Lupica: Mets salute families of 2 slain NYPD cops

By on April 14, 2015

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They were in the small holding area near the Mets dugout at Citi Field, some of them about to

“Two cops shot?” she said to McKay.

“Assassinated,” he said.

That Monday David Wright called Mihaltses and said he wanted to talk to the families. Justin Ramos was home by then. The call came the day after his birthday, on Christmas Eve. He hadn’t wanted to come out of his room since getting back from Bowdoin. But he came out to talk to the captain of the Mets.

Wright invited both families to spring training. Mihaltses and Jay Horwitz, the Mets’ longtime PR man, drove the thing from there, tirelessly and honorably. Members of both families spent four days in Port St. Lucie, Fla. They were around the ballpark down there and around the team, out to dinner one night with players. This wasn’t just about the two families being embraced by the city. Now they had been embraced by the Mets, and by baseball.

So there they were at Citi Field on this beautiful day for baseball and the Mets, the weather perfect and the ending perfect as well, because Jacob deGrom, last year’s rookie of the year, shut out the Phillies long enough and then the bullpen completed the job from the seventh inning on.

The last pitch of the day was thrown by the Mets’ Jeurys Familia. But the pitches to remember best from the day had been thrown hours ago, particularly the strike by Justin Ramos to Matt Harvey. Harvey, the most exciting pitcher in baseball, was content to be a catcher for once in his life. And to make the son of a hero of the city smile.

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