Long Way From Home: Mets Plate in Space
That’s one giant leap for the Mets! As part of a final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009, Atlantis shuttled a home plate from Shea Stadium right into Outer Space. Mike Massimino — Mets superfan, New York native and oh by the way a NASA astronaut — kept the plate in his locker on the trip. Once back on Earth, Massimino brought the plate to Citi Field and threw out the first pitch before a Mets game in July. NASA presented these items to the Mets in recognition of the feat.
( C ) New York Mets (photo by Heritage Werks)