for the grassy berm in the right field and an additional 200
tickets in the nearby grandstands. The group is named after
the 7 train of the New York City subway system, which stops
near Citi Field at Mets–Willets Point.
Spring training plays a vital role in his commission achieving
its goal of promoting sports tourism, Hatcher said.
“It’s important in so many ways,’’ said Hatcher, who’s also
in his second year serving as president of the Port St. Luciebased
Florida Sports Hall of Fame. “It helps identify the destination
as Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, being the spring
training home for the New York Mets.
“It’s very similar to what Dodgertown was for Vero Beach
for so long as its spring training home 60 years before
moving to Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Arizona, in 2009. It
allows people to understand where they are and it’s really
given some additional exposure for the area having the Mets
here, no doubt.’’
NO. 1 LOCAL BOOSTER
Jim Fertitta’s fervent love for the Mets has been well documented
by area media outlets over the years.
He and wife, Susan, moved from Brentwood, Long Island,
to Port St. Lucie in 1989 for two reasons: “90 percent Mets, 10
The Fertittas immediately joined the New York & St. Lucie
Mets Booster Club. And, today, he is in his 22nd year as president
of the nonprofit organization that has approximately
325 members split evenly between the Treasure Coast and
the New York metropolitan area. The booster club conducts
social events as well as fundraisers to support organizations
that help indigent and abused children.
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