The Mets honored slain New York City Police Officer Brian Moore before Tuesday’s game against Baltimore, a game the Orioles fan had tickets to attend.
Moore’s cousins, who did not wish to be identified, sat in the seats several rows behind the Orioles dugout Tuesday night. They sat quietly, saying they came to “honor” their cousin, who was shot in the face on Saturday and died on Monday.
Officer Brian Moore dies Monday after being shot in the face on Saturday.
O’s slugger Chris Davis, Moore’s favorite player, signed a ball for the family. Davis later hit a home run in the ninth inning of the Mets’ 3-2 win.
“I said a little prayer before the game after finding everything out,” Davis said. “It’s just kind of heavy on my heart. If I could do something to honor him, whether it was something to help us win or a bright spot, I’m glad God came through.”
Before the game, Moore’s picture, bordered by a badge with a black ribbon, lingered on the video screens inside Citi Field and outside the park, too. There was a moment of silence and an NYPD color guard in attendance.
Moore had bought three tickets for the game. He and his dad and his girlfriend were supposed to go. But instead, Moore was remembered in a somber ceremony — the second such salute the Mets have had for fallen officers this season. On Opening Day at Citi Field, Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu — who were killed in December — were remembered.On Tuesday, Mets players wore NYPD hats during batting practice for Moore, 25.
“Someplace along the line, hopefully we don’t have to keep wearing these hats,” Terry Collins said. “We are honoring the true heroes, the soldiers, the police, the fire department that keep us all safe and secure. What they have to face each and every day is beyond any of our imaginations.
Michael Cuddyer added, “I think it is a good gesture by the team, shows we care and are thinking of them.