In a tradition that started after the attacks of September 11, the New York Mets today announced they will honor New York City First Responders by wearing hats from the city agencies during batting practice and the National Anthem prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, September 11 at Citi Field.
“We want to thank Major League Baseball, Commissioner Selig and Joe Torre for their support of honoring these agencies for their heroic actions that day,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon.
The Gies family will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to honor fallen FDNY hero Ronnie Gies, of Squad 228 in Maspeth, Queens, who lost his life on September 11. Carol, and her sons, Tommy, Ronnie and Bobby will be on the mound for the first pitch. Tommy is a fireman with Ladder 147 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Ronnie is a fireman with Ladder 175 in East New York, Brooklyn, and Bobby recently took the test to become a fireman.
“I always tried to be at Shea or Citi Field on 9/11, ...