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Edgardo Alfonzo joins Mets' Banner Day judging panel

Edgardo Alfonzo reacts after hitting a solo home

Edgardo Alfonzo reacts after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jared Fernandez in the fourth inning of a game in Cincinnati in 2002. (Credit: AP)

The Mets revived their Banner Day tradition last year to help celebrate the 50th anniversary, and this year, they're adding a familiar face to the celebration.

Former Mets infielder Edgardo Alfonzo will be a judge for Banner Day before the Mets' game against the Pirates on May 11 at Citi Field. He joins SNY's Kevin Brukhardt and 92.3 Now's Ty Bentli on the panel.

The team describes Banner Day as a "Mets tradition from 1963 to 1996 with fans of all ages parading on the field showing their homemade banners made from bed sheets that professed their love for the team." In order to participate in the pregame parade, fans must have tickets to the scheduled game. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Bullpen Plaza and space is limited.

The Mets' ground rules for the banners:

-Banners must be bigger than 22-by-28 feet.
-Banners cannot include vulgar or abusive language.
-Banners can be commercially producded so long as they don't have commercial messages (no websites or Twitter handles).
-Groups can contain no more than four people per banner.

The judges will select three finalists who wll then be part of the online contest where fans can vote through Twitter, Facebook and text message. The winner will be recognized during the game and will receive four VIP tickets for on-field batting practice and autographed Mets merchandise.

Tags: Mets , Edgardo Alfonzo , Banner Day

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