Blog: Home Run Derby Party at Slate NY
With the Major League Baseball All-Star Game finally returning to the Big Apple, New Yorkers of all walks of life are at a fever pitch for anything baseball related. From MLB sponsored FanFests to drink specials all over town for the Mid-Summer Classic, everyone is trying to get in on the festivities. On Monday night, the popular Flatiron sports lounge Slate would play host to an exclusive Home Run Derby party, officially hosted by guest DJ and America’s Got Talent’s Nick Cannon alongside some very special guests.
The Slate doors opened wide allowing VIP guests and ticket holders into the gigantic and beautifully designed space, about an hour before the first pitch would be thrown. Right from the word go, baseball was in the air. Although tickets to much of the weekend’s interactive affairs were incredibly difficult to procure at nearby Citi Field, the folks at production team Talent Resources would pull out all the stops for their very own Derby party. As guests arrived and grabbed some pre-Derby drinks, heads began turning almost instantly when legendary New York Mets’ Darryl Strawberry and John Franco made their way into the venue. Both Mets greats were thrilled to be in attendance on a night where their team was very much in the spotlight. Both Strawberry and Franco took a fair amount of time to let the flash bulbs pop as they joked around with each other on the red carpet. Moments later both men would head to the back of the house to autograph baseballs and photos for a long snaking line of die hard Mets fans who were more than happy to wait to meet their heroes.
With all this fan centric baseball action happening all around us, it was time to take a pause and grab something to eat. Luckily the folks at Lyfe Kitchen were on hand to provide some snacks like vegetable topped flatbreads, sweet corn chowder and a delectable berry and chocolate based dessert. As the derby was about to commence, everyone in the house focused on one of several oversized HD projection screens. Even classic crooner Tony Orlando made his arrival just in time for the action to begin. Armed with his trademark mustache, Orlando remarked to everyone around him his anticipation to see some homers launched into history.
As the evening rolled on, the capacity crowd cheered like true blue New Yorkers for every jaw dropping home run, watching Yoenis Cespedes knock out seventeen home runs in the first round and six in the second, then capping his night with a final barrage of nine home runs to become the first non-All-Star to win the event. Each pulverizing moonbeam received some hooting and hollering from the crowd on hand, behind broadcaster Chris Berman’s ‘Back, Back, Back’ echoing over the speakers. Once the champion had been crowned, Slate welcomed in media mogul Nick Cannon to DJ the party to the wee hours of morning, owning the wheels of steel to drive and completing a marathon evening combining signature elements of celebrity, baseball, and partying. And in the end, this crowd played ball and partied hard.
- Jay Rubin