A day after 10-year-old Chris Cannizzaro of Staten Island met President Barack Obama during his visit to Ground Zero and got a fist bump from the president, he got another treat.
Cannizzaro, a devout Mets fan whose favorite player is David Wright, was invited to toss the ceremonial first pitch Friday at Citi Field before the Mets-Dodgers game.
Cannizzaro's father, Brian, was a New York City firefighter from Ladder 101 in Red Hook who died on 9/11. Chris was 10 1/2 months old at the time.
"Actually he is named after a Mets catcher from the 1960s," said his mother Jackie, referring to the Chris Cannizzaro who caught for the Mets from 1962-65, during a 13-year major league career. "We have the baseball card, which I should have brought with me. We put it in his incubator when he was born, Brian and I. He was born during the Subway Series, when the Mets played the Yankees."
As for Chris meeting the president, Jackie said: "He just talked to us so informally and so graciously. It was just an absolutely beautiful moment."