Whether on the mound or on a garlic hero, Anthony Kay brings the heat.
Anthony Kay, a pitcher recently drafted by the Mets, has been throwing a 90-plus mph fastball since he was a varsity baseball player at Ward Melville High School. Anthony Kay the hero, at Se-Port Deli in East Setauket, is served with a spicy chipotle mayo and Tabasco hot sauce.
On Monday, Kay became the latest member of the Mets organization to have a hero named after him at Se-Port, following in the footsteps of Mets starting pitchers Steven Matz, who like Kay is a native of Stony Brook, and Jacob deGrom.
The Anthony Kay consists of chicken cutlet, melted mozzarella and Cheddar cheeses, bacon, tomato, coleslaw, onion rings, honey mustard, chipotle dressing and hot sauce on a toasted garlic hero ($11.95).
“It sounds pretty good,” Kay said on Tuesday. “I’m definitely going to have to try it next time I go in there. . . . A lot of people have had heros named after them there, like Steven Matz. I think it’s really cool to be in that kind of club.”
Brian Adwar, a chef at Se-Port, said the hero combines ingredients that best describe Kay. “It’s a sweet sandwich but it’s got a little punch to it,” Adwar said. “When you eat this sandwich, you can feel the heat. Just like when he’s pitching.”
But is it too hot for the flamethrower?
“I like [spicy food] a little bit,” Kay said. “But if it gets too spicy I can’t handle it.”
Kay estimated that he has been to Se-Port ten times, starting when he was in 10th grade.
“This is how we honor him,” said Se-Port Deli owner Wisam Dakwar. “We want to recognize his accomplishments by having a hero in his name at Se-Port.”
Kay — who, as a junior in 2012, was the recipient of the Paul Gibson award, which honors Long Island’s best pitcher — pitched for three years at the University of Connecticut and was drafted by the Mets with the 31st overall pick of the MLB Draft in June.
Those looking for a Kay hero now have dining options. Bagel Express in East Setauket also has a hero named after him. Called the “K-Zone,” it offers chicken cutlet, sliced Boars Head Buffalo chicken, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato and Buffalo sauce on a hero ($9.95).
“For these guys to name sandwiches after our baseball players, and most importantly our kids, it shows that the kids are good human beings and it shows that the community understands that baseball is a relevant sport in the Three Village community,” said Ward Melville baseball coach Lou Petrucci.