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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Kiner gets ceremonial first pitch

By Adam Rubin

Here are details directly from the Mets on Opening Day on Friday at Citi Field ...

FIRST PITCH: Original Met and Mets Hall of Fame broadcaster Ralph Kiner will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Mets Home Opener at Citi Field Friday, April 8 when the Mets host the Washington Nationals at 4:10 p.m...Kiner is celebrating his 50th season broadcasting Mets games this year...He was inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975 and into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1984.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Michael Amante, a New York native and an acclaimed tenor, will sing the National Anthem.

VETERANS: More than 140 veterans representing all five U.S. Armed Services -- Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy -- will be on the field during the pre-game presentation of a giant American flag.

MR. MET BOBBLEHEAD: The first 25,000 fans will take home a Mr. Met bobblehead courtesy of Citi.

R.A. DICKEY: Will start the home opener on Friday...It will be Dickey’s second home opening start of his career...Dickey started the Texas Rangers Home Opener on April 9, 2004 vs. Anaheim...He picked up the win, working 7.0 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, none earned, with no walks and five strikeouts in Texas’ 12-4 win...Dickey pitched in relief in the Rangers home opener the following year (2005) and suffered the loss, allowing one run in 1.0 inning of work in a 7-6 loss to the Angels on April 11.