Se-Port Deli usually doesn't deliver. But it did Tuesday . . . to Citi Field.
The East Setauket delicatessen makes "The Matz,'' a hero named after Mets pitcher Steven Matz, who was a regular customer when he attended Ward Melville High School. On Monday, one day after dazzling in his major-league debut, Matz made a surprise visit for lunch.
The story of his appearance went viral, and early yesterday morning, owner Wisam Dakwar received a phone call from an employee at ESPN, which televised Tuesday night's game between the Mets and Cubs.
"They asked if I could ship some heroes to them because they wanted to put it live on TV,'' Dakwar said. "I'm going to send a bunch of sandwiches. Maybe like 10 of 'The Matz' and some famous Se-Port iced tea. It's a very special thing for Steven every time he comes to my store. He has to have that special iced tea and a sandwich. So that's what I will send.''
That will add to the high volume of sales on Matz's hero, which continued to be a hot seller Tuesday. Customers said Se-Port is always busy and the lines are generally long, but the sudden surge in the popularity of "The Matz'' has increased wait time.
"We are selling a lot more than normal,'' Dakwar said. "It's always been my dream to have Se-Port all over the country. And it's getting out there. People are calling asking how to get to our place. It's been good for business.''
Other celebrity sandwiches include "The Boone,'' which Dakwar says was invented by actor Ed O'Neill, who stars in the TV series "Modern Family.'' "The Snider'' was named for Dee Snider, the lead singer of Twisted Sister, who was a regular customer. "The Piccininni'' is named after Ward Melville wrestler Nick Piccininni, a four-time state champion and Se-Port regular.
Coming soon to the menu could be "The deGrom.'' Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year, came to the deli on Monday with Matz. Dakwar wants to reward him for that cameo by naming a hero after deGrom.
"The one I had Monday, 'The Vegas,' was really good," deGrom said Tuesday night. "Roast beef, cheese, honey mustard. If I had to pick, it would be something like that."
And they may even deliver it to him at Citi Field.
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