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Citi Lights Up for Sanchez’s First Pro Throw

Posted by Randy Lange on April 27, 2009 – 10:38 pm

The Mark Sanchez East-Side-West-Side-All-Around-the-Town Post-Draft Victory Parade continued tonight in Flushing, Queens. And the Jets’ new quarterback immediately won new fans in the Mets’ dugout and in the Citi Field stands with what, you could argue, was the first throw of his pro career.

Sanchez was geeked about the chance to throw out the first pitch of the Mets-Marlins game and the Mets fans were pumped to see him, giving him a huge ovation. Wearing a white Mets jersey with his already recognizable No. 6 on the back and a Jets baseball cap, the rookie fired a soft strike to another rookie, Mets catcher Omir Santos, then pumped his hands in the air, perhaps practicing for his first pro touchdown pass to, say, Jerricho Cotchery, in five months.

"Just threw out first pitch," Sanchez tweeted to his Twitter followers. "Mets fans were awesome!"

They may be even more appreciative since Santos came to the plate minutes later in the first inning and stroke his first major league home run. In fact, it was a grand slam, not only the first of his career but the first hit by a Met at their new Citi park. And that big blow along with the pitching of John Maine "in relief of" Sanchez held up all game as the Mets posted a 7-1 win over the NL East-leading but fading Marlins.

Sanchez, too, was awesome both before and after throwing the first pitch. He signed autographs for 20 minutes, then later he did yet another interview, this one during SNY’s telecast of the second inning.

"Mark was polite, engaging and has a tremendous personality," Mets media relations manager Ethan Wilson told us. "It’ will obviously serve him well in New York."

Perhaps the only downside to the night was that the Jets really couldn’t be in evidence. Rules formulated by the NFL and NCAA prevent any newly drafted player from spending more than 24 hours doing team and league work immediately after the draft, even in the area of fulfilling media requests.

Sanchez and his family flew in from California on redeye flights to do a full day of interviews Sunday at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J., and at Radio City Music Hall in the latter stages of the second day of the draft.

In other words, Monday Mark was on his own. The Jets didn’t have a presence at Citi Field. But head coach Rex Ryan and his staff will get to lay their hands on their new signalcaller beginning Thursday when he and the rest of the Jets’ rookie class reports for meetings before taking the field Friday through Sunday at the Jets’ rookie minicamp.

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39 Responses to “Citi Lights Up for Sanchez’s First Pro Throw”

  1. By 36 year fan on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    JNathan Bullock is a great big sized Tight End I’m surprised he didn’t catch anyones eye. He’s got the right size I think he’s like 6’7″ tall. He plays power forward in basketball he blasts people off the ball. He’d be perfect on the blind side protecting a rookie.

  2. By slammy222 on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    I live in Dallas and I’m a x- Dallas Cowboys fan, I’m a Mark Sanchez fan and a new New York Jets fan!!!

  3. By 36 year fan on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Maybe we could trade for Witten on the cowboys, if they want to do a trade. That would be a better fit for us.Protection for the QB, and a check down option. And lots of Goal line little TE plays. Thats got to be our bread and butter. Just as much as a screen pass, or quick out is. Fundamentals.

  4. By Vincent on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    As a Yankees fan, thank goodness Sanchez pitched the ball at a Mets game!!!With the way the Yanks pitchers are going, the Yankees may have kept him for the entire MLB season!!

  5. By DaveBleedsGreen on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Randy, where is the minicamp being held? Is it open to the public? If so, what time is it at? I’d love to see Sanchez and Greeene in action this weekend.

  6. By Ira on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Some TE’s that are FA’s E.Johnson he would be somebody to look into if healthy, D.Wilcox not a very good blocker, M.Campbell, M.Bruener worth a look, J.Tuman, and of course B.Franks. randy, Nice prediction on your posts by the opener. I will say you hit or go over the 50,000. GO RADAR!!!!!

  7. By Ira on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Just looking around the league and the draft. Pouha’s cousin F.Moala DT was drafted by the Colts along with D.Brown RB from Conn. The Jags took 2 OT’s with their 1st 2 picks and got Jennings the RB. KC probably got the best DL with T. Jackson. The Eagles got a steal with Maclin dropping to #19. Tenn took 2 Rutgers players Britt and McCourty. But the Jets got 2 potential studs with Sanchez and Greene.

  8. By Randy Lange on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    DaveBleedsGreen, the Jets will hold their rookie minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park, N.J. This camp is not open to the public. But we’ve already announced that the mandatory full-squad camp in June will be open to the public. We’ll have more details on that as the time draws closer.

  9. By Randy Lange on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Your optimism is infectious, Ira.

  10. By Dusty on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Randy, With all this trading going on why dont they trade Kellen Clemens to a team that is more deserving of him. I mean come on the jets trade and trade and will trade again and he will still be there waiting his turn on the turf. Yeah he had a rocky season and then was cold as heck cause of brett favre who cost us more than anything including a trip down memory lane. Clemens is better.

  11. By 36 year fan on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Ira, your all over the TEs. Yeah, Bubba Franks. I almost forgot about him already.He did good.Greene has awesome speed and moves. We allready have Leon Washington though? We could use a big bruiser to pound it still. Larry Johnson would fit so well into a running attack. We could get him for cheap. Look what the falcons got Tony Gonzalez for. We could have easily outbid Atlanta for Tony Gonz.

  12. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Randy, they better start selling some good Mexican food at the games now! In L.A. it’s everywhere but in NY you still can’t get it last I was there. ‘Course, you can’t get really good pizza, linguini with white clam sauce, almost ANY veal parmigian’ (thank God for Herb Alpert, his jazz club Vibrato makes an awesome veal parm!), or real White Castles out here. (Them supermarket ones is weak!)

  13. By 36 year fan on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    50,000 is nothin’ If Woody and Mr T. hook up the Boldin deal they’ll be lookin at a quarter million

  14. By Tom Spicer "The Draft Guru" on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    I think they got the best QB in the draft & they got a stud running back. That kid Greene is from Jersey he is a 235 monster he runs guys over. He is the perfect complement to Leon Washington. The same way the G Men have Jacobs & Bradshaw now we have our thunder & lighting. Jones is 31 he got 1 year left with the team he looks like he is going to hold out so we are covered if he does.

  15. By Tom Spicer "I Bleed Green" on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Next year he is going to make $5,800,000 there is no way he gets that he will not be on the team next year. The guys the Jets gave up 2 of them were backups & 1 was barley a starter Jones will be 32 in the 2010 season he has got 1 year left MR. T has a great track record for trading up for guys that he knows are players 1 Revis 2 Keller 3 Harris. MR.T says Greene was the best RB in the draft.

  16. By 36 year fan on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    I thought Arizona did well to pick up Beanie Wells, He’s gonna be a superstar. Also thought the lions did well to get Stafford And Pettigrue he was the best TE in the draft.I dont think Oakland did that bad they got Heywood-Bey. K.C. did well getting T. Jackson the Jets are gonna have to deal with that guy. The Cowboys screwed up bad, and the Broncos? they are goin’ down the tubes.I love it

  17. By Anthony on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Now is Sanchez going to be throwing sometime in the next month? I think the sooner he gets to working out the play book the better off the Jets are going to be in the long run if he can really work the offense.

  18. By uncle joe on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Hey,I see the Jets signed that rookie free agent Fullback Southerland.He was like the second best FB in college.Didn’t he do alot of blocking for Knowshon Moreno? We also got 3 TEs.I guess any smart undrafted TE would come to us first before anybody because we definately have an opening!

  19. By 36 year fan on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Braylon Edwards is still available.

  20. By Randy Lange on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Anthony, Sanchez is expected to participate in this weekend’s rookie minicamp, not open to the public, then at the mandatory full-squad camp in June, which will be open to the public.

  21. By Refayel on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Damn he’s done 24 hours of media work for the Jets already?? That’s a weird rule. But what difference would it have made if the Jets went with him to Citi Field for the first pitch.

  22. By Mike Jet Vet on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Trying to find some positives about the up coming season .That being said 1 of our biggest problems last year our receivers were constantly over thrown out of position gave up on routes ..Can all you Sanchez fans honestly say we addressed this issue .Then to make it worst our TE position is a big problem then lose our only punter in camp ? Any1 know where I’m going with this 8-8 is a stretch

  23. By Tom Spicer "The Draft Guru" on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Sanchez is a franchise QB something the Jets have not had in a long time I love the trade. Sanchez is a leader, he is smart, he has a better arm than guys give him credit 4, he can scramble really well, he has played in a pro style O, every practice he went against NFL players 6 guys on last years USC D were drafted, he can handle New Yorks media USC is LA’S pro team.

  24. By govybear on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    You guys are amazing. Lets erect a statue for Sanchez. You’re creating a prima dona. It’ll be fun to watch his response to the first sign of adversity or failure. Meanwhile theres a blue collar guy who knows how to work. And win. Keep working Kellen. Your time is coming. I’d rather have a cowboy on my side than an actor.

  25. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Mike Jet Vet, a first year of 6-10 with Sanchez beats 12-4 with Favre, especially when you look at this year’s Jet schedule, and those holes will be filled. Govybear, nothing against KC but that’s unfair to Sanchez, he’s a tough Chicano kid whose firefighter dad played QB in college. I’m not saying he’s Namath but Joe was a tough kid from coal-mine country, too. Sunny and upbeat doesn’t mean soft.

  26. By Liam on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    The jets should sign as a free agent Ryan Purvis, to develop someone at the hole at TE. After his junior season, playing with Matt Ryan he was projected to go high in the draft. His stock fell this year because Chris Crane was a terrible quarterback and he didn’t get a chance to make any catches. But he is an NFL sized TE with great hands that would be an outstanding free agent pickup.

  27. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Also, Govybear, I don’t know if you’ve ever been out here but East L.A., where Sanchez’s family originally hails from, is as tough as it gets. And Chicanos take a lot of —- out here, whether they’re star QBs or not lots of folks act as if they’re all gardeners and maids. I’ll bet the house Sanchez has been through enough to stare down plenty of dudes on the street, much less on the gridiron.

  28. By Tom Spicer "The Draft Guru" on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Guys calm down the Jets have signed 3 TE’S Robert Myers (Utah State) Andrew Davie (Arkansas) J’Nathan Bullock (Cleveland State) 2 DE’S Zach Potter (Nebraska) Jamaal Westerman (Rutgers) 1 DT Matt Kroul (Iowa) & A Punter T.J. Conley (Idaho) rome was not built in a day.

  29. By jetfan74 on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Kellen will start. If he plays well then he will be trade bait or should be restricted FA and either way will get a #2 pick for him. Sanchez will assume duties next year if that happens, but if not he will be thrown into the fire early if KC falters. I didn’t like the pick at first, but future looks bright and I’m on board. I think the kid knows how to get the job done w/ whatever tools he’s given

  30. By JETS 4 LIFE on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    hey the guy is a STUD govy bear we are not making him out to be a prima donna he is the new franchise QB and he will make mistakes and he will lose games but that’s expected bottom line on KC is that he was a bust sorry but true Mangini didn’t even want him he chose BR an undrafted rookie over Kellen so give me the ACTOR and I’ll see you at the RED CARPET with that said GO JETS OUR YEAR BABY!!!!!!!!

  31. By michael on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    hey randy can you show us a list of player that the jets sign after the draft because i know they sign some players.don’t know there names though

  32. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Randy, here’s a shorter version of my other emails that might work better: Mike Jet Vet, 6-10 with Sanchez beats 12-4 with Favre, we’re rebuilding for real this time. Govybear, unfair to Sanchez, he’s a gung-ho kid who’s worked hard and triumphed in a very tough room. I’m not saying he’s Namath but Joe was tough, too, a coal-mine country kid, so we know that sunny and upbeat doesn’t mean soft.


  33. By govybear on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    One things for sure, time will tell. I’m not easily distracted by shiny objects, though.

  34. By Randy Lange on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    michael, I can’t officially release the names yet, but many fellow commenters and beatwriters have already done some research and come up with many names on this site and on newspaper sites.

  35. By Mike Jet Vet on Apr 28, 2009 | Reply

    Jets Fan since 64 {{ CLAP CLAP CLAP }} wonderful speech are you running for Mayor of L.A .or Sanchez’s Agent ? WE have drafted tons of guy’s who can stare down the boogeyman PROBLEM IS THEY HARDLY EVER WORK OUT SO EXCUSE THE FANS THAT JUST CAN’T BE AS OPTIMISTIC AS YOU..I will say I really do hope & pray he does live up to your hype but if he doesn’t that sets us back years yet again

  36. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 29, 2009 | Reply

    Mike Jet Vet, no way you missed my many posts saying don’t draft Sanchez, he doesn’t throw long that well. But it’s not any hype but Rex’s judgment that’s swayed me, and we all liked that judgment re his pickups on D. Who are these tons of QBs we drafted who were so tough? Constantly-injured Chad? So sue me if I won’t be part of calling Sanchez “an actor,” which doesn’t even make any damn sense!

  37. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 29, 2009 | Reply

    And by the way, Mike Jet Vet, I’m sure you’ve read that Sanchez and Clemens have the same agent, so either way we’re gonna have to deal with THAT dude! In fact, we already have been but from what I’ve seen of KC in college and on the Jets, I’ll put my money on Sanchez. Which reminds me, I completely agree with the guy who posted “Give the money to Leon [instead of Jones], he deserves it!”

  38. By Vincent on Apr 29, 2009 | Reply

    Just saw on TV that Edgrin James has been released by the Cards. My guess is they’ll have some interest in TJones and may trade Boldin if the package is right.

  39. By kenneth on May 1, 2009 | Reply

    i love the new coach the jets will be better than last year.the D is really good last season we was great this year much much better we dont need boldin we have a wr 66,63,62 young use them new fresh speed yar comments are wack when the jets go far dont start kissing up

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