Mets bullpen coach Ricky Bones and pitcher Seth Lugo made an appeal to fans to join in with the team’s support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hurricane relief and recovery effort for Puerto Rico.
They, along with catcher Tomas Nido, “represent” Puerto Rico on the Mets. Bones, who has many family members in Puerto Rico, still has not heard from his father in the town of Guayama, which was “really destroyed” by Hurricane Maria.
“I haven’t talked to my dad yet. It’s been tough, but I know he’s fine,” said a teary-eyed Bones, who received a call from one of his nieces after she managed to get to San Juan and call.
Lugo also has family there – “They are in San Germain and I am fortunate my grandma got in contact with them this morning so they’re OK. It’s the first I heard from them.”
The Mets ask fans attending games Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to bring donations to Citi Field collection points outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, Left Field Gate and Bullpen Gate. Donations will be accepted from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Additionally, on Thursday and Friday, the Mets will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside the Robinson Rotunda. Fans driving to the game should enter Lot G on 126th St. and go to the fire lane in front of the Rotunda. Mets staff will help unload items. Requested donations, which must be unopened and packaged, are batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, cases of bottled water, diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, plus canned and non-perishable food.
Mets manager Terry Collins was asked about Oakland’s Bruce Maxwell, who on Saturday became the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem.
“I’m not a big political guy,” Collins said, “not by the biggest stretch of the imagination. I’ve been blessed enough to travel the world and I respect our country immensely. We do have rights here which other places don’t. I respect that also, but I’m proud of my guys that they go line up every night and stand and face the flag. Everybody’s allowed to have their own thoughts and I’m not going to certainly criticize anybody, I don’t do that stuff, but I’m happy that our guys do what they do.”
Washington’s Trea Turner hit the 195th home run of the season, the new single season record for Citi Field, in the third inning. Additionally, the Mets tied their franchise single season record when Brandon Nimmo homered in the first inning, his fifth and the team’s 218th of the season. That equaled last season’s mark and represented the first time the Mets have hit 200 homers in consecutive seasons.