Written by Dan O’Regan, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
Don Cheadle lobbed his best pitch from the mound at Citi Field just before the players trotted out to a thunderous applause. His Irish eyes were smiling, Keith Lavallee came across the Jumbotron and exclaimed the traditional game opening phrase, “play ball!”
A season ticket holder for more than 12 years, Lavallee, 53, was asked by Citi Field officials to take part in the opening rituals of the game. The tickets are a part of the law firm Lavallee runs with his father, Lavallee Law Offices, located on 4 W Gate in Farmingdale.
His father and business partner, Raymond Lavallee, his eldest daughter, Laura Lavallee, and several close friends, joined the Massapequa native for the occasion.
“I’m glad [my father] came and I’m glad he didn’t put down the Mets,” said Lavallee.
A Mets fan since the early 1970’s, Lavallee grew up going to games with his father, a staunch Yankees fan. Raymond Lavallee, 83, took his son to Mets games because, as Laura Lavallee said, “Shea was closer than Yankee Stadium.”
“He passed it down to us,” said Laura, 22. “So now I’m a Mets fan.”
Keith Lavallee’s enthusiasm for the event was evident. More than 28,000 people, including some friends in the crowd, saw his ear-to-ear grin broadcast live on the big screne.
“I got a few text messages from friends in the stands saying ‘hey dude’ and ‘I just saw your face up there that’s so cool!’” said Lavallee.
The Lavallees, along with their close friends, enjoyed the game despite the 5-1 loss the Mets suffered to the Phillies.
“I had great time being there with my friends and family,” said Lavallee. “That’s what made it so much fun.”