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PHOTOS: New York Mets pay visit to Woodside firehouse

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos via Facebook/New York Mets

The hottest team in baseball took time out of their pursuit of a pennant Tuesday afternoon to visit members of Engine Co. 292 and Rescue 4 in Woodside.

New York Mets players Michael Cuddyer, Steven Matz, Daniel Murphy and Bobby Parnell joined the team’s chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro for the visit to the Queens Boulevard firehouse, where they met with active and retired firefighters and family members.

The visit was part of the Mets’ ongoing support of the Fire Department and the FDNY Foundation. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — which claimed the lives of 343 firefighters — members of the club have made trips to firehouses in September to both mark the anniversary of the attacks and offer tokens of gratitude to New York’s Bravest.

During Tuesday’s trip, the Mets distributed T-shirts to firefighters and enjoyed lunch with them. They also paused at the 9/11 memorial within the firehouse to remember those who died in the attacks.

The Mets had their eight-game winning streak last night, but have an 8 1/2-game lead in the National League Eastern Division. They play the Miami Marlins tonight before a three-game series this weekend against their crosstown rival Yankees.


Mets visit P.S. 12 in Woodside

| brennison@queenscourier.com


For showing a big heart, some Queens kids were able to meet a few big leaguers.

Mike Baxter, Daniel Murphy and Jonathon Niese  of the New York Mets visited the students from P.S. 12, who collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for City Harvest, the most in New York City on Wednesday May 30.

“I’m so proud a school from Queens, just 15 minutes from the stadium, was able to do this,” said Queens native Mike Baxter.

Click here for a photo gallery of the Mets visit

Three lucky students scored the chance to play catch with the major leaguers.

Dawa Sherpa, who described herself as “sort of” a Mets fan, was excited for the chance to show her stuff.

“They’re really famous and I’ve never ever done this in my life.”

The players signed autographs and took pictures with the excited students before helping load the City Harvest truck with more than 75 boxes of donated food.