2015-03-11 / Features

Mets Host Slain Cop’s Kin At Spring Training Camp

The families of two NYPD officers who were ambushed and executed in their patrol car on December 20 joined the Mets at their Spring Training Camp in Florida last weekend.

Team officials extended the invitation to the families of Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, to give them a taste if spring at the camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida on March 8, 9 and 10, a team spokesperson said.

Ramos’ wife, Maritza and sons Justin and Jaden arrived at the camp with Liu’s widow, Pei Xiu, mother Xiu Yan and dather, Wei Pang on Friday morning, where the brothers found team lockers and uniforms emblazoned with their names.

The pair served as Mets bat boys, took a few swings on the field and “just hung out with the players,” the spokesperson said.

Mets captain, David Wright, is credited with pitching the invitation to the families, team officials said. Wright, whose dad is a retired assistant police chief in Virginia, made a call to the families asking them to join the team during Spring Training after learning they are avid Mets fans, the spokesperson said.

The families were lauded by the team at a dinner held in their honor on March 5, “to let them know their father and loved ones are heroes – and to let them know they have an open invitation to come down and hang out, whenever they want,” Wright said.

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