Mets to wear First Responder hats before Sept. 11 game

Mets to wear First Responder hats before Sept. 11 game

Mets to wear First Responder hats before Sept. 11 game
NEW YORK -- The Mets will continue their annual tradition of donning New York City First Responder hats before their game against the Nationals at Citi Field on Sept. 11.

The team will wear the hats to honor the city agencies during batting practice and the National Anthem prior to taking the field against the Nationals.

"We want to thank Major League Baseball, commissioner [Bud] Selig and [vice president of baseball operations] Joe Torre for their support of honoring these agencies for their heroic actions that day," said Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

The family of fireman Ronnie Gies, who lost his life on 9/11, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Gies' widow, Carol, and her three sons will take the mound. Two of her sons are firemen and the third recently took the test to become a fireman.

"I always tried to be at Shea [Stadium] or Citi Field on 9/11, because those were always our family's fondest memories," Carol Gies said. "My husband was a gigantic Mets fan, as is my entire family. We all think happy thoughts when we are at a Mets game."

On Thursday, Mets players Mike Baxter, Dillon Gee and Bobby Parnell visited the 9/11 Memorial and FDNY Engine 10, Ladder 10, across from the World Trade Center site.

Later, they aided volunteers in assembling bicycles for children of parents serving in the military as part of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance program.

Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.