The New York Mets announced on Thursday that they will bring in the Gies family to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to honor FDNY hero Ronnie Gies, of Squad 228 in Maspeth, Queens who lost his life on September 11.
Slated to appear will be Carol Geis and her sons, Tommy, Ronnie and Bobby to all throw the first pitch. Tommy is currently a fireman with Ladder 147 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Ronnie is a fireman with Ladder 175 in East New York, Brooklyn and Bobby just took the test to join a long lineage of firemen.
“I always tried to be at Shea or Citi Field on 9/11, because those were always our family’s fondest memories,” said Carol Gies. “My husband was a gigantic Mets fan, as is my entire family. We all think happy thoughts when we are at a Mets game.”
The Mets continued their long tradition of giving back to the community as today Mike Baxter, Dillon Gee and Bobby Parnell spent the day off paying tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11. The trio visited the 9/11 Memorial, stopped by FDNY Engine 10 Ladder and then head to the USS Intrepid to work alongside hundreds of volunteers to assemble bicycles that will be given to children of parents serving in the military as a part of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance program.
Once again the team will be sporting the first responder hats during batting practice on the anniversary of the attacks.