(CNN) - You expect a lot of applause and waving of campaign signs during speeches on election night–sign waving, not bat-wielding. But a baseball bat is precisely what New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino was holding at one point, when he conceded to Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
"I have a message for... the next governor of New York," Paladino told his supporters "I've always said my baseball bat is a metaphor for the people who want to take their government back. But this isn't my bat. After all, as our next governor you can grab this handle and bring the people with you to Albany or you can leave it untouched and run the risk of having it wielded against you."
Next came the homerun for his supporters "Make no mistake, you have not heard the last of Carl Paladino," he said with the bat still in his hand.
Over at the Cuomo celebration, the governer-elect told the crowd "the politics are over."
"It's not about being a Democrat, a Republican or independent. We are New Yorkers first," said Cuomo.
"We are going to be more united than we ever have been before, committed to reinventing this government and giving this state a government we can be proud of."
By the way, the Cuomo name may look familiar. The governor-elect is the son of the former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and former major league baseball prospect, who was recruited by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cuomos know a few things about baseball, too.