The Mets announced that they have added a camouflage jersey to their rotation this year, and will wear them for five Monday home games, titled “Military Mondays” in 2014. The dates they will be worn are:
April 21: vs. St. Louis
July 7th: vs. Atlanta
July 28th: vs. Philadelphia
September 8th: vs. Colorado
September 15th: vs. Miami
From the Mets Twitter account, we have a picture of the jersey as modeled by PR Guru (and potential opening day shortstop) Jay Horwitz:
— New York Mets (@Mets) November 11, 2013
Though the team has added the jerseys to their repertoire, there aren’t any indications that they’ll be worn regularly (a la San Diego). That they’re creating a series of events around them to honor the United States Military is commendable. The Mets have announced that for these home games, they will offer up to four (4) complimentary tickets for those with active or retired military identification and their guests. Further, as they have in the past, they will still be providing complimentary tickets for active or retired military personnel for all non-sellout home games in 2014.
The Mets have been active in their support of the military over the past several years. They have partnered with The Wounded Warrior Project to honor a Veteran of the Game for each of their 81 home games each season, and their annual Military Appreciation Day has been well received, with thousands of tickets provided to service men and women (and their families), family reunions, and pre-game ceremonies to honor those who serve our nation. Each year, the Mets visit Veterans hospitals in New York and Washington D.C., and will expand on that this season in their efforts to raise the spirits of those injured abroad.
Fred Wilpon was also a driving force behind the creation of the Welcome Back Veterans charity, which works to provide treatment for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Major League Baseball Charities is a founding partner of Welcome Back Veterans and has helped to raise over $17 million for mental health treatment for military veterans.