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The Mets will celebrate the life and legacy of legendary broadcaster Ralph Kiner during an on-field, pre-game ceremony on Opening Day at Citi Field.

The ceremony will include a video tribute and the unveiling of the Kiner commemorative logo above the left field outfield wall. The Kiner logo, which the team will wear on its uniform sleeve, will also be painted on the grass behind home plate.

In addition to the Kiner celebration on Opening Day, Monday, March 31:

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, accompanied by six children from the East Harlem Tutorial Program who were affected by the recent building collapse in that community.
  • ┬áThe National Anthem will be performed by the Whiptones, a doo-wop a cappella group from Hanover Township, New Jersey, who were the Mets Anthem Search winners in the off-season.
  • The annual Mets Welcome Home Dinner will take place after the game. The event is a fundraiser for the Mets Foundation, which donates net proceeds to the the Katz Institute for Women's Health and Katz Women's Hospital of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins and the entire roster and coaching staff will be attending.
  • The Empire State Building will be lit orange and blue for the night in honor of Opening Day and the Welcome Home Dinner.
Standing Room Only tickets are still available for Opening Day and can be purchased at or by calling (718) 507-TIXX.
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