Nerves were coursing through the veins of Julian Miles Davis and Kelly Talty as they paced toward the mound at Citi Field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Thursday’s game against the Cubs.
Davis, of Massapequa, and Talty, of Wantagh, took to the designated area in front of the mound together. And all at once, their nerves dissipated.
“I’ve been loosening up all week,” Davis said before the pitch. “We were having a catch today. I hope I don’t flub it.”
He didn’t. Nor did Talty.
Davis and Talty were on hand as part of Answer the Call’s 32nd Annual Game and Family Day Picnic, which honors the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.
Former Met Rusty Staub hatched the idea for the picnic after reading the newspaper one day during his first year with the Mets in 1975.
“When I came here to New York, I was fortunate enough to be in the restaurant business for quite a while,” he recalled. “One day I was reading the paper and a police officer had been killed. He left three kids all under 5.”
With the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaching, Answer the Call asked the children of fallen New York City servicemen to throw the first pitch.
Talty, daughter of NYPD Officer Paul Talty, ESS-10, praised the organization for putting the event together.
“It’s really nice that they think of us for the Mets game, and it’s really nice they get us the tickets and the food,” she said. “It’s really nice that they remember us.”
And Davis agreed. He said he does whatever he can to help spread awareness.
“Every Sept. 11, we got hundreds of those feather tattoos and we pass them around work and school for everyone to wear,” said Davis, son of PAPD Officer Clinton Davis, who was assigned to the World Trade Center. “We just try to support that way to keep everyone aware.”
Joining Davis and Talty was Brian Harlin of Carmel, New York, son of FDNY Firefighter Daniel Harlin, Ladder Company 2. All three successfully found home plate and honored their fallen fathers.
Nerves and all.