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Mets spread cheer to local kids, while getting fired-up for 2012

New York Mets celebrating the Holidays by spreading good cheer to local children. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Mets took time out to host 100 New York City school children to lunch, presents and a great time at Citi Field on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon in New York City. Jon NieseJustin Turner and ‘Santa’ Daniel Murphy along with Mr. Met all took time to give back for the Holiday season.

“The holiday season is all about the kids and I am just glad to be a part of it,” said Niese of attending the event.

Murphy had this to say of his interaction with the kids, “When we get to see how excited they are, it really makes you appreciate what you get to do for a living every day.”

While they were at it, the Mets trio talked about the 2012 season, potential trade rumors and the state of the team, as it will be the 50th anniversary of the franchise in the spring. Also making an appearance to chat about the Winter Meetings was General Manager Sandy Alderson.

“I haven’t heard anything on the trade rumors since the Winter Meetings,” Niese said of the buzz that has surrounded him as of late. “I doesn’t really matter to me, that is the beauty of baseball…that it is a business, those decision’ s aren’t mine and whatever happens-happens.”

Turner had this to say of the trades, “I take these things with a grain of salt until I actually see a trade actually happen.” On if he feels that his team will be underdogs in 2012, Turner had this to say, “I don’t consider us an underdog, we have a lot of pieces back from last year and we made some additions to the pen that will be good for us. We will be a competitive team that will be fun to watch.”

The main buzz around the interview room was the Marlins signing of All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes during the off-season.

“It is going to be different to not see Jose around, he was a great Met, teammate and player, it was unfortunate to see a player of his caliber go-but we are going to keep plugging along without him,” Murphy said of the trade of Reyes.

The Mets have much to be optimistic about as both Murphy and Niese are slated to return from season-ending injuries. Niese is recovering nicely from an oblique strain, suffered in late August-while Murphy missed the final two months of the season with his second major knee injury.

“I am feeling fine,” Murphy said of how he was recovering. The infielder was excited about the prospects of the team in 2012, “We’ve got some pieces in place to make a run, the Mets fans saw last year that we played hard and I am looking forward to doing that again in the spring.”

New York will continue their charitable efforts on Wednesday, as the organization teams up with the SNY network and with the New York Cares organization to hold the 5th annual ‘Warm-Up’ Coat Drive. Fans bringing one or more coats will receive a voucher for a pair of tickets to a select game in April, along with a coupon to receive 15% off regularly priced merchandise in the Mets Team Store.

Written on December 14, 2011

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