The New York Mets announced that 2010 Mets Hall of Fame inductee Darryl Strawberry will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Citi Field, 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 (252) and RBI (733), will be enshrined in the Mets Hall of Fame during a special pre-game ceremony Sunday, August 1. Former Mets teammate Dwight Gooden will also be honored that day. 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. Shea Stadium was the Mets former home. Generations of Shea's family, including his son, Bill Shea, Jr. and daughter, Kathy Shea Anfuso, will be on hand for the ceremonies.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times