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Matz Wows Mets Fans With Shutout And First Responders WIth TRU 32 Program

By Joyce Vetere Milowski & Dan Miller

Mets flame thrower Steven Matz poses with 32 members of the NYPD’s fraternal organizations following his thank you meet and greet after he helped the Mets defeat the Atlanta Braves in a constant drizzle in Flushing Queens on Wednesday May 4
 
Mets flame thrower Steven Matz poses with 32 members of the NYPD’s fraternal organizations following his thank you meet and greet after he helped the Mets defeat the Atlanta Braves in a constant drizzle in Flushing Queens on Wednesday May 4 New York Mets flame throwing righthander Steven Matz not only wows the fans who come to CitiField to see him pitch for the New York Mets. The young Long Island native began a program to recognize and thank first responders from the NYPD, FDNY and members of the military.

Matz calls his program TRU 32. It is named for his jersey number 32 and the true and blue first responders from New York’s fire fighters, police officers and members of the military. Matz provides free tickets to 32 members of fire, police and military for each Mets home game that is played on a Wednesday. Before each game he meets and greets them and then each member of his invited guests receives two tickets to that night’s game.

This week Steven Matz, who actually pitched and helped the Mets defeat the Atlanta Braves Steven Matz with NYPD Commander Queens North Diana Pizutto.
 
Steven Matz with NYPD Commander Queens North Diana Pizutto.   8-0 in a Wednesday afternoon start joined 32 members of the different fraternal organizations of the NYPD after the game.  Matz greeted the group in the press conference room at CitiField following his masterful 2-hit gem in which he helped shut out the Braves yielding only two harmless singles while striking out 8 and not walking anyone. The Mets hit 4 more home runs, two by Lucas Duda, and one each by Rene Rivera (back up catcher) and shortstop Astrubal Cabrera.  Matz raised his record to 4-1, leading the Mets in wins thus far in the early stages of the 2016 MLB season. The Mets play 162 games and have started off well with a 17-9 record.

Following his outstanding pitching performance Matz hosted the group for whom he provided a pair of tickets to the game for each one present. He then took the stage and thanked them for the work they do.

NYPD Queens North Commanding Officer Diana Pizuto meets with family of Steven Matz during his TRU 32 Meet and Greet of NYPD first responders at Citi Field. Steven Matz father and grandfather were there to congratulate him on his gem of a pitching performance.NYPD Queens North Commanding Officer Diana Pizuto meets with family of Steven Matz during his TRU 32 Meet and Greet of NYPD first responders at Citi Field. Steven Matz father and grandfather were there to congratulate him on his gem of a pitching performance.The Mets starter had always wanted to become a fire fighter and would have tried if he had not become one of the Mets top flame throwers.  Matz took photos with each first responder present as well as a group photo. He even had time to sign a few autographs before boarding the team bus that would take him and the Mets to the airport where scheduled to catch a flight to San Diego for their west coast trip that would pit them against San Diego Padres (4 games), Los Angeles Dodgers (3 games) and the Colorado Rockies ( four game) before returning to Citi Field to face the division leading Washington Nationals on Tuesday May 17.

Stevens’ family was on hand to greet him following this special TRU 32 meet and greet. His grandfather told the Queens Gazette, “I remember when I held him as a baby,” while showing an ear to ear smile shoeing how proud he is of his grandson.

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