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KMets Pay Tribute to the Original Long Island Iced Tea

August 9, 2018 - Appalachian League (ApL) - Kingsport Mets News Release

KINGSPORT, TN. -The Kingsport Mets and Visit Kingsport are joining forces on Friday, August 24th to celebrate the original Long Island Iced Tea created right here on Long Island, Kingsport, TN.

Celebrating in true Kingsport fashion, this special home game includes a single-game name change in which the club will be known as the 'Long Island Iced Teas" in all references throughout the game.

Players and coaches will sport special, one-time-only jerseys that showcase the original long island iced tea design. Starting at the third inning of the game, fans will have an opportunity to buy a game-worn jersey for $50, while supplies last. Proceeds from the jersey sales will go to the KPLAY Foundation and the development of the Miracle Field here in Kingsport.

Adding to the fun out at the ballpark, there will be live music pre-game along with samples of Kingsport's original long island iced tea. The folks at Visit Kingsport will also be out selling Long Island Iced Tea merchandise.

Kingsport's Original Long Island Iced Tea story begins in the 1920's in the midst of prohibition. Charles Bishop, aka "Old Man Bishop" is known for creating the original Long Island Iced Tea recipe while residing on Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee. Packing quite the "punch", the original recipe includes five liquors and maple syrup. In the 1940's, Old Man Bishop's son, Ransom Bishop tweaked the original recipe by adding lemon, lime and cola.

In early May, Kingsport, Tennessee reclaimed a piece of its history stating that the city was home to the Original Long Island Iced Tea. The Visit Kingsport team offered condolences with the southernism "bless your heart" to the folks up in Long Island, New York and ruffled a quite a few feathers. Butch Yamali, owner of Hudsons on the Mile, a prominent restaurant along the nautical mile in Freeport, New York challenged Kingsport to a "Battle of the Beverage" for bragging rights to the Best Long Island Iced Tea. As expected, in true Southern fashion, the Visit Kingsport team graciously accepted. Armed with mixologists and the Bishop's original recipe, the Kingsport team headed to New York, but lost round one of the competition. The score was settled when Yamali and the Hudsons' team traveled to Kingsport for round two and lost by a unanimous vote of 5-0. A tie-breaker on neutral territory is in the works, but no details have been made at this time.

Long Island Iced Tea Night is Friday, August 24th against the Burlington Royals. First pitch is slated for 6:30pm with gates opening at 5:30pm. Hunter Wright Stadium is located at 800 Granby Rd., just off Stone Drive.

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