In honor of Mets media relation executive Shannon Forde, who lost her long, difficult battle with breast cancer last March, MLB announced Monday it will renovate a youth field in Forde's honor in her hometown of Little Ferry, N.J.
"I think a picture says a thousand words," Jeff Wilpon said at a press conference at the Winter Meetings. "This is the group that loves and misses Shannon every day."
To raise money for the project, which is part of their annual Play Ball program, MLB is auctioning off a number of unique opportunities, including a pitching lesson from Johnny Cueto, player and manager meet-and-greets, and a dinner with Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez.
Shannon believed in me when no one else did. She was a great friend and I miss her every day. Back in 2004, 2005, long before SNY, when I was just getting started with MetsBlog, she answered my emails and encouraged me to keep going when traditional media and MLB kept slamming doors in my face. In time, we became good friends, talking media, children, baseball and more. I'm not certain I would be doing what I do today if it wasn't for her love and support. I love that MLB and the Mets are doing this in her honor. She was a wonderful, happy, positive woman, and her friendship and support will be remembered forever.