Mets offer free Sunday tix to first responders

Mets offer free Sunday tix to first responders

NEW YORK -- The Mets are offering complimentary tickets for Sunday's game against the Cubs to New York City first responders and their families, as well as discounted tickets for all fans to benefit the Tuesday's Children charity.

Past and present members of the New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department, Port Authority Police Department, Emergency Medical Service, Office of Emergency Management, New York City Sanitation Department, New York City Department of Corrections and New York State Court Officers with proper photo identification can pick up their complimentary tickets beginning Friday at the Citi Field advance ticket window. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to availability.

In addition, all fans are eligible to purchase Promenade tickets for $10, half of which will go to Tuesday's Children -- a non-profit organization designed to provide support for every individual impacted by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and more recently to those impacted by terrorist incidents worldwide. Tickets are available free of additional fees at Mets.com/911.

Those holding tickets for Sunday's game at Citi Field are encouraged to take their seats by 7:30 p.m. ET for the Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony. Former Mets closer John Franco will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to one of his 2001 Mets teammates, catcher Mike Piazza. In addition, New York City uniformed service men and women, first responders and families from Tuesday's Children will all participate in the unfurling of a 300-foot-by-100 foot American flag. Grammy Award-winning singer Marc Anthony -- who sang the national anthem on Sept. 21, 2001, in the first Major League game in New York City following the attacks -- will repeat his performance, and American Idol finalist and Queens native Pia Toscano will sing "God Bless America."