Prior to the game, Islanders season ticket holders attended an exclusive event in the picnic area, filled with complimentary food and beverages. A select number of Islanders fans received special plaques on-field in honor of Islanders Appreciation Day.
"I'd like to extend a big thank you to Mr. Charles Wang and the entire New York Islanders organization, for providing a very enjoyable evening at Shea Stadium for NYI365 Season Subscriber Appreciation Night," said Chuck DiMaggio of Brentwood. "All the extras that come along with being an Islanders season ticket holder are certainly a bonus and show me how much the Islanders value their season subscribers."
But it was not just a fun night for the fans—some Islanders players got in on the action, as well. Bill Guerin and Doug Weight took part during Mets batting practice to show what they were made of at the plate.
"It was a humbling experience," said Weight, who is more of a line drive hitter than power hitter. "After going out there, it's really amazing to see what these guys do with the bat. It was a lot of fun to come down with Billy and get the adrenaline running. I made some good contact, but didn’t hit any out because the wind was blowing in."
Guerin took his swings for the fences, but also fell short of leaving the yard.
"I swung as hard as I could every time," said Guerin. "I have the deepest respect for these guys. It's not as easy as it looks."
An Islanders season ticket holder since 1972, Peter Brandel had the pleasure of meeting Guerin and Weight on the field and watching them take batting practice.
"I was happy to be able to come," said Brandel. "They were great guys and nice young men."
Following batting practice, Guerin and Weight met a number of the Mets players, including star third baseman David Wright. Guerin and Weight presented Wright with a No. 5 Islanders jersey and wished him good luck for the rest of the season.
On their way off the field, the two Islanders forwards ran into relief pitcher Joe Smith, who was hoping to one day get out on the Nassau Coliseum ice for a practice.
"No problem, we'll make it happen," Guerin told the young Mets hurler. Click here to sign up for season tickets in order to take advantage of great perks for the rest of the season. Click here to watch the IslandersTV recap of last year's Islanders Appreciation Day at Shea Stadium.