NEW YORK -- Following Tuesday's victory at Citi Field, Mets PR director Jay Horwitz hurried media members through their postgame interviews, believing that his players would want to leave the park early to avoid traffic on fireworks night.
Not quite. Clutching to-go containers of food from their postgame spread, David Wright, Ike Davis, Justin Turner and others went back out to the dugout to watch the fireworks show, staying at the ballpark long after most fans filtered out. The show was one of two consecutive fireworks displays at Citi Field, with the second scheduled for July 4.
Pyrotechnics, though, were only part of the celebration. A day after setting a Citi Field record by drawing 42,516 fans to their first fireworks night, the Mets invited Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler to sing the national anthem in a duet with Kory Leigh Glattman, the winner of Macy's 4th of July Star Spangled Sing-Off competition. Kaeppeler and Glattman also recorded a special rendition of the national anthem, which the Mets planned to play during the finale of their fireworks spectacular.