobblehead and a number of inventive activities. They’re going the same route with their “Saved by the Bell” night. Here’s what they lined up already:
• Pre-game “Sprain” Dancing Competition
• A.C. Slater’s Sitting Backwards Musical Chairs
• I’m So Excited Fan Cam
• Mr. Tuttle’s Learner’s Permit On-Field Obstacle Course
• Screech Powers Chess Tournament on the Concourse Level
• Kiss Cam complete with the usual “WOOOOOOOOOOOW” sounds since our game will also be taped in front of a live studio audience
• Anyone named Johnny Dakota is banned from the ballpark because we “Say Nope to Dope”
• Oldest Cell Phone in the Ballpark Competition
• Friendship bracelet station on the concourse…singing “Friends Forever” will be optional.
• Zack Morris TIMEOUT Race Around the Bases – kids will race around the bases, but most stop in their tracks every time they hear TIMEOUT.
• After the game, fans with perms or wearing stonewashed jeans will be allowed to run the bases.
The “Oldest cell phone in the park” game is definitely a winner. But perhaps the best part of this is more subtle: The Cyclones’ opponents that night are the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Astros’ short Single-A affiliate. As any “Saved by the Bell” aficionado surely knows, the Bayside gang’s rival high school was … wait for it … Valley.
Well played, Brooklyn Cyclones.
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