New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Saturday spoke at a synagogue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he wore a New York Mets yarmulka, as he encouraged the rabbi to pray for their victory, and said he was confronted by a toddler about his pre-kindergarten program, according to the New York Daily News on Sunday.
Speaking at the Congregation Beth Elohim synagogue, de Blasio, who threw the first pitch at the Mets’ Citi Field on Monday, said, “Being baseball season, you may notice I’m wearing a Mets-themed yarmulke. Now, I’m not taking sides, but I must say the Mets gave me the opportunity to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day, so I’m providing a little support back to them.”
He said to the congregation’s leader, “Rabbi, we have a strong belief in helping the underdog and the oppressed — I think that means we should be there for the New York Mets.”
The Daily News, which called De Blasio “a real Mets mensch,” wrote, “It seems as if the prayer paid off, as the Mets won Saturday on Ike Davis’ walkoff grand slam.”
“De Blasio managed to swing his rhetorical bat from baseball to his signature prekindergarten initiative. When crying children at the synagogue started drowning out the mayor, he quipped, ‘They are restless for better educational opportunities. Another one of them just said to me, ‘When am I getting full-day pre-K?’”