FLUSHING, N.Y. – The New York Mets Saturday announced that 2010 Mets Hall of Fame inductee Darryl Strawberry will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Citi Field, this Monday, April 5 ,when the Mets host the Florida Marlins at 1:10 p.m.
Strawberry, the club’s all-time leader in home runs and RBI, will be enshrined in the Mets Hall of Fame during a special pre-game ceremony Sunday, Aug. 1.
Four United States combat veterans, Former Captain Meredith Melcher, Former Sergeant Daniel Jens, Former Staff Sergeant (Retired) Ron Henry and Former Sergeant David Clemo, who served on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan form “4TROOPS,” who will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America. Their debut self-titled CD will be released by Sony on May 11.
More than 140 veterans representing all five U.S. Armed Services – Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy – will be on the field during the pre-game presentation of a football field-size American flag.
The bridge located beyond the right-centerfield wall at Citi Field will be dedicated and renamed “Shea Bridge” in honor of Bill Shea, who was the driving force in bringing National League baseball back to New York. Generations of Shea’s family, including his son, Bill Shea, Jr. and daughter, Kathy Shea Anfuso, will be on hand for the ceremonies.
The Mets are encouraging fans to take mass transit to Mets home games at Citi Field this season. The 7 train is the fast, convenient, and “green” way to travel to the game. The Mets-Willets Point stop is adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
The Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington Branch from Penn Station or Woodside has half-hourly service with the ride from Manhattan just 16 minutes. For those coming from the northern suburbs, all Metro-North trains on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines connect with the 7 train.