FLUSHING, NY—Several Mets players including David Wright and Jason Bay helped celebrate the holidays at the team's annual kids holiday party at Citi Field. Among the cheer were also concerns following the Philadelphia Phillies' signing of LHP Cliff Lee to a five year, $120 million deal.
Students from P.S. 173 (Flushing), P.S. 24 (Flushing), P.S. 16 (Corona), P.S. 161 (Bronx), P.S. 140 (Manhattan), P.S. 155 (Brooklyn), P.S. 18 (Staten Island) joined Mets outfielders Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran, first baseman Ike Davis, third baseman David Wright, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, and Mets Manager Terry Collins for lunch in the Acela Club. 100 New York City school children received gifts from "Santa" (David Wright this year) and chanted "Let's Go Mets" with Mr. Met.
Players and officials expressed their concerns and future plans now that Lee has decided to return to Philadelphia. He joins what is now considered the best rotation in the Major Leagues, consisting of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. In a year where GM Alderson admitted the Mets would not be significant players in the off-season market, the team is looking forward to building off of last season and welcoming fresh faces including catcher Ronny Paulino, relief pitcher D.J. Carrasco and new coaches Ken Oberkfell (bench coach), Mookie Wilson (first base coach), Dave Hudgens (hitting coach) and Jon Debus (bullpen coach).
Bay, Wright, Beltran and Davis will continue to spread holiday cheer with other events throughout the city this week.