NEW YORK -- The Mets left Los Angeles in the dust on their way to their first National League Championship Series appearance since 2006. Apparently, they brought a piece of Hollywood with them.
New York summoned Brooklyn native and lifelong Mets fan Jimmy Kimmel to throw the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday at Citi Field. The "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" host wiggled around the mound while pretending to take a sign, before utilizing an over-the-head windup to uncork what would probably be called a ball outside.
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Still, the crowd at Citi Field -- another emphatic, capacity showing -- cheered Kimmel on the mound and later when he appeared on the video board rooting on the Mets. His appearance snapped a streak of three consecutive postseason first pitches at Citi Field thrown out by franchise playoff heroes. Over their first three home games of this postseason, Mets legends Ron Swoboda, Ed Charles and Keith Hernandez have thrown out first pitches.
Kimmel's appearance brought some early levity to another tense, cold night at Citi Field, where Mets fans are braving the elements with hope of witnessing their club's first trip to the World Series since 2000. Before Kimmel took the field, Chris Jackson from "Hamilton" the musical received a heavy ovation for his moving rendition of the national anthem.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.