Syracuse Mets held a big Polish Heritage Night on July 31st. My first move was to check to make sure there was a home game at NBT Bank Stadium that night.
As a Polish man I am allowed to make this joke.
As local populations vary these Heritage Nights are a great way to tap into niche groups and present a different atmosphere and food at games….and you never know what local celebrities might be involved…see below.
It’s Polish Heritage night here at NBT Bank Stadium and there is no better way to celebrate than with some delicious Polish food!
We’ve got golumpki, pierogi, kielbasa, and Polish Beer tonight only 🇵🇱
— Syracuse Mets (@SyracuseMets) July 31, 2019
As I poked around about Polish Night, I found this great note from the Toledo Blade about the Mud Hens Polish Night:
Toledo Mayor Kapszukiewicz and Muddy have ties that go back. When the mayor was 18, he too took on the responsibility of being mascot for the Mud Hens.
“In 1991, I was interning with the Mud Hens. The original mascot had some type of family emergency, so I volunteered to take his place,” Mr. Kapszukiewicz said.
The mayor said the costume that he wore during his time was far less flattering than the one now.
“When I come to games with my kids, I always make it a point to say, ‘look how easy the Mud Hen has it now. Not only does he have a nice suit, but he has a girlfriend. There was no Muddonna back in my day,’” the mayor said. (Blade)