Former New York Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson will make an appearance at NBT Bank Stadium on Opening Day, April 5.
Wilson will throw out the first pitch before the Syracuse Mets take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in the season-opener. Wilson will then sign autographs for fans on the concourse from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wilson played for the Mets from 1980-1989 and ranks among the club’s all-time leaders in almost every offensive category. He is famously remembered for dodging a two-out, two-strike wild pitch from Boston pitcher Bob Stanley in the tenth inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that allowed Kevin Mitchell to score the tying run. Then, Wilson hit a ground ball that went under Boston first baseman Bill Buckner’s glove, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run and force a Game 7 that the Mets won.
First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.