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Anton Goff Throws Out Ceremonial First Pitch at Citi Field

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Just before the start of Monday's contest between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field, St. John's Athletic Director Anton Goff delivered the ceremonial first pitch in front of a welcoming home crowd in Flushing.

A former Division I football standout, Goff saw his talents translate well to the baseball diamond, as he fired a first-pitch strike from the rubber while Mets starter Zack Wheeler looked on from just a few feet away.

"First and foremost I wanted to go out there and not embarrass myself," Goff recalled after the ceremony. "I wanted to throw a little heat and I think I got that done. Coach Blankmeyer told me, he said `don't bounce it, don't look in the crowd, just look in the catcher's mitt and deliver the ball' and so I kind of did that."

Goff became the second member of the St. John's Athletics community in the last three seasons to toss out the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field, as Red Storm Men's Basketball Head Coach Chris Mullin did so in September of 2015.

"It's absolutely awesome. This experience alone was great personally for me, but to be able to continue to develop a relationship with the Mets, an iconic franchise and us being where we're at right down the street, I think it's very important. We have a lot of different ideas and share those and try to elaborate on how we can expand our brand. Obviously, they've been around a long time and they can help us do that."

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