What started months ago with an innocent request and a seemingly unattainable goal, became a remarkable reality Friday night at Citi Field.
Callie Quinn, the 17-year-old New York Mets fan whose request to have her prom photos taken at Citi Field went viral and earned well over 500,000 retweets, had her dreams come true.
It started with a challenge
Quinn first approached the Mets about the possibility of taking her prom photos at Citi Fieid with a simple direct message on Twitter on Jan. 19.
The Mets responded to Quinn’s request, but threw her a curveball when they challenged her to earn 500,000 retweets. If she did, the team agreed to grant her request.
— callie (@callieshayeeex3) January 19, 2018
Baseball fans come together for Callie Quinn
At first, the Mets challenge seemed unattainable. As word of the Mets challenge went viral though, baseball fans from all over the world came together to help Quinn reach her goal.
Within eight days, she had the retweets needed to take her prom photos at Citi Field.
WE DID IT!!! thank you all so much!!! you all helped me achieve this goal !! I’m so grateful. Time to pick out a dress!! pic.twitter.com/vXVJpghDJ2
— callie (@callieshayeeex3) January 27, 2018
It’s a pretty amazing story that got even better Friday night.
Mets roll out the red carpet
The Mets stood by their word. Though Quinn’s actual prom isn’t until next weekend, when the Mets are out of town, the team made good by rolling out the red carpet before Friday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Quinn, who arrived wearing a Mets-blue ballgown, was greeted by several players. She even enjoyed a dance with reliever Jerry Blevins.
— Greg Tartaglia (@NJTags13) May 18, 2018
Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and manager Mickey Callaway were among the others who welcomed Quinn to Citi Field.
More than 500,000 new friends
The Citi Field experience was beyond anything Quinn imagined when she first reached out to the team. But it’s the way that hundreds of thousands of people she didn’t know came together that really had an impact on her.
“When I started thinking about it, I was like, [500,000 retweets], that’s super high,” Quinn told Newsday. I don’t know about that. But then I got to like 300,000, that was when I was like, all right, I might make it. At 400,000, I knew I was done. I knew I would get there. The best part is all the people that I met through Twitter. This is a huge bonus, of course. This is the end goal. But I think all the connections that I made, all the friends I made through this, it was awesome.”
Hats off to the Mets for making this a truly special experience for Callie Quinn.
Pat yourselves on the back too, baseball fans. Your support and kindness has helped make this one of the coolest stories of the year in MLB.
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