Major League Lesson for Amityville Ballplayers

Major League Lesson for Amityville Ballplayers
Players from the Amityville Union Free School District’s baseball program got to learn from the professionals when they were invited to Citi Field to work with the New York Mets. Nearly 30 players from the varsity, junior varsity and middle school levels recently spent three hours at Citi Field.

Mets players Dominic Smith, Jeurys Familia and Luis Guillorme worked with the players on hitting, pitching and fielding. Also participating were former Mets pitcher and SNY broadcaster Nelson Figueroa, bullpen coach Ricky Bones and Director of Player Relations Donovan Mitchell.

“It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said head coach Chris Diot. “Our players had a great time and were even invited back for next year. It was just an incredible day for the Amityville baseball program.”

Assistant Coach Jack Zider said in addition to baseball skills, the young players learned life lessons such as perseverance. The Mets players, coaches and staff shared stories of their baseball journeys.

“The opportunity to learn from Major League players and coaches is something that we could only dream about before that day,” Coach Zider said. “I’m confident that I speak for all of us when I say that we are forever grateful to the Mets for their generosity and enthusiasm when providing this baseball education and sharing their passion and love for the game.”