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The Muppets take Coney Island to make two little girls’ wishes come true

August 6, 2014 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Jessica (left) and Avalon Mercado had a chance to meet Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Photo by Rob Abruzzese

When Avalon Mercado hooked up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, her options were wide open, but once she saw that her and her family could fly to New York and meet The Muppets there was no other choice in her mind.

“Most kids choose to go to theme parks, but when they told me I could meet the Muppets, I just said, ‘Oh my gosh, of course,’” Mercado said. “I mean, they’re timeless, always entertaining and put a smile on your face even during difficulties.”

So Mercado was flown to New York from Atlanta along with another little girl, Jessica, to meet the Muppets during the Brooklyn Cyclones game on Monday and it was literally a dream come true for the pair.

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“It was hard not to act like a dork around them once they started doing the voices,” Mercado said. “He even picked up my own Kermit the Frog and started doing the voice for him. That was one of the best parts.”

With Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, Statler and Waldorf and Sweetums in attendance at MCU Park in Coney Island on Monday, it was the largest collection of Muppets to ever attend a baseball game in the history of the characters.

Sweetums threw out the first pitch, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and Gonzo were there for the meet and greet with Mercado and Jessica as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Statler and Waldorf entertained the crowd from the scoreboard in between innings. A few select fans were also given copies of the new movie the Muppets Most Wanted during the game.


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