Before squaring off with the division rival Washington Nationals on Thursday, a couple of New York Mets players helped make a day at summer camp at the Cross Island YMCA in Bellerose unforgettable for 31 area children.
The annual YMCA Jr. Mets clinic began with sprints in the infield before Amazins’ relief pitcher Josh Edgin took a group of eager ballplayers into the outfield to practice throwing while first baseman/outfielder Eric Campbell taught another group how to hit like a big leaguer at home plate.
Mr. Met even made an appearance at the clinic, handing out gift bags and helping conduct ground ball drills.
— by Christopher Barca
Mr. Met even got in on the fun by rolling ground balls.
Hollis ballplayer Justin Michel, 7, impresses Edgin with a blistering fastball and solid pitching mechanics for a youngster.
Mets relief pitcher Josh Edgin and Queens Village resident Elijah Pitt, 7, were all smiles on Thursday.
Mets slugger Eric Campbell teaches a youngster how to properly hold the bat and swing for the fences.
Before any fly balls could be caught, strikes thrown or base hits smashed, there were sprints to be run by the young ballplayers. As the saying goes: Play hard, practice harder.