Shannon Forde, the beloved Mets media relations executive, lost a hard-fought battle with breast cancer last March. But her spirit lived on Monday morning at baseball’s winter meetings as roughly two dozen team employees, including COO Jeff Wilpon and manager Terry Collins, took part in the announcement of MLB’s charitable efforts to renovate a youth field in Forde’s honor in her hometown of Little Ferry, N.J.
“I think a picture says a thousand words,” said Wilpon, referring to the on-stage show of support for Forde. “This is the group that loves and misses Shannon every day.”
MLB is raising the funds as part of their annual “Play Ball” charity auction, which can be accessed at MLB.com/Shannon and includes a number of unique opportunities, from pitching lessons with the Giants’ Johnny Cueto to meet-and-greets with various players. The Mets are offering a dinner with the SNY broadcast team of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez in addition to other items. The auction runs through 9 p.m. Thursday.
The baseball diamond in Little Ferry, across from where Forde grew up, will be renamed “Shannon Forde Field” and MLB plans to help initiate youth programs that will use the park as their home.
“It a great gesture on the part of Major League Baseball, as well as the Mets, to recognize Shannon, particularly in her hometown,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “It’s a great and lasting memorial.”