Congratulations Boris Royzen, our relentless reader who campaigned to win the chance to throw the first pitch at MCU Park (Cyclones Stadium) during tomorrow’s Sheepshead Bites Night!

Royzen garnered more than 50 percent of the vote (351 votes) – besting two other candidates for the opportunity of a lifetime. And he did it all by promising to make an ass out of himself.

It was a competition to end all competitions; one that tells us much about the human condition. Readers were presented with three options: a bonafide hero, a loser begging for redemption, or Royzen, a guy who was just willing to embarrass himself the most. And, with the votes tallied, Royzen’s victory shows what our readers care about most: humiliation.

We wouldn’t have it any other way, and neither would Royzen. The former high school swimming star is pulling out his old purple Leon M. Goldstein H.S. speedos and slapping on a Sheepshead Bites sticker, then taking to the mound to throw the first pitch. And he’s got a conscience, too. Moved by the story of fellow contestant Joseph Brodoff, a local hero who, after his wife’s death, created several facilities and programs that assist cancer patients at two city hospitals, Royzen said he’ll be making a contribution to the foundation’s cause.

But, for now, it’s the game he’s looking forward to. Sort of.

“I’m nervous and excited,” said the 27-year-old owner of Gravesend-based B&T Marlboro Pharmacy (2845 86th Street). “I really hope it doesn’t rain.”

Well, we really hope only one ball makes an appearance on the mound…

Sheepshead Bites Night at MCU Park (Cyclones Stadium) is tomorrow, August 19, at 6:30 p.m. Discounted tickets for Sheepshead Bites readers can be bought here with the promo code “BITES.” There will be a pre-game presentation in which Sheepshead Bites promotes the neighborhood with videos on the jumbotron, a performance by students from the Covenant Ballet Theater of Brooklyn’s Dance Academy, a ceremony honoring St. Mark Catholic Church for it’s 150th year honoring the community, and free t-shirts launched into the crowd (shirts will also be for sale on the mezzanine).

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  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    I’m looking forward to it….  Umm, I mean the game, not the dude in the speedo… Yeah, hope those t-storms go around the stadium. Let it rain on Gerritsen Beach or something…

  • guest

    the poll was rigged!

    • Barkingspider7

      Why would you say that?  I know that you probably wanted the hero guy to win, and to tell you the truth, I thought he would.  But with the strange sense of humor everyone  here seems to have, the guy in the speedo was a shoe in! 

      • Ss

        No the poll could of been easily hacked. I want a recount! just like they had in florida

    • Barkingspider7

      Why would you say that?  I know that you probably wanted the hero guy to win, and to tell you the truth, I thought he would.  But with the strange sense of humor everyone  here seems to have, the guy in the speedo was a shoe in! 

  • Georgia

    You will do fine Boris we will be cheering you on from all around the field.  I hope is does not rain it could be a mess & we don’t need that. Who ever has sheepsheadbites shirts put them on this way we can see each other. I think we will be scattered.

  • Girl Scout Mom

    The poor Girl Scouts =(

    • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

      Mom, keep the girl scouts off Bay 1 and 2, because it’s almost standard swimwear out there  :)

      • Girl Scout Mom

        Thanks, will do !!!
        Its all in fun, and I cant wait to take pics of the girls faces when they see him take the mound….he he he   I hope the weather allows us all to enjoy and have fun.

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    The call girl story that broke a few weeks ago must have caught some Russians with their pants down.  And this guy is voluntarily….  geez, only a sick mind would connect the two stories I guess. Never mind.

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