The Mets honored fallen FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy with a moment of silence before the wild card game before his son threw the ceremonial pitch at the Mets’ wild card game.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 9:52 PM
The Flushing Faithful honored a fallen hero before the Mets’ wild card game Wednesday night.
In an emotional moment before the one-off win-or-go-home game against the San Francisco Giants, the Mets held a moment of silence for FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy.
The 44-year-old hero was killed when he was struck by debris from an explosion at a suspected marijuana grow house in the Bronx Sept. 27.
Fahy’s family were invited onto the field for the quiet moment of reflection.
His namesake son then took the mound before the hushed crowd to toss the ceremonial first pitch.
The 11-year-old Michael, whose fallen father was his baseball coach, threw a heater to home.
“My nephew Michael, he really is the biggest Mets fan,” the boy’s aunt Deirdre Brett, told the Daily News. “This was a huge night for him and for the family. The smile that the Mets put on those children’s faces, we’re very very grateful.”
The crowd roared and offered a huge round of applause as Michael’s throw sailed home.
“TY @Mets for supporting the Fahy family at NL #WildCard game & your ongoing support for all first responders #LGM,” the FDNY tweeted along with pictures of the Fahy family wearing Mets gear and posing with players.
19th Battalion Chief Michael Fahy was killed in an explosion in the Bronx on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.
Following the heart-warming opening, the October air was electric with anticipation as the Flushing faithful filled the stands of Citi Field for the winner-take-all showdown against the Giants.
Josh Streich, 24, of Islip, L.I., making his way toward the rafters and section 436, said he has all his faith in Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ golden-haired hard throwing 24-year-old pitcher.
“I trust Thor and I think that if this game is tied after seven we’re in very, very good shape,” Streich said.
The superfan predicted a close game, but one that sends the Mets on to face the Chicago Cubs, and eventually, the World Series.
“We’re going to Chicago, beating them in 5. We’re in Chicago’s head,” Streich said.
He added that getting to play the wildcard game in Flushing is a big edge.
“To get home field is so important,” Streich said. “The fans here are phenomenal.”
The do-or-die wildcard had many Mets fans ready for an exciting night of baseball.
The stadium was awash in bright lights, the seats were filled with orange and blue, and fans were thinking back to last season’s playoff run.
The Mets’ last postseason game ended with a World Series loss to the Kansas City Royals.
“Last year the atmosphere here was unbelievable … but I think it could top some of the stuff from last year because it’s that one game, win and we’re in, lose and we’re out kind of mentality,” Streich said.
Anna Vitoria, of Bensonhurst, made her way through the crowd wearing a Syndergaard jersey.
The 58-year-old said she’s a lifelong Mets fan, but came out tonight for her first ever playoff game.
She was sitting three rows from the field in section 124, along with her “little Met dog” Chanel, a 10-month-old micro-yorkie who’s been to 60 games with her this year.
“This is going to be our year,” she said with a smile. “There were some set backs this year but here we are. The boys never quit. They never gave up. The boys were tough.
“I’m a Met fan since I was a little girl. I remember ‘69,” she said recalling the first time the Queens team won the World Series. “I’m very excited — this is my first playoff game! I’m really excited and nervous!”
John Franco with Fahy family after first pitch when the New York Mets played the San Francisco Giants in their wild card Game on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.
Karl Sheehy, 38, of Travis, Staten Island, wasn’t quite as optimistic about the Amazins chance of returning to the playoffs.
“I didn’t think we were going to get here again, especially the way things were in August,” he said. “I’m thrilled to even have this shot to get there again.”
Sheehy joked about what he called the typical Mets-fan paranoia of impending doom.
“Anytime, even when we’re winning, it always sorta feels like something bad is going to happen,” he warned with a laugh. “It would be nice for that not to happen this time.”