It was another win for the boys in blue.
Members of the 66th Precinct beat the Boro Park Shomrim in Councilmember David Greenfield’s fourth annual Greenfield Classic softball game, held in late August.
The 66th Precinct won with a score of 24-9 to level the all-time series at two games each. Greenfield has hosted the game each year since taking office in 2010 as a way to show the community’s appreciation for law enforcement.
This year, hundreds of residents flocked to St. Athanasius’ sports complex on 20th Avenue near the border of Boro Park and Bensonhurst to enjoy complimentary sandwiches, hot dogs, snacks and other refreshments.
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks III. Local activist Jerry Mandaro sang the National Anthem.
“Once again it was great to see so many residents, especially families and children, come out for this annual neighborhood tradition,” Greenfield said. “My congratulations to the NYPD on their decisive victory and to Shomrim for a hard-fought game. I know that everyone who came out had a great time and I am already looking forward to next year’s rematch.”
“Councilman Greenfield did a wonderful job of bringing Boro Park Shomrim, the NYPD and the community together for a relaxing evening and some good natured camaraderie,” said Motty Katz, Boro Park Shomrim coordinator and team captain. “Despite the final score, it was a great game and we are definitely looking forward to a victory next year.”
Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo, commanding officer of the 66th Precinct, added, “This is a great way to end the summer and a great example of the community and police coming together,” he said. “Shomrim members are literally our partners in fighting crime in the community and without them we wouldn’t be as successful, so it is great to have a chance to come together for a beautiful night.”