NEW YORK -- On Monday afternoon, at a VA facility about half an hour from Citi Field, Mets personnel met and spoke with about 150 veterans as a part of the club's ongoing commitment to the military.
General manager Sandy Alderson, Mets Hall of Famer Rusty Staub and Mets WOR broadcaster Josh Lewin all visited the VA St. Albans Community Living Center in Jamaica, Queens, for a barbecue and question-and-answer session, the latest effort of the organization's "Military Mondays" program.
Lewin saw it as a small way to give back.
"I try to pass it down to my kids, and I hope they'll pass it down to their kids -- we're all in this together," Lewin said. "Not just this particular community in Queens, but extrapolate it out -- New York City, New York state, the eastern seaboard. We're all a part of something bigger than us. These are people that served and did their time and did much more important things than we do. It's a way to give back and say, 'Thank you.'"
Against the Braves, the Mets wore camouflage jerseys, as they do for every Monday home game.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less