By Brooklyn Reader

March 31, 2014, 6:44 pm

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the first pitch for the Mets on opening day at CitiField in Queens  Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the first pitch for the Mets on opening day at CitiField in Queens on Monday, March 31, 2014. Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the first pitch for the Mets on opening day at CitiField in Queens on Monday, March 31, 2014. Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio was booed loudly before throwing out the first pitch at the Mets home opener at Citifield today, the Observer reports.

Speaking to reporters before his pitching debut, the mayor was reminded that past New York City mayors often endured boos when tossing out ceremonial pitches.

Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the first pitch for the Mets on opening day at CitiField in Queens  Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the first pitch for the Mets on opening day at CitiField in Queens on Monday, March 31, 2014. Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the first pitch for the Mets on opening day at CitiField in Queens on Monday, March 31, 2014. Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

“Whatever it is, it is,” said de Blasio, a Boston Red Sox fan. “I’m a sports fan. I think sports fans have a right to express themselves any way they want. All I can say is, I’ve been practicing my pitch. I was at the Park Slope Armory last night working on my knuckle curveball.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio warms up in preparation for throwing out the first pitch for the Mets on opening day at CitiField in Queens  Mayor Bill de Blasio warms up in preparation for throwing out the first pitch for the Mets on opening day at CitiField in Queens on Monday, March 31, 2014. Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the first pitch for the Mets on opening day at CitiField in Queens on Monday, March 31, 2014. Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

And as was expected, he was booed loudly.

Was it his pitch? Or was it his politics?

Who knows.

But the mayor did stay for the entire game and even met with Mets owner Fred Wilpon.

 


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