Is Jersey Mike’s Open on 4th of July weekend a great deal? Well, no one seemed to complain about it much. I mean, the fact that they played the 1st place match for the country against arch-rival Australia was a bit cool, but hey, what’s important? And how about their 4-game World Series victory against Cuba, the last Caribbean team to win the trophy? The crowd was pumped up and extremely respectful of what the Aussies had accomplished in achieving this feat.
So, how did it all happen? Well, the New York Yankees was not the only team to qualify for the tournament. Actually, there were quite a few qualifying teams that made it through to the open championship rounds. The difference between these guys and the Yankees is that the Yanks went undefeated in their season Opener and won their series against the A’s, while the other teams barely made it to the playoffs as cellar dwellers. But when the playoffs were just around the corner, things suddenly changed for the better for Jersey Mike’s Open. Indeed, they have been a force since then, winning six of their last seven games, including two out of three in the Bronx.
There are a lot of reasons for this phenomenal success. Head coach Joe Girardi knows that his team needs an injection of enthusiasm in order to keep them fired up during the games. The players realize that if they don’t perform to their maximum potential during every game that counts, they will surely be heading for the door. On top of that, they seem to understand that having a healthy and exciting outfield is very important. When the team finds itself in a hole, as it often does during the year, their best hitter, designated hitter and every other position player is ready to go out there and put forth a complete effort, because they know that they are going to get a hit no matter what.
Another reason why the Islanders have been a great team all year is the locker room. All the players are well-liked by all and the entire team seems to bond together like no other group of players. In fact, only the New York Yankees has been able to win more games than the Islanders this season.
Of course, the fact that the Islanders are an excellent team this year has everything to do with the food at Coney Island on the Fourth of July. It is customary to offer tickets for this special day to everyone who attends the game. Those in the family can even bring a bottle of champagne or wine along. If you are going to be spending time in Coney Island on the 4th of July, make sure you stop by the Fanatics Fan Club House before the game and purchase your VIP admission tickets. You will be able to enjoy delicious hot dogs, popcorn and other great food.
The next time you plan on celebrating the 4th of July, make sure that you stay in New York. Do not think that because you are in the big apple you are exempt from enjoying the traditional American holiday. There are plenty of events happening around town that evening that you will be sure to see something that includes the Islanders.