Birthday Bash at Shea Stadium

By Sarah Kricheff

Published May 15, 2008, issue of May 23, 2008.
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The New York Mets will celebrate Israel’s 60th birthday when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers later this month. Asaf Shariv, consul general of Israel in New York, will throw out a first pitch at the May 29 game, and the American group Parparim Ensemble will perform Israeli folk dance during the pre-game ceremony.

Big Day at Shea: The Met celebrate Israel\'s 60th birthday.
Big Day at Shea: The Met celebrate Israel\'s 60th birthday.

Baseball fans, however, might be focusing on what could be, for some, an unsettling sight on the sidelines: New York great Joe Torre wearing a Dodgers

uniform. The showdown brings Torre back to the Big Apple, following his unfortunate departure from the Yankees last year. Torre is now manager of the Dodgers.

At this point, the game’s outcome is anyone’s guess. Both teams are strong National League clubs, but the Mets have been underperforming so far this season, and while the Dodgers started out hot, they were recently brought back to a mediocre record after a five-game slump.


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