For a few hours on Saturday morning, Citi Field was transformed into a field of dreams for 125 area children.
The Verizon Kids Clinic, hosted by the Mets, allowed young ballplayers a chance to hone their hitting, pitching and fielding skills under the tutelage of Mets relief pitcher Buddy Carlyle and the team’s third base and bullpen coaches, Tim Teufel and Ricky Bones.
They also received two free tickets to that afternoon’s Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins.
“Sometimes you get a platform to do things that are special,” Carlyle said. “Creating memories for these kids is always nice.”
The children were selected at random from a pool of kids who were registered by their parents at area Verizon stores across the city and Long Island.
— by Christopher Barca
Third base coach Tim Teufel helps Tanasia Shealey, of Long Island, hold the bat before taking her hacks.
Ricky Bones taught dozens of kids how to properly field a ground ball.
With an empty stadium as the backdrop, Carlyle, a recently called up reliever, demonstrates his delivery in center field.
Mets outfielder Chris Young may have some competition to monitor.
High fives all around after Buddy Carlyle wraps up pitching drills with a group of aspiring ballplayers.
Bones, the Mets bullpen coach and a member of the 1994 American League All-Star team, helped kids of all ages improve their ability to catch fly balls and react quickly through various drills in the outfield.
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