Today I was invited to attend the launch of the third season of Mets “ Citi Field Kids” . I along with other members of the blogosphere and Mets Media watched as Mets players such as R.A Dickey, Jose Reyes , Mike Pelfrey Josh Thole, Bobby Parnell and Dillion Gee, along with new Mets manager Terry Collins gave a special tour of the Mets Clubhouse to a group of fifth and sixth graders from the Sunnyside Community Services in Queens.
According to the Press release, Citi Field Kids is an educational and motivational program developed by the Mets, Citi, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and United Neighborhood Houses designed to inspire New York City students and teach the values of Jackie Robinson.
Afterwards myself along with my blogger brethren were allowed to interview the various Mets players, and here are some of the quotes I got ( *not all of the answers given were from answers I asked).
Obviously he ( Thole) is working really hard on receiving the ball – I really Think he is great now . It’s great to have him busting his butt and I know he hasn’t been catching for that long
Mike Pelfrey on Josh Thole
“Hopefully I can stick around and this thing works “
Dillon Gee on his chances of making the Mets rotation.
“ I am 100% and I can’t wait to get to spring training !”
Jose Reyes on his health
“ If you pitch – small ball works”
” The plan is basically to execute better, try to keep the attitude positive around here . We are going to do a better job of keeping this team upbeat”
Terry Collins on his philosophy
” My hope is that last year wasn’t a anomaly – and I am confident it was not .”
R.A Dickey on last season
In 2009 Brian Schneider was here for me day in and day out, and last year Henry ( Blanco) was great with me
Josh Thole on his major league mentors.