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Tavares scores with Mets fans

If you're one of those Islanders fans who wants to know everything about John Tavares, here are some facts that were unearthed last night:

John Tavares likes the Mets. And doesn't like the Yankees.

How do we know this? Because the Islanders' No. 1 draft pick and new face of the franchise was at Citi Field to throw the ceremonial first puck -- er, pitch -- before the final game of the Subway Series.

Tavares, wearing a Mets jersey with his name and No. 1 on the back and an Islanders cap, fired a high strike to Mets catcher Brian Schneider. He was introduced to a lot of cheers and a few boos (Rangers fans?).

It's been a whirlwind for Tavares since the Islanders selected the 18-year-old forward with the first overall pick in the draft Friday. From the podium at Bell Centre in Montreal to the mound at Citi Field in 48 hours. "It's been pretty busy," he said.

Tavares is a native of Oakville, Ontario, and grew up a Blue Jays fan. He said he also liked the Mets. That may or may not be true, given that he couldn't name any current Mets players he wanted to meet, though he did pose for pictures with David Wright.

But like any good Blue Jays fan, he clearly doesn't like the Yankees. Asked if he ever booed Derek Jeter or A-Rod at a Jays game in Toronto, Tavares said: "Oh, yeah. For sure."

Next up for Tavares is a trip back to Montreal and then home to begin to prepare for life as a professional hockey player. He said the next time he'll hit the ice is Thursday.

"I'm only here for a short period of time," he said. "That's why I wanted to come here for the game tonight and talk to Garth [Snow, the Islanders' general manager] a little more about the future and how things are going to go the rest of the summer for me."


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