Mets honor Hispanic community at Citi Field

Mets honor Hispanic community at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- For the second time this season, the Mets honored New York's Hispanic community with Hispanic Heritage Night Presented by Goya Foods prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The festivities included New York salsa band "La Evidencia" performing on Mets Plaza before the game, as well as an authentic Mariachi band at the top of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15.

Goya Foods' Nicole Toro sang the national anthem before the game, and "El Bacan Bacan" Pedro Luis Garcia will make public address announcements in Spanish throughout the game. In addition, the Mets wore the same blue and orange "Los Mets" jerseys they wore on Latina Fiesta Night on Aug. 5.

For Dominican shortstop Jose Reyes, the night is an important acknowledgement of New York's large Hispanic population.

"We have a lot of Hispanic people in New York from everywhere," Reyes said. "We always [acknowledge the Hispanic community] here, so that's good to see, because I feel like we have a lot of people from Latin America."

Thursday was the third time the Mets have worn a blue jersey in a regular-season game this year, perhaps hinting a permanent blue jersey could be in the works for the future. Though Reyes said he was a fan of the bright orange and blue uniforms, and that he liked the "Los Mets" stitched across the chest, he said he ultimately has no preference on what color schemes the team adopts.

"It doesn't matter for me," Reyes said. "Whatever they put out, I'll put on and play baseball."