PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Mets honored late media relations executive Shannon Forde with a moment of silence before Sunday’s 7-5 exhibition victory over the Braves.
Mets players and staff gathered on the leftfield line to pay tribute to Forde, who on Friday lost her battle with breast cancer at age 44.
“It was important and a big deal for everybody to be out there,” said captain David Wright, who will leave camp to attend Wednesday’s memorial service for Forde at Citi Field. “I think everybody did a really nice job of getting out there.”
Wright, who appeared emotional during the tribute, said seeing pictures of Forde triggered a flood of memories. He credits her for easing his transition to New York when he began his career with the Mets.
At Tradition Field, Wright noted that some fans made it a point to wear pink “K cancer” T-shirts to the game in honor of Forde.
“They came down and made it a point to say that they wore it for Shannon today,” Wright said. “It was pretty cool. It’s not often that you see somebody that’s behind the scenes like that make an impact on players, fans, the community. And she certainly did that.”
Jenrry Mejia’s gripe with the players’ union was news to Tony Clark, executive director of the MLBPA, who said the reliever voiced no concerns before blasting the organization in an interview with The New York Times this week.
Mejia contended the union did not do enough to shield him from what he believes was a conspiracy by baseball, one that led to his third positive PED test and a lifetime ban.
“Obviously, any joint drug agreement case has a start and has either an end related to an arbitration hearing or a settlement,” Clark said. “So there are opportunities to communicate throughout. Those concerns weren’t anything we were aware of during the course of this process.”
Sean Gilmartin, who is pushing for a spot as the Mets’ long reliever, tossed three scoreless innings in his start against the Braves . . . Reliever Jim Henderson worked a scoreless inning and impressed scouts with a fastball that touched 95 mph. Henderson, a former Brewers closer, is gunning for a bullpen spot after being sidelined by arm troubles . . . Reliever Erik Goeddel could be throwing off the mound in a few days. He has been sidelined by a lat injury . . . Manager Terry Collins hopes Curtis Granderson can play in games by Wednesday. He has been dealing with an eye infection.
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