At every home game at Citi Field, the Mets salute the "Veteran of the Game," presented by First Data. A player presents the honoree with an American flag that flew over Citi Field and Citi Vision plays a segment showcasing the soldier's achievements while serving in the military.
The Mets have invited transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses to take part in an invaluable opportunity to help with the next stage of their lives. The Military Transition Summit will be an all-day event and will contain a variety of resources that help with different aspects of transitioning into civilian life.
Mets pitcher Steven Matz started Tru32 presented by SecureWatch 24 as a way to say thank you to first responders of the FDNY, NYPD and military. Steven and the Mets invite 32 true heroes out to the ballpark during the season to watch batting practice, receive a Tru32 t-shirt, and engage in a meet and greet with the left-hander from Long Island.
Mets Chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon, Manager Mickey Callaway and the team along with Mr. Met visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Players signed autographs, posed for photos, and shared a meal with the members of the military. Some Mets players enjoyed a game of air hockey and shot hoops with some of the children at the event, even letting them win a game or two.
Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson and Mets Hall of Famer Mookie Wilson visited the Brooklyn VA to thank veterans for their service and to talk all things baseball. Sandy and Mookie took questions from the audience, posed for photos and signed autographs. Brooklyn Cyclones executives and mascot Sandy the Seagull also joined the visit and gave out Cyclones hats to go along with Mets t-shirts.
The Mets continued their tradition of visiting firehouses every year since the 9/11 attacks to honor and remember the brave men and women of the FDNY who sacrificed their lives to help others during the tragic event. This year Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki and Paul Sewald visited firefighters in Engine 219 Ladder 105 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The firehouse lost seven members on September 11.
The players toured the firehouse, sat in the fire trucks, tried on gear and viewed the firehouse's 9/11 memorial. The members of the firehouse received t-shirts and tickets to an upcoming game.
Members from the five branches of the U.S. Military were invited to Citi Field for the third annual Mets Military Softball Classic presented by First Data. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard all competed in a round robin softball tournament on the field before a Mets game. The Navy/Coast Guard team took home the trophy with a tournament best record. General Manager Sandy Alderson, a retired Marine, along with several Mets players greeted all the participants and presented each one of them with Mets Challenge Coins in appreciation for their service. Following all the action, members of the military and their families enjoyed a buffet in the Bullpen Plaza and watched the lunar eclipse along with the team.
The Mets invited heroes from NYPD and PAPD to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Opening Day 2018 at Citi Field. In October 2017, an individual entered the West Side bicycle path and struck a number of pedestrians and bicyclists, killing eight and injuring dozens more. Thanks to the bravery of four NYPD officers from the First Precinct who responded to the scene and apprehended the suspect, countless more lives were saved. Two months later, Port Authority Police Officers stopped a terrorist with an explosive device from completing an attack on civilians traveling at rush hour near the Port Authority bus terminal. Their heroic efforts were honored on the field and congratulated by all in attendance that day.