Buffalo, NY - Members of the D'Youville baseball team got an opportunity of the lifetime Tuesday as they traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to work game one of the World Series.
Several players on the team were asked to help work concessions at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. The concession stands are run by Buffalo-based business, Delaware North. The team has experience working concessions as they operate a stand at New Era Field every Sunday for Buffalo Bills home games.
Team captain and starting shortstop Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) was ecstatic about the team's opportunity to go to the World Series.
"As a baseball player and fan, it was a surreal opportunity for us," said Macrides. "The atmosphere was amazing. It was great for our program to experience the game and also make money for our team."
Joining Macrides in working were seniors Mike LiPani (Irondequoit, NY/Irondequoit) and Kevin Kabacinski (Buffalo, NY/St. Joe's) as well as sophomores Khaled Numan-Ali (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga), Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) and Matt Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden).
The team left from New Era Field early Tuesday morning and rode the bus to Cleveland. They did not return until 4am the following morning, but Critelli, sophomore Will Pack (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint) and freshman Brendan Burke (Collegeville,PA/Spring-ford) made the trip back on Wednesday to work game two.
The Spartans were assigned a stand in the 500 level and sold hot dogs, beverages, pretzels and popcorn. They worked with other local baseball teams such as Hilbert and Brockport.