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The Staten Island Yankees are the short season Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees

Baby Bombers capture NY-Penn title

It was a line drive down the left field line off the bat of Reegie Corona, and catcher Joe Burke sprinted home with the winning run. Men in pinstripes sprinted onto the field in celebration while thousands in attendance cheered from the stands.

After finishing in last place in the NY-Penn League in 2004, this triumph was a welcomed turn-around for those who were with the Baby Bombers last year.

"It was just unbelievable," said catcher P.J. Pilittere. "After finishing where we did last year, to come all the way back and go worst to first, there's just not a better feeling in the world."

First base coach Troy Caradonna struggled through the dark times as a player, but recognizes how hard it is to reach the top level.

"These guys worked hard all season long," said Caradonna in the midst of the clubhouse celebration. "This is a special group of guys, and they deserve this."

"I was never fortunate enough to experience this as a player, but it's pretty great to go through this as a coach."

Even the Staten Island skipper, former big league Yankee, Andy Stankiewicz had seen his share of Baby Bomber struggles. Stankiewicz was the manager here in 2003, when the Yankees finished low the NY-Penn League standings.

It was a great year for a great team. And although some of the boys will have all winter to look back on their triumph, others will be shipped off to instructional camps and the Arizona Fall League. Most of these guys will be in other levels of the organization next season, but they all have their eyes on one goal, wherever they might be: winning another championship.