#Shortstops: Cooperstown at Citi Field
Both were present when the Mets opened up Citi Field against the San Diego Padres on April 13, 2009 and Seaver threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Piazza.
That first pitch ball is now preserved at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
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Unfortunately, their presence at Citi Field’s debut did not bring the Mets good luck in the game. Mike Pelfrey surrendered the first home run in Citi Field history three pitches into his outing when Padres center fielder Jody Gerut launched a ball into the right field stands. Though David Wright did hit the first Mets home run in Citi Field history with a three-run bomb in the fifth inning, the Mets lost the game 6-5.
Nevertheless, it was a real treat for all the fans in attendance to see two of their all-time idols throw out the first pitch at Citi Field’s first game.
Elizabeth Muratore was a development intern at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum