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Meet the Mets

The New York sports teams all joined forces and tweeted out a video to remind New Yorkers we are all in this together.

It was a touching video that came from an idea by Stephi Blank, the Yankees’ senior manager of digital and social media strategy, who wanted to show solidarity among all the New York teams.

Pete Alonso continues to do good during the current crisis. He first sat in on a virtual high school geometry class after the teacher gave a donation to Alonso’s charity. He is also participating in the ALL IN Challenge and donated a fishing experience with him where the proceeds will go those suffering from the pandemic.

Jeff McNeil is doing what he can to stay in shape as he waits for baseball to return and his favorite workout partner is Brandon Nimmo who lives nearby.

Gary, Keith, and Ron returned for their Behind the Booth segment and they revealed what their favorite broadcasting moments have been so far in their careers.

It’s been eleven years since Steven Matz and Marcus Stroman faced off against each other as youngsters.

Matz and teammate Michael Wacha are taking steps to help combat childhood hunger that so many are facing right now.

Just like the rest of us Governor Andrew Cuomo misses baseball and would like to see it return to help lift the country.

Yoenis Cespedes is just one of several upcoming free agents who would be greatly impacted if no baseball is played.

Around the National League East

The Baseball America mock draft has the Braves picking pitcher Cole Wilcox with the 25th pick of the 2020 Draft.

Five years ago, Giancarlo Stanton blasted a two-run home run at Citi Field off Dillion Gee to put him atop the franchise leader board in home runs.

The Sim Phillies defeated the Sim Brewers 8-4 to stop a six-game losing streak.

Were the 2015 Nationals the best team in Washington history to not win a World Series?

Around Major League Baseball

While Jeff Wilpon sold Andrew Cuomo a bill of goods about players needing to take a pay cut, in reality the players and owners have already reached a good faith agreement hammering out the details of games without fans.

Salaries will likely be a sticking point on both sides should play resume in any form.

There was some positive news regarding Athletics prospect Webster Garrison who has been battling COVID-19. He is finally off a ventilator and breathing on his own for the first time in three weeks.

Pitcher Joe Kelly was attempting to work on his pitches at home but one pitch went horribly, horribly wrong.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis’s UltiMet of the Millennium Madness tournament moved on to the round of thirty-two.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1964, the Mets took on the Pirates for the first game ever held at Shea Stadium. The Mets would lose the game 4-3 and Willie Stargell would go down in history as the first player to hit a home run at Big Shea.