New St. John's basketball coach Steve Lavin will throw out the first pitch next Monday before the Mets host the Dodgers. Lavin grew up a San Francisco Giants fan and was an usher at Candlestick Park. But he coached at UCLA and was drawn to the Dodgers.

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    Lavin's appearance continues the Mets' relationship with the university. Alumnus John Franco, of course, pitched for the Mets. The Red Storm's baseball team opened Citi Field with a game against Georgetown in March, 2009.