Dozens of youths, members of the Jamaica YMCA’s Junior Mets, had
the chance to play America’s pastime on Tuesday at Jamaica’s
Marconi Park with Tejada and Mets infielder Justin Turner. It’s all
part of the Mets and Citi’s “Teammates in the Community”
The Junior Mets program is an eight-week session for children ages 5 to 14 that aims to combine the fun of playing baseball and developing athletic skills with the YMCA’s core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and caring.
Participant Isaiah Tamdji, 10, was thrilled to meet Tejada, who he said is his favorite Mets player. “It was very exciting,” he said.
by AnnMarie Costella
Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada meets Junior Mets Omari Brown, left, and Jaquan Wilson.
Alicia Frank sports a big smile when meeting Mr. Met.
Justin Turner, far right, poses for some photos with the kids
A girl aims for a picture-perfect pitch.
The youngsters participate in some warm-up activities.
New York Mets player Ruben Tejada was glad to spend time with the children.
New York Mets player Justin Turner was glad to spend time with the children.