Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
Over the years, many New York sports legends have visited The Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center in Albertson. Among them have been Joe Namath, Tom Seaver, Don Mattingly and Rusty Staub. A number of years ago, several members of the New York Islanders also entertained Viscardi students.
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, it was the turn of two current New York Mets stars—Daniel Murphy and Dillon Gee—to brighten the day for youngsters at Viscardi.
The two Mets mainstays were big hits with the students as they played ball and fielded questions about life in the major leagues, such as their favorite teams to play. As part of the visit, Viscardi students received a Mets knit hat before they returned to their classes.
The visit brought some good luck to the Mets. That evening, as the Mets entertained the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants at CitiField, a video of the Viscardi visit appeared on the big Mets scoreboard in centerfield. That accompanied a thrilling 5-4 victory by the Mets over the Giants.
The big day was Dillon Gee’s second visit to the school. Gee has also participated in Viscardi’s highly popular annual Celebrity Sports Night.
“It’s better every time I come,” he said. “They had some great questions to ask today.”
“This was a chance to come and take a step away from our job and see what good is done here,” added Murphy. “We came to lift their spirits, but you are more blessed than when you walked in.”