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Dark days: Mets to use black jerseys for 1st time since 2012

July 15, 2021 GMT
FILE - New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine (2) throws his arms up as his team celebrates on the field after Mets' Robin Ventura's grand slam-turned single in the 15th inning to defeat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series in New York, in this Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, file photo. For the Mets, July 30 will be a dark day — in a good way. New York will use black jerseys for the first time since 2012 when the Mets play Cincinnati at Citi Field that night. The Mets said Thursday, July 15, 2021, that they will use black jerseys for all remaining Friday night home games this season. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)
FILE - New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine (2) throws his arms up as his team celebrates on the field after Mets' Robin Ventura's grand slam-turned single in the 15th inning to defeat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series in New York, in this Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, file photo. For the Mets, July 30 will be a dark day — in a good way. New York will use black jerseys for the first time since 2012 when the Mets play Cincinnati at Citi Field that night. The Mets said Thursday, July 15, 2021, that they will use black jerseys for all remaining Friday night home games this season. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — For the Mets, July 30 will be a dark day — in a good way.

New York will use black jerseys for the first time since 2012 when the Mets play Cincinnati at Citi Field that night.

The Mets said Thursday that they will use black jerseys for all remaining Friday night home games this season.

The Mets last wore a home black jersey in July 2012, an 8-5 home defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers that included R.A. Dickey’s first relief appearance in 10 years. It was New York’s eighth loss in nine games.

Memorable Mets games in black jerseys include: Bobby Valentine returning to the dugout with eyeglasses and a fake mustache of eye black following an ejection on June 9, 1999; Robin Ventura’s game-ending grand slam single in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series against Atlanta that Oct. 17; and David Wright’s first major league home run, against Montreal on July 26, 2004.

New York will wear black jerseys on Aug. 13 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Aug. 27 against Washington, Sept. 10 against the New York Yankees, and Sept. 17 against Philadelphia.

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