Bad luck for Lavin

New St. John's coach Steve Lavin was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Mets tonight, but the baseball gods had other ideas, and the game has been rained out.

That didn't prevent Lavin from donning a No. 1 Mets jersey and soaking up a day with the New York media, of course.

Others from the college basketball world have gotten to take the major league mound this offseason, including Saint Mary's guard Mickey McConnell (A's) and Kansas center Cole Aldrich (Royals), who felt the need to practice for the big day.

Butler coach Brad Stevens will have his day at Wrigley Field next month, and New Mexico coach Steve Alford got to pitch for the minor league Albuquerque Isotopes after the sprinklers came on to send his team scattering.

But due to wetness, Lavin didn't even get to throw at Citi Field at a time when he'll need events like these to help announce his arrival to the scene in New York.

Publicity, after all, will only help him make pitches to recruits, who late in the game are now suddenly considering St. John's.