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Solar eclipse forced Mets to move up military softball event

The moon covers the sun during a total

The moon covers the sun during a total eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, near Redmond, Ore. Credit: AP / Ted S. Warren

Leave it to an eclipse to mess up a plan. The Mets had to move up their third annual Mets Military Softball Classic two hours to make sure the safety of the players involved was optimized.

The event, which featured members of the Air Force, Army, Marines, Coast Guard and Navy, pitted the branches against each other in a round-robin softball tournament.

Mets general manager and retired marine Sandy Alderson spoke to the participants before the game.

“I was in the military for a little over four years,” Alderson told reporters. “Some of my closest friends, some of my fondest memories come from those days. I know that the service men and women here are experiencing the same things and their service time will have the same impact on them as it did on me.”

After the games, special eclipse glasses were distributed to softball players and their families and they were escorted out to the field to watch the celestial event.

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