Shurmur, who throws left-handed, bounced his ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field in the grass, which sent the ball skipping off to the right of home plate. Still Shurmur, who played first base and pitched through high school, said he’s a “big baseball fan” who “used to go to six or eight Tiger games a year” as a product of Dearborn, Michigan. So he said the chance to step onto the Mets’ mound was “a big thrill for me” and got a chance to meet Mets manager Mickey Callaway. “I think as coaches in town, we’re rooting and pulling for one another,” he added.
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