Red Wings season ticket holder watches grandson take the field as a Charlotte Knight

June 14, 2019 06:42 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- It's a Friday night and the Red Wings are home, which means it's time for baseball, fireworks, and for one player on the visiting team, family.

Danny Mendick is an infielder for the Charlotte Knights. He's hitting .265 with 34 runs batted in this season, and while this is Charlotte's first time at Frontier Field this season, Danny is a veteran at Frontier. 

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"I just remember coming every Friday night. It was always firework night and we'd try to catch foul balls. It's an awesome experience," says Danny.

Danny grew up in Pittsford and played in a high school all-star game at Frontier Field, but Friday night is his first time back to Rochester as a professional.

"I always remember playing catch in the grass, the smell of the field," says Danny, "It made me realize what I wanted to do. You go home and play in the back yard, it's totally different when you come out here in front of the fans. It made me want to do this one day and it's a dream to be here."

Danny's dream is also a dream come true for his family. His grandpa, Bill Mendick, has had Red Wings season tickets for 71 years. He is the longest-tenured Red Wings season ticket-holder. 

"I'm very proud. I couldn't be more proud than to have a grandson be in professional baseball," says Bill Mendick.

The Mendicks tell News10NBC that they bought 30 extra tickets for Friday's game and expect even more friends and family to come out to watch Danny face his hometown team.


Rich Donnelly

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