Biloxi native Barry Lyons and several Jackson Mets from the 1980s will participate in Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities leading up to Tuesday’s game at Citi Field in New York.
Lyons, who played on the New York Mets’ 1986 world championship team, will be one of the legends of the game signing autographs during the five-day T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at the Javits Center. He will also be involved in a 5K & Fun Run on Saturday at Prospect Park that will benefit Superstorm Sandy Relief, which devastated the New York City area nine months ago.
“I will be speaking to many of the victims of Superstorm Sandy based on my experiences with Hurricane Katrina,”’ Lyons said told the Sun-Herald newspaper in Biloxi. “I will be talking about Major League Baseball’s support of me after that. I will share with those who have suffered.
Former Jackson Mets from the 1980s participating include Lyons, Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson and Kevin Mitchell.
The run will feature a number of special guests including Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, former Major League manager Tony La Russa, former Mets Lyons, John Franco, Dwight Gooden, Ed Charles, Ed Kranepool, and Art Shamsky.
Lyons and about 30-40 former players — some Hall of Famers — will be participate in the five-day Fan Fest beginning Friday. On Monday, Lyons participates with Lou Brock, Sid Fernandez, George Foster, Ron Hunt, Johnson, Fred Lynn, Phil Niekro, Jesse Orosco, Strawberry, Tim Teufel and Gaylord Perry.
“I feel privileged to be among this group,” said Lyons.
Lyons, who has been instrumental in trying to bring a minor league baseball team to his hometown Biloxi, was a catcher with the Mets (1986-1990), the Los Angeles Dodgers (1990-1991), the California Angels (1991) and the Chicago White Sox (1995).
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